Hal Rubenstein Just Wants to Make Clothes


Is there anything that InStyle magazine’s editor-at-large Hal Rubenstein can’t do?

We think not.

Rubenstein is gearing up to design a line of his own for HSN. Not to be confused with InStyle’s shoe collaboration with Nine West or the glossy’s perfect white shirt collection with TrioFit.

This line is truly personal for Mr. Rubenstein. “My mother’s the best teacher I ever had,” he told Women’s Wear Daily of the women around him that served as inspiration. “My sister’s my best friend. My grandmother is a seamstress. She lived with us and there was a sewing machine going all day. I was taught to sew at a very young age. I designed costumes in college. And I found these women endlessly fascinating.”

And so you have it! It’s hard not to be inspired by the man’s passion, as Tommy Hilfiger was when he encouraged the writer/editor/food critic/philanthropist to start his own line. The fall offerings will focus on leather detailing, and WWD is reporting that an animal-patterned coat with leather side panels, leather side panels, a faux fur vest, an asymmetric dress with a lace shoulder and sleeve, and red pumps with a black overlay and bow detail are the standout pieces. The collection will retail for $40 to $300.

Despite how exciting it is for Rubenstein to launch his on line, he’s incredibly humble. “Narciso [Rodriguez] and Raf [Simons] and Jack [McCollough] and Lazaro [Hernandez] won’t have to sit up biting their nails over me,” the new designer said. “These are clothes that will work in your life. Let me put it this way: I don’t see myself ever doing a runway show. I have enormous respect for people like Karl Lagerfeld and Mr. Armani and Narciso and my late, great friend, Versace. What a blessing to be in an industry so surrounded by creativity. I’m not doing fashion. I’m making clothes.”

…That we can’t wait to get our hands on when the line launches on September 27th with HSN's Fall Fashion Series lineup.