(image from “Ultrasuede: In Search of Halston”)
Perfumer Bernard Chant (?)
The chypre genre is not only broad but forgiving. The modern Halton by Halston’s calibration is a bit off, and its structure defaults to blend and harmony rather than highlighting the distinctive elements that make a chypre wear so well.
The twin devils of reformulation and a cheapo license holder (Elizabeth Arden) should be the kiss of death, but Halston just barely survives. It reads as a bit blurred, but if you’re not looking for a challenge, it is also a nice simple grassy chypre. Halton by Halston is attributed to perfumer Bernard Chant, which tells you that it wasn’t always the vague chypre of the current model.