Last time I nattered on about the guy fragrances from Halston; this time let’s talk about the ladies. Halston (Now “Halston Classic”) Was released in 1975 according to Fragrantica, with notes of:
Top notes are Green Leaves, Mint, Melon, Bergamot and Peach; middle notes are Marigold, Carnation, Cedar, Orris Root, Rose, Ylang-Ylang and Jasmine; base notes are Oakmoss, Amber, Vetiver, Incense, Patchouli, Sandalwood and Musk
What I got from my sample from Surrender to Chance was a burst of white florals- one that reminded me a bit of classic Joy (if not as heady.) The rose and jasmine are right there at the start, made more spring-like with the mint and bergamot.
Then it starts to get…….. dark.
In the miniseries, they actually go over the development of the fragrance with the nose walking a reluctant Halston through the process of of choosing the notes for the scent. He dismisses Oudh as smelling like cow dung and openly weeps at some of the sense memories that one of the notes presented to him brings up. Such is the power of scent, the lady who was hired (in the miniseries- in reality it was Bernard Chant) to be his nose tells him. Eventually he presents her with notes he wants to include in his eponymous scent, including one of the only orchids known to have one and his lover’s used athletic supporter (which she, professional and game lady that she is, huffs deeply)
Halston the scent captures that duality- starting with the diaphanous disco dolly of the sparkly white flower notes and then going into the musky incensy patch with a hint of smoke and leather bringing out the hedonism of the heel of the evening, where the goings on in the balcony and VIP area are best not talked about and certainly better not end up in Page Six.
I honestly can write that I have no real memory of what this smelled like then or the different concentrations and am not sure of the vintage of my sample from STC (It’s just described as the cologne.) An article in Town and Country says this is a wan ghost of the original. I would seriously love to smell that vintage: or would I? I grew up longing to move to NY and be part of that glam group and came of age in the 80’s when the party was frankly over. Best case scenario would be that it would be another wonderful fragrance that has been lost to time, fashion, and the stranglehold of safety regulations. Worst case it may make me, like Halston in the miniseries, weep for a time that I never would have been able to know or capture.
Halston Classic is available on the interwebs for shockingly low prices. I got my sample from Surrender to Chance.
Pictures are from the interwebs except for the one of the sample. which is mine.