Bradley Bayou for HalstonNEW YORK, Feb 11, 2004/ FW/ — Bradley Bayou, the designer for Halston decided to show off site once again this season. And though nothing was said why the famous fashion house does not show at the tents, I believe it is because Bradley Bayou’s designs have to be seen up close and personal.

With exquisite detailing that can only be done by hand, the Halston collection should be part of the Paris Haute Couture Show.

Bradley Bayou is Halston’s new voice. He has captured the essence of Halston, yet you can hear his voice loud and clear in the collection.

As his press attaché told FW, “Bradley Bayou believes that even if Halston is alive right now, he will not design clothes the way he did during the 1970s and 1980s. Halston himself will change his style because times have changed.”

I agree wholeheartedly. Things are different now. Runway shows are usually in a clipped pace, compared to the 1960s and 1970s when models relatively walk slower.

As for the clothes, the needs of the contemporary women of today are very different from the needs of the women during the 1970s and 1980s. Bradley Bayou’s decision to break his own path when it comes to the House of Halston is both a wise and logical decision.

At 1:00 PM today, as I sat at the Halston show with a very intimate crowd, I felt I was back in Paris once again covering the Haute Couture season.

As the models walk in to the room and I see them from afar, I immediately fell in love with the dress or gown. And as they pass by me and then stop so that I can inspect the garment closely, I fall in love with it all over again.

Bradley Bayou’s genius as a designer cannot be summed up in one review or with a few photos. One has to be there to truly appreciate the artistry of the collection.

And if one is rich enough, buy the clothes and wear them, because that is the only way to really enjoy this work of art called the Halston Fall 2004 collection.

(Photo above: Halston designer Bradley Bayou, Photo by Javier Mateo)