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Simply Halston Mass Market Paperback – January 1, 1993


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From Publishers Weekly

There's a sad irony in the glitzy life of fashion designer Roy Halston Frowick, product of a Midwestern Depression childhood with an alcoholic father and the self-made "king of New York night life." Halston, whose clean-cut, all-American style was mass-marketed through J. C. Penney, was hooked on cocaine, booze and Quaaludes and had a nasty anti-Semitic streak, as portrayed here. As his fame peaked, he became increasingly paranoid, capricious and hot-tempered, according to Gaines, author of a Beatles biography ( The Love You Make ). Halston, at the height of his fame, was "almost a caricature of a sissy homosexual fashion designer, haughty and superficial," we are told. There are candid details of his coked-out Venezuelan window-dresser lover, his endless stream of call boys, business reversals, cavortings with the rich and beautiful (Andy Warhol, Liza Minnelli et al.) and his death from AIDS in 1990 at the age of 57. Alternately fawning and damning, this frantic biography has a hollow center where a man should be. Photos. First serial to Vanity Fair.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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When Roy Halston Frowick died on March 26, 1990, the society pages and the world of haute couture lost one of their stars. Gaines has been indefatigable in collecting gossip for his account of the glamorous but dissipated life of the man best known for having dressed many fashionable women, such as Jacqueline Onassis, Liza Minelli, Elizabeth Taylor, and Martha Graham. There is nothing edifying in this expose of the unpleasant high jinks of Halston and his fellow celebrities, nor is any purpose served by spelling out the grim details of his death from Kaposi's sarcoma, a complication of AIDS. It is, however, interesting to read of Halston's self-promotion and marketing genius, as he made his leap from window dresser in Chicago to the top of cafe society in Manhattan. A possible choice for the popular reading sections of public libraries. (Photographs not seen.)-- Margarete Gross, Chicago P.L.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback
  • Publisher: Jove (January 1, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0515110159
  • ISBN-13: 978-0515110159
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.6 x 6.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,326,148 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Steven Gaines is the best-selling author of twelve books, including Philistines at the Hedgerow: Passion and Property in the Hamptons; The Sky's the Limit: Passion and Property in Manhattan; The Love You Make: An Insider's Story of the Beatles; and Marjoe, the biography of evangelist Marjoe Gortner.

His journalism has appeared in Vanity Fair, the New York Observer, the New York Times, Los Angeles, and Worth, and he is presently a contributing editor at New York magazine. His frequent television appearances include "60 Minutes"; "The Today Show"; "CBS Morning News"; and "Good Morning America."

Mr. Gaines is a co-founder and past vice-chairman of the Hamptons International Film Festival.

He lives in a small hamlet on the East End of Long Island.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By StyleSnob VINE VOICE on September 30, 2008
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The rise and "fall" of Halston the brand has always been an intriguing story to me. I finally found a copy of this book and thoroughly enjoyed reading it. I felt the author fairly portrayed all sides of Halston the designer, he could have gone on the trashy end of Halston's later years but instead the author reported the drug and sex rumors without over embellishing. From a fashion business aspect, the book was fascinating, to see how quickly one can rise a legend and how simple mistakes and choices can make you "out" in the fashion world.

I would have enjoyed more pictures of Halston's fashion designs throughout the year but I suppose there are art books for that aspect.
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By Dita von Krieg on February 13, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Halton's rise and fall is a tragic tale. To go from being the darling of the fashion world to a pariah is probably the most heartbreaking part of the Halston story. An excellent book that is well written without veering into the trashy. Heartbreaking end for such a renowned genius.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kent Mathews on January 13, 2004
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
fairly dry reading of a fascinating life, not nearly as naughty or revealing as I expected, I understand that a movie is being made based on this book (Alex Baldwin is expected to portray Halston). Let's hope the movie has more bite than this biography.
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1 of 5 people found the following review helpful By David E. on August 28, 2013
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This was sent US Mail. I don't like when you get the typical shipping and it gives a date 5 days away and when you buy it the date changes from 5 days away to three weeks away. Te book was not expensive but looked like a library book that went through a thrift shop, tag sale and other places. Had a bunch of different price stickers all over the place and the edges of the pages have numbers written on them and black marker scribbles all over.
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