Yesterday, a murmur of chirping birds sounded through the speakers of Eyebeam Studios as the lights dimmed and guests waited to see Giovanna Randall’s newest collection for Honor. With a sudden flash of light, the first model emerged from an enchanted forest of white birch trees riddled with twinkle lights. Her mini black coatdressfeatured a starchy floral collar and embroidered lace that coyly peeked out from beneath the hem and cuffs. As she turned the corner and started walking away, I noticed that her hair, which was swept back into a low side ponytail, was speckled with teeny-tiny blooms.
As in collection’s past, Randall’s newest designs were girly and thoughtful, but this season’s provocative mix of materials and flirtatious embellishments gave the fairy-tale collection a fresh and fortifying feistiness. Laser cut flowers on hemlines created a cheeky yet sumptuous peekaboo effect on dresses, trousers, and shorts, while layers of tulle and hand-sewn lace politely mingled with shimmery, geometric jacquard and organic florals. Some pieces were stunning in straightforward tones of white and black, and others came alive with splashes of cornflower, citrus, and moss.
At the end of the show, the girls re-emerged from the enclave of twinkling trees, skipping down the runway, the last model wearing a gorgeous tulle cape that wafted behind her like fairy wings. The show that began with the rhythmic sound of birds chirping had ended with a fairy-like singsong of giggles.
Above, happy models skipping down the runway.