Roy Halston (1932 – 1990) by Andy Warhol.
Polaroid, 1974. Via: www.1stdibs.com
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Legend has it that when evaluating samples for his first men’s fragrance fashion designer Roy Halston (1932 – 1990) couldn’t make up his mind which one to chose so he said, “Launch both!” The names, Z-14 and 1-12 were the code numbers of the samples. The iconic bottle was designed by Elsa Peretti, who also was a model for Helmut Newton and many other photographers of that era. Show more
Z-14 by Halston was launched in 1976, the juice was created by Vincent Marcello and Max Gavarry. It’s a unique leather fragrance with bergamot, lemon, basil, cypress, gardenia as top notes. Middle notes are vetiver, jasmine, patchouli, coriander, cedarwood, cinnamon and geranium; base notes are amber, leather, olibanum, benzoin, oakmoss, musk and tonca.
Halston achieved great fame after designing the pillbox hat Jacqueline Kennedy wore to her husband’s presidential inauguration. Newsweek dubbed him “the premier fashion designer of all America.” His designs were closely associated with the international jet set of the Studio 54 era. Among his clients were Bianca Jagger, Lauren Hutton, Liza Minnelli, Anjelica Huston, Gene Tierney, Lauren Bacall, and Elizabeth Taylor. Halston died on March 26, 1990 from an AIDS-related cancer.
Ultrasuede: In Search of Halston, 2011, U.S. Trailer.
This perfume story was brought to you in collaboration with Elements Showcase New York, 2014.