Ultrasuede: In Search of Halston
Ultrasuede: In Search of Halston (2012)

A fascinating portrait of the rise and fall of America's first celebrity designer-Halston- the man who was synonymous with fashion in the 1970s, and became the emperor of NYC nightlife. Interviews with friends and witnesses (including… More

Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: January 20, 2012
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Sheri Linden
Los Angeles Times

A self-indulgent pilgrimage to the shrine of '70s fabulousness, "Ultrasuede: In Search of Halston" assembles a fine assortment of archival material but falls far short of its stated goal.

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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News

This isn't simply the biography of an American icon, but the chronicle of a misguided filmmaker.

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Mike Scott
Times-Picayune

Halston's name is in the title, but the faintly irritating Ultrasuede isn't necessarily about the fashion designer. It's about director Whitney Sudler-Smith

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Sara Stewart
New York Post

It's unfortunate that director Whitney Sudler-Smith seems to have spent more time on his own hair than his interview prep.

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Sam Adams
AV Club

At least Smith has proof that he spent ample time with the beautiful people.

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Diego Costa
Slant Magazine

The tension between the amateurish interviewer and the star interviewees gives the doc a layer of authenticity that its otherwise formulaic structure and storytelling fail to find.

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Rachel Saltz
New York Times

Lost in all this is Halston, who comes through only in dribs and drabs. If you're curious about him, skip this film.

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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly

This film has a grander trajectory than just about any other fashion doc.

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Chris Barsanti
Filmcritic.com

A dishwater-dull film about an electric subject

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