In 1975 Halston released his first scent “Halston”, marking the beginning of a long term process in which American designers began transmuting their fashion houses into total emporiums. With a unique bottle design by jeweler Elsa Perreti and notes of mint, melon, carnation, jasmine, cedar, patchouli, oakmoss, vetiver, and incense, it was a smash hit becoming the second top selling perfume after Chanel No. 5.
The scent exudes the virile sexuality of the 70’s, though properly dressed up, it “goes well with suntan and cigarettes, glam rock, safari clothes and unprotected sex – a very retro repertoire”, as one online enthusiast explains. A masculine skewing floral chypre, its bottom notes of oakmoss, vetiver, and patchouli endear it to the other gender as those particular scents have seen a recent spike in popularity for the boys. It all adds the subversive charm that once defined Halston as an international designer whose casual elegance defined the decade’s attitude towards sexual expression. But try it for yourself (the fragrance can be found at most discount shops) and perhaps, as another online commenter suggests, you’ll find yourself “whisked back into an era when cloak and dagger clandestine activities cohabited with a white picket fence existence.”