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Halston: Slinky but no sizzle

A chocolate silk dress is cinched at the

A chocolate silk dress is cinched at the waist at the Halston fall 2011 collection seen during Fashion Week in Manhattan. (Feb. 15, 2011) Credit: AP

Could someone at Halston please turn up the lights? The moody presentation of models, each standing on a tall cube to form a wide triangle, was dimly lit, sapping the room of energy. The dresses, all vintage Halston looks from the '70s -- long slinky column gowns with daring, exposed cutouts or sexy Grecian draping -- should have sizzled.  Instead, they were just starting to simmer.

That said, designer Marios Schwab clearly has an understanding of the line's rich heritage, and has a way with sexy silhouettes. An olive, one-shoulder gown swung low, daring to bare one cup of a colorful, crystal bra.  An emerald Grecian halter dress looked exotic with the hood pulled up. And a chocolate lambskin shirtdress was simple, sleek, with just a decorative twist at the waist.

The color palette was a little hard to see -- ivory, black, with a few pale, pale, pale, pale green dresses, almost too diluted to have an impact. It seems ironic that the first line of the news release reads, "Ultra Electric."  'Cuz someone here needs to turn up the juice.

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