HONOR AUTUMN/WINTER 2015-16 READY-TO-WEAR NEW YORK
For Fall, Honor designer Giovanna Randall went into the woods and returned with a collection that read like a fairy tale. The woods were those around her grandmother’s Vermont home. The models, meanwhile, really did emerge from a mushroom-covered tree at the end of the runway.
These were sweet, innocent, well-crafted, and ultra-feminine clothes that often riffed literally on Randall’s motif. Clusters of mushrooms that grow on trees were translated into beaded versions across organza bodices and down chiffon sleeves. In measured doses, it would have been whimsical. Ditto a sitting-deer print that was utterly charming the first few times it was seen, like on the opening black and white wool coat or a velvet jacquard minidress. While the longer gowns suffered from lengths so dramatic they tripped the models, the shorter silk and organza looks with scalloped necklines and winged sleeves were smart and elegant in all white, jewel-tone blue, and tomato red.
Randall clearly caters to a particular customer, one who is wildly romantic and unapologetically feminine. And that’s great—these clothes were very pretty. But it’s also limiting when much of the collection is only appropriate for party and red-carpet dressing.