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Fashion on Film: Movie Review, Ultrasuede: In Search of Halston

Director Whitney Smith sets off in a retro Camaro ostensibly searching for Halston at the beginning of his fashion documentary. Such a conceit is an early sign that Ultrasuede: In Search of Halston is going to quickly veer off course into the land of ‘70s cheese. Really, it’s doubtful that the designer who spent $100,000 a year of orchids or who arrived at parties by yacht with an entourage of models would have stepped foot in a Camaro. But Ultrasuede is less a thoughtful portrait of the man or designer than Smith’s projection of Halston as a symbol of Studio 54 and the excesses of the ‘70s.

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