Little-known label Honor got an epic turn-out in Chelsea, where designer Giovanna Randall turned out a glamorous collection of sequin-encrusted jackets and elegant separates.
The collection was the label's second fashion week outing, though Honor clearly has lofty aspirations: The label, which is about a year old, is already opening an eponymous store on Gansevoort street in the Meatpacking District. In a moment where phenom Alexander Wang is only just opening his own store this year, that's quite impressive.
Backstage at the show, Randall explained the inspiration behind the collection: "I see my muse as having been in Paris and lived there and been inspired by her surroundings, and then suddenly she's displaced, and she's in thd middle of this, like, wasteland ... and she has to kind of find her joy in that place."
As to the mystery of how, exactly, this label has skyrocketed to such lofty positioning for Fashion Week, the massive crowd packed into a Chelsea loft didn't exactly provide much illumination: Seating was scarce, but the crowds were content to pack into the standing area, and cheered loudly for Randall once she made her bow. (Crowd-wise, it was an interesting one: One mother brought her adorable two-month-old baby to the show.)
The clothes were quite good: A pair of sequin-encrusted blazers and a soft gray belted jacket were among the stand-outs, as well as some flowing emerald green silk dresses. The tailoring on some of the pieces felt a bit off, though the elegant mood was strongly presented.