Halston Limited, Halston Lgage, Halston Perfume — in 1970 it was all about Halston, the eponymous line, numerous licensing agreements, and, of course, the author designer himself. Studio 54 is the place to be, and cocaine is the thing to do as Halston, a milliner whose career left because of the pillbox hat Jacqueline Kennedy wore at JFK’s inauguration, pivoted to embrace the modern woman who with both ready-made clothes and ordered fashion collections.
Me at Dior ' s New Look in the 1940s, Halston embraced a streamlined silhouette with an emphasis on draping, expensive fabrics, and color that set the tone for sensual ' 70s style. His rise and fall, especially his turbulent personal and professional relationships, were recorded in the long-awaited miniseries Halston that debuted on Netflix today. Made by Ryan Murphy of American Horror Story and Hollywood popular, this five-episode miniseries features intense character development, dialogue bites, beautiful scenes, and , of course, gorgeous garments one that expects from the manufacturer. However, just like the man himself, Halston’s Ewan McGregor has succeeded due in large part to support from a powerful cast of characters portrayed by many famous faces.
Rebecca Dayan is one such face-the versatile artist who reflects on the role of iconic jewelry designer and Halston muse Elsa Peretti. While the physical resemblance between Dayan and Peretti is not surprising — both beauty-haired beauties who started their careers as models — it’s their shared spirit of creatively giving life to the character. Although Dayan hails from the South of France, his Italian accent sounds true to Perentti ' s Florentine roots. The rants and raves are particularly memorable due to the part of the “donna forte” actress that Dayan releases.
Notably, Peretti lived many of his contemporaries to 30 years, passing away just a few weeks ago at 80 years old. Given the timeliness of this series, we are eager to catch up with Dayan and learn more about Peretti’s role during the Halston era, as well as his legacy as one of the most prestigious jewelry designers of his time.
Although we're discussing Halston's glamorous birthday in the 1970s and 80s, Zooming with Dayan in 2021 looks both different than the luxe sets of Netflix's latest fashion-focused series. Sitting on the couch in his NYC apartment, Dayan greeted me over the screen with a shy smile and a certain je ne sais quoi-exuding elusive, seemingly effortless French style in a gray V- neck cashmere sweater, minimalist jewelry, and comfortable. pants.
I was quick to ask for any French fashion or beauty tips, but Dayan was even quicker to wave me. "The French-girl style is just fiction, you know? But it sold a lot of lipstick," she quips.
Before diving into her role as Peretti, I asked the multifaceted artist (in addition to modeling,) Dayan studied great art and design and was also a producer) what first attracted him to the film world. ”I remember watching the film After Hours with my mother. I’ve seen it many times now, but that’s what inspired me to explore the creativity of filmmaking. "
Martin Scorsese's 1985 black comedy features a fierce New York City that stands in stark contrast to the world in which Dayan has been immersed since filming for Halston started in 2019, but again, NYC has always been home to artists.
Dayan and Peretti were both drawn to the city at the age of 20, but the exciting, challenge for Dayan was to find primary resources about in Peretti’s life until after her 50s. “At first, I didn’t know much about Elsa, but I inspired her as a creative, powerful, independent woman,” Dayan said. “There was a lot of information, including video and videos. interviews about Halston, Victor Hugo, and other artists from that era, but not so much about Elsa, ”she recalls.“ I had to think about what she wanted in her 20s, how she would turn out pat, and dance. ”
This appreciation for the movement linked Peretti and Halston, specifically to their design sensibilities. While Halston’s understanding of fabric, color, and texture set the tone for women’s fashion over the decade, Peretti embraced forms found in nature, as seen in her iconic bone cuff for Tiffany & Co. as well as the curved fragrance bottle he designed for Halston ' s first perfume.
Interestingly, the same design aesthetics of Halston and Peretti are easily wearable today. “I love all the clothes,” Dayan said. “But especially the cashmere cardigan and dress that Elsa wore at the airport. I will wear that now. “We also enjoy the bone cuff that Tiffany still sells.“ It just feels special, ”she says.“ Not just the look of it but how it feels to the body. ”The designs Peretti’s is truly timeless — there’s a blink-and-you-miss-it moment where Dayan wears an original Elsa Peretti for Tiffany’s mesh bra under a red suit — and is fully wearable when 21st century.
However, amidst the glitz and glamor of the disco era, the worsening AIDS crisis penetrated the scene, ruining the creative community in which Peretti thrived. ”Very dark time in which people would show up at a festival, in Studio 54, and then just stop showing people. They got the virus and died, ”Dayan explained. Halston himself was diagnosed in the late ' 80s and succumbed to the disease in 1990.
At the end of the series, a title card appeared and mentioned that Halston ' s close friend, Peretti and Liza Minnelli, came together to hold an event to celebrate the designer’s life. Since Peretti’s recent passing, I asked Dayan how he thinks the icon wants his friends and fans to remember. “It’s hard to say, but I think Elsa wants to be remembered first and foremost as an actress,” she muses. "Hopefully, Tiffany will re -release some of her pieces because they don't have time and classics."
Regarding Dayan, I ask what's next on his agenda as we prepare to enter a world that is after COVID. “I’m just excited to get back there and continue to work,” he said. Ever the actress, she is already writing a feature film and looking to find distribution for Born Free a documentary about the maternal health crisis in America that she helped to produce as the first funded project of her nonprofit organization, The Mother Lovers . From model muse to iconic artist, Dayan, like Peretti, has clearly found his medium.
All five episodes of Halston will be available on Netflix starting May 14.
Photographer: Kat Irlin
Stylist: Shibon Kennedy
Hair: Blake Erik
Makeup: Cyndle Komarovski
Dress: Miu Miu
Cases: Adornment of Love