What’s In a Name, Anyway?

I wonder if Halston, the upcoming Netflix limited series starring Ewan McGregor about the late It American fashion designer of the ’70s, will succeed with me where Halston, the 2019 documentary about Roy Halston, did not. The doc, which I attempted to watch early days of the pandemic, was too heavy, too familiar.

Perhaps, a little bit of Ryan Murphy magic will do the trick.

Murphy, indeed, is executive producing the mini along the likes of four-time Academy Award-nominated producer Christine Vachon, to spin a fictionalized yarn about how Halston leverages his mononymous, invented name into a worldwide fashion empire that’s synonymous with luxury, sex, status, and fame. When you think about New York in the blur of the ’70s and ’80s, you can’t not think of Halston.

And when some think of Halston, they think of a cautionary tale, for while the party was going (and going…and going – you will hear his dear friend Liza observe he does not know how to stop), a hostile takeover was brewing in his midst, and it forced him to battle for control of his most precious asset: his name.

Guess I’ll find out when Halston gets to streamin’ all around the world on May 14.

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