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Since debuting Honor about two years ago, designer Giovanna Randall has cultivated her feminine label as meticulously as an orchid. Case in point: In an unusual business move, Randall opened up a standalone boutique in the Meatpacking District (after just two seasons under her belt), where her designs have sold exclusively until now. By keeping things small-scale, she has been able to develop Honor’s identity without yielding to the demands of retailers. This has allowed her to fine-tune the production process—using top-notch fabrics like substantial crepe, python-stamped silk, and delicate tulle from Europe, while constructing everything locally in New York—before going big.
This attention to detail is evident in Honor’s cleverly crafted clothing, which is favored by cool girls like George Clooney’s The Descendants co-star Shailene Woodley, who turned up at a recent Hunger Games premiere in an Art Deco, floral-print silk maxi dress from Fall. (According to Randall, her new collection tells the love story of a preppy college guy who meets an Argentinian ingenue while studying abroad, and reflects the merging of their two worlds.) Eveningwear looks have emerged as a calling card, perhaps because of the brand’s increasing celebrity fans—Woodley and Alexa Chung sat front-row at the latest runway show. But Honor also excels with everyday pieces, including flirty frocks and tailored shorts suits, not to mention noteworthy accessories like sharp briefcases and suede platform pumps from a collaboration with Tabitha Simmons.
Today, the label launches the e-commerce component of its Web site—standard operating procedure for most lines. But what’s noteworthy here is that customers can place special orders for pieces that were never produced from past seasons, indicating Randall’s bespoke approach to design. So, for example, Honor will custom-make one of its editorially appealing yet less practical petticoats that appeared in the Spring collection. Here, check out the label’s new Spring ad campaign, styled by Kate Young (who, last week, was crowned as Hollywood’s top stylist), debuting exclusively on Style.com.
“I wanted to show English humor and irreverence,” said Stella McCartney, so demure that butter wouldn’t melt in her mouth, even though, minutes before, she’d proved that unleashing mass hysteria in an audience is a talent that clearly runs in the family. To launch her exclusive London Evening collection for Fall 2012 (slideshow here), McCartney threw a black-tie bash at One Mayfair, a soaring neoclassical space that used to be the church where Led Zeppelin played its first London gig in 1968. At the beginning of the evening, when show producer Sam Gainsbury cryptically promised “something big,” there was a millisecond or so when I imagined a Led Zep reformation. One could but dream. Father Paul in a reprise of his Grammy performance? That, at least, would be easier to swing.
The crowd—including Rihanna, Kate Moss and Jamie Hince, Mario Testino, Juergen Teller, the Le Bons, the Driver sisters, Stella Tennant, Bianca Jagger, and belle of the ball, Shailene Woodley—was well seeded with models in Stella dresses. Not, they insisted, the clothes we had come to see. “We’re just guests,” said Kinga Rajzak, dazzling in a black sheath with a white contoured effect. She was one of the new guard of girls on hand. Shalom Harlow, Amber Valletta, Yasmin Le Bon, and Anouck Lepère were also wearing Stella gowns, ranging from variants on the contouring to marble-printed bubble dresses to confections spun from vibrant orange or electric blue lace. Lucie de la Falaise brought daughter Ella on her first big fashion night out. Appropriate, then, that they’d be staying over at godmother Moss’ London pad.
After guests chomped through a veg feast of five small but perfectly formed courses, Dutch illusionist Hans Klok, World’s Fastest Magician, took to the stage. He laid a hypnotized Alexa Chung across three huge scimitars and left her essentially floating in mid-air, balanced on the sword on which her head rested. Trance state or not, she claimed she could still feel the point of the blade an hour later. Childlike glee is always my default position with magic tricks, but surely this was not the “something big.” Suddenly, there was an almighty shriek from a nearby table, where it seemed like a scrap had broken out between a guest and a waiter. Then Led Zeppelin’s “Immigrant Song” came walloping over the sound system, and all hell broke loose. Models, waiters, and Shailene Woodley flew hither and yon in a breathtakingly tight dance routine choreographed (in 24 hours, apparently) by Blanca Li, a fierce-looking but funny Spanish woman who was sitting at my table quietly chatting with Pedro Almodóvar’s costume designer Paco Delgado one minute and whirling through space like a dervish the next. But in amidst the physical frenzy, there was the elegantly precarious image of Shalom, Amber, and Yasmin parading around the room on catwalks improvised from chairs placed under each foot as they took a step.
“Something big” it was, indeed. And thrilling and surprising. Even Simon Le Bon had no idea what his wife was about to do. It was all a remarkable testament to timing, pluck—and the remarkably pliable properties of Stella’s eveningwear.
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Hot on the heels of yesterday’s SAG Awards nominations, today brings news of the films and television shows and performances nominated for the 2012 Golden Globes, typically thought to be a better predictor of the Academy Award nominations than the SAGs. The Globes are usually the punchiest night on the major-awards circuit, and their nominations always bring a few left-fielders into the mix—here including Bridesmaids‘ Kristin Wiig for Best Actress, Comedy; Shailene Woodley, for Best Supporting Actress; Joseph Gordon-Levitt (50/50) and Owen Wilson (Midnight in Paris) for Best Actor, Comedy; and Kate Winslet and Jodie Foster for Best Actress in Roman Polanski’s Carnage, which went unrecognized by the Screen Actors Guild yesterday. The 2012 nominations are below.
Best Picture, Drama
The Ides of March
Best Picture, Comedy or Musical
Midnight in Paris
My Week With Marilyn
Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris
George Clooney, The Ides of March
Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist
Alexander Payne, The Descendants
Martin Scorsese, Hugo
Best Actor, Drama
George Clooney, The Descendants
Leonardo DiCaprio, J. Edgar
Michael Fassbender, Shame
Ryan Gosling, The Ides of March
Brad Pitt, Moneyball
Best Actress, Drama
Glenn Close, Albert Nobbs
Viola Davis, The Help
Rooney Mara, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady
Tilda Swinton, We Need to Talk About Kevin
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