Backstage at her Fall show, Honor
designer Giovanna Randall talked about terrariums, drawing her inspiration from an idea of a fragile beauty trapped beneath glass. For the brand's second Resort offering, it was a desert bloom she looked to—and certainly not the scrubby, thorny kind. Despite the arid clime (and a slight Wild West feel), Honor's woman is as lissome and hyper-feminine as ever—and who could blame her, with the array of ladylike shapes and delectable fabrics Randall turns out each season? On offer here were blouses with frothy lace accents and sheeny, pigment-printed organza floor-length skirts dappled with seventies-style flowers. While the palette leaned heavily on cozy neutrals, a few pops of fuchsia, cobalt, and chartreuse felt lush. That Western leitmotif was a subtle one, seen in handsome, leather-trimmed frock coats and bolo ties. An aqua A-line skirt with a clear, embossed overlay brought to mind a snake's shed skin (in the loveliest possible way). Heavily embellished tie-on bibs are sure to take LBDs up a few notches, but for formal dressing, the eveningwear here was a true standout: opulent yet unfussy, and a reminder of Randall's keen eye when it comes to silhouettes.