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  • community event
  • food vendors on-site
  • live music
  • picnics allowed

America’s first superstar designer, Halston rose to international fame in the 1970s, creating an empire and personifying the dramatic social and sexual revolution of the last century. Reaching beyond the glamour and glitz, acclaimed filmmaker Frédéric Tcheng reveals Halston’s profound impact on fashion, culture, and business.

Halston captures the epic sweep of the life and times of the legendary designer Roy Halston Frowick, the man who set women free with his unstructured designs and strove to “dress all of America.” Framing the story as an investigation featuring actress and write Tavi Gevinson as a young archivist diving into the Halston company records, Tcheng expertly weaves rare archival footage and intimate interviews with Halston’s family, friends, and collaborators including Jacqueline Kennedy, Liza Minnelli, Andy Warhol and Iman. What results is a behind-the-headlines look into the thrilling struggle between Halston’s artistic legacy and the pressures of big business.

FREE – $5 Suggested Donation 

Photographs and/or video will be taken at this event. Images may be used by newportFILM for promotional purposes. 


6th ANNUAL PICNIC CONTEST presented by Taste Artful Interiors & Design

THEME: “Fashion Forward”

Get ready to hit the runway with your most fashionable picnic spread this year! Pay tribute to your favorite designer, trend, style icon, and more… the fashion world is your oyster! Check out some inspiration on our Pinterest page here:
Please keep your picnics to a 10×10 space and make sure they are portable by hand! 



Patti Watson 
Owner/Principal, taste. Artful Interiors & Design.

Loren Barham
Founder & Creative Director, Loren Hope. A luxury costume jewelry house based in Rhode Island. Loren Hope creates seasonal collections of heirloom quality pieces that are crafted in small batches.

Kiel James Patrick & Sarah Vickers, Kiel James Patrick
Owners of Kiel James Patrick, a New England lifestyle brand

Brandyn Brunelle
Creative Director, Executive Advisor, Lila Delman Real Estate

Ryan Elsman
Director of Marketing & PR, Executive Advisor, Lila Delman Real Estate

5:15 PM : Venue & Food Vendors Open
6:30 PM : Picnic Contest Judging Begins
6:45 PM : Live Music By Newport Songwriters Showcase
8:00 PM: Film followed by Q&A with director Frédéric Tcheng + film subject and former model Alva Chinn, moderated by Vanity Fair's chief critic Richard Lawson
Food Vendors: Diego's, Bella's Pizzeria, Rhody Roots, Brunch Belly, Tricycle Ice Cream, LemonsAid, King Arthur Flour Bake Truck
Back-Up Venue: Casino Theatre
Run time: 105 mins
Director: Frédéric Tcheng
Producers: Frédéric Tcheng, Roland Ballester, Amy Entelis
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A roller coaster of fabulousness and folly.

The Hollywood Reporter

...a fascinating study of a fashion artist.

Rolling Stone

...a poignant character study of a misfit.

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