New York Fashion Week has its critics. God knows there’s enough of them. And most of that criticism is levied at the ‘wearability’ (read: predictability) of the clothes shown on the ever increasing number of less than titillating runway shows the length and breadth of NYC. New York takes safety to another level. The city that never sleeps does so in clearly delineated if not subtly luxurious lines.
So, it’s good to see a newbie stand out. OK, these are not ‘sock it to me I must have you NOW, Goddamit’ pieces of the ilk shown in Paris and often, with humour and integrity, in London but Giovanna Randall has brought Honor to AW’15. Pun intended.
Honor’s a cool little (largely dress) label that caters to mellifluous women with matching lives whose idea of cocktail dressing extends beyond the LBD and to colour. A little bit Marni but not too European (God forbid!) twix a little bit Tocca and there we have it. Some perfectly pretty day to evening, cocktail to dinner to simple red-carpet numbers all served with daintiness and a hint of vintage. V. Alexa Chung. But don’t let that put you off. There’s some good colour play and some earnest delivery of early ‘60s cut going on in there. Purple and hot tomato orange are already becoming ‘a thing’ for A/W’15.
Honor even plays up to the red-carpet must have’s with flowing chiffons and Klimt like patterns on bold purple robes. Hell yeah, there’s even a wedding dress. As every NYC designer knows, Wang has that covered but providing an offbeat alternative can’t do any wrong now, can it?
Randall’s feel is fresher than the average and her lightness and playfulness of spirit shines through even the bitterest of New York icy winds. The girl done good.
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