Netflix Halston unpacks the colorful life story of the eponymous fashion designer during the high points of his illustrious career. The miniseries starring Ewan McGregor as an icon particularly highlights Halston’s drug habit, which many in his inner circle viewed as an addiction at its height in the 1970s. in the HalstonHe is wary of drug use at first and admonishes his assistant to be quick. But in the second episode, Halston’s connections (and later parties and offices) become drug-laced affairs. But which exactly did he take? While the men who offer Halston drugs never name the substance directly, it is very likely cocaine.
In addition to cigarettes, joints, and beverages, the real-life Halston also snorted cocaine regularly after trying it during his summer months on Fire Island. He was known to attend a famous club called Studio 54, which was where drug-fueled parties broke up when the designer was dating big names like Liza Minnelli, Andy Warhol, and Bianca Jagger. Cocaine was apparently also a staple when he acted as a host. According to André Leon Talley’s memoir, the designer of the pillbox hat served cocaine from a silver bowl by Elsa Peretti for dessert at dinner parties.
Indeed, Halston often wore sunglasses for fear of looking stoned. Many of his colleagues were concerned about his drug use. Paul Wilmot, who helped market Halston’s fragrance, said Vanity Fair“If you speak to people who are aware of the problems faced by people deep into drug addiction, Halston’s behavior was a textbook.”
Halston Writer, director, and producer Daniel Minahan spends some time on the Netflix miniseries exploring the designer’s relationship with drugs and alcohol. Still, said Minahan diversity that he did not want to portray Halston’s alcohol and cocaine use as “the cause of his death”. “I think it added to his anger, paranoia, and isolation, but I always think drugs are more of a symptom than a cause of something,” Minahan explained.