This feels like a collection in waiting. Next season Marios Schwab takes the creative helm, but until then this label is staying in safe and familiar territory. The main event was the launch of the new fragrance, which is being used to drive the summer look. The key notes are poppy and lavender and so were the main colours. Long layered chiffon gowns, short cocoon cloque cocktail dresses and trellis sequinned kaftans also came in cream and metallics. It has got to be tough for a relatively new collection to carve an ultra luxurious niche for itself as the credit crunch bites. But, if it can be managed at all, the classic understated, languorous Halston look should be the perfect material to do it with.
- Paula Reed in New York