June 05, 2013 New York
Honor designer Giovanna Randall explained that she began her process this season by studying "long and drippy" silhouettes from the early 1900s. The American Impressionist Paul Cornoyer's painting Madison Square After the Rain, which portrays the park down the street from the brand's headquarters at about the turn of the century, inspired the collection's color scheme and blurred floral prints, which turned up on below-the-knee pencil skirts and a beautiful gown with an unexpected leather detail at the bust. Randall has a demonstrated knack for creating ultra-feminine pieces that incorporate custom, unique fabrications. One cocktail dress that stood away from the body mixed a mirror effect—liquid satin with a textured bubble cloque—and a whisper-pink number was cut from an iridescent fils coupe that gave the impression of a stamped-tin ceiling. Many of the memorable looks featured interesting accordion-pleated skirts that alternated panels of leather with organza. Evening dresses were the clear favorites here. Long white gowns—one with a smocked chiffon capelet shoulder and another with an eyelash-fringed drop-waist skirt—would be terrific options for the modern bride.