February 13, 2013
"I didn't feel like doing a heavy Fall collection, and wanted more of a pick-me-up. So this season began with the idea of a celebratory coat that would make me smile even on the darkest day in winter," said Giovanna Randall backstage during her presentation. The topper that started it all came in an acid pink double-faced wool. It had the potential to turn almost any frown upside down, as did most of the other optimistic looks here. Randall worked a heart motif throughout the lineup—just in time for Valentine's Day. A carnation-colored capelet and its matching pencil skirt were embellished with heart-shaped crystals, and a long-sleeved cocktail dress was cut from a "fleur de toro" foiled jacquard. The motif was also incorporated as cutouts on the sleeves of a blouse. Talk about wearing your heart on your sleeve. If it all sounds as sweet as candy, that's because it was for the most part, but the Honor woman has never shied away from being overtly feminine. Randall also showed a lovely mint-colored cape coat and a comparatively vampy silk ball skirt in deep plum, which gave those customers who blanch at the thought of wearing head-to-toe pink some other options—because, much like sugar, confections like these should also be used sparingly.