In a matter of a week everything changed at Halston. After having quite the winning team behind them, Sarah Jessica Parker opted to terminate her contract early, Mario Schwab (who replaced Marc Zanini) was fired due to his reluctance to move to New York, Rachel Zoe - who came on board with Harvey Weinstein - left as quickly as she joined and Bonnie Takhar was unceremoniously dropped. For so many board and creative members to leave, there must be a cause. What went wrong?
Some sources were favourable to Parker, The Observer reports:
Although none of the former Halston principals would speak about their departure, citing nondisclosure agreements, a friend of Ms. Parker’s insisted that the actress had nothing to be ashamed of. “Halston was not a healthy company when Sarah Jessica came in,” the source told The Observer. “It was a revolving door for staff. But she worked very hard and sales were up 40 percent by the time she left. I don’t know how [the company] managed their books or what they leveraged, but now they say they need to raise cash and so are turning to licensing to do so.”