Are You a 2021 Halstonette? Here's How to Dress the Part

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Early on in Netflix's Halston, Ewan McGregor's Roy Halston quips that you simply can never have too many muses—and many muses he did truly have. From his close friend and confidant Liza Minnelli, to his creative collaborator Elsa Peretti, to the models he favored like Bianca Jagger, Karen Bjornson, and Pat Cleveland, what's clear is one thing: though they may differ in personal style, to be a Halstonette meant quite unequivocally that you were an icon in your own right.

Now that you've binged the streaming fashion frenzy, you've probably felt inspired to lean into the '70s and '80s glamour that was Halston. See here our tricks and tips to nail the signature looks for Halston's muses.

Elsa Peretti

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Photo credit: Jack Robinson - Getty Images

If there was one Halstonette who personified the easy-going glamour of Halston's signature look, it was his co-collaborator. After all, she was the brain behind many of the accoutrements that made his designs so trendy (like the perfume bottle for his fragrance, for example). To nail the Peretti style one needs to look fairly effortless and accessorize well. Think wide leg pants that emphasize a statuesque build and a suede trench tossed over the shoulders.

And remember: the accessories make the Peretti fashion moment. The perfectly wide-brimmed (but not too oversized) hat and sunnies paired with one of her cuffs, whose sinuous and flowing lines added movement to outfits where the minimalist design was backdrop for the exquisite use of fabric.

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Liza Minnelli

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Photo credit: Images Press - Getty Images

Who didn't gasp when Halston transformed Liza's look with a simple red halterneck (one of his design signatures)? During their friendship, Minnelli often leaned toward matching sets and two piece looks. Cop her style with a drapey blouse and matching pair of pants. Pair with platform sandals, and this is crucial, make sure that your lashes are full and fluttery as can be.

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Bianca Jagger

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Photo credit: Ron Galella - Getty Images

Jagger's look can best be summed up by two characteristics in particular: a good neckline and better metallics. As such, a great way to get in on her aesthetic is to wear a pleated jersey gown in a metallic hue—it will catch the light as you move creating all of the drama you crave. Keep the rest of the outfit simple with classic stiletto sandals, a square clutch, and a riviere necklace.

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Karen Bjornson

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Photo credit: Ron Galella - Getty Images

Halston changed the game not just with his use of fabric, but his signature silhouette: the halter with a dramatic plunge (both in the front and in the back). Think: sex appeal and skin without a ton of flourish. Cinch your drapey dress with a deep-v with a braided belt, and mirror the movement of the dress with a bag or clutch that plays with light. For the finishing touch: diamond hoops and that's it. Who said that glamour had to be fussy?

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Pat Cleveland

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Photo credit: Ron Galella - Getty Images

If it's Pat Cleveland you are channeling, then the look must be dancing friendly. Twirlable if you will. And for that you need metallic fringe. It doesn't need to be skin-hugging, but rather body skimming. And if you're not comfortable with the micro-mini, pair a beaded metallic tunic with slim white satin pants, chunky heels and the disco-glam makeup of your dreams.

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