Honor held its presentation at the Eyebeam Art + Technology Center, as West Chelsea as one can get. Once inside the cavernous space, it was hard to see past the dense rows of people lining up just inches from a runway staged in front of a trio of giant LED screens. I was crestfallen to not have gotten a good view of what looked, even from way in the back, to be a pink extravaganza. As luck would have it, an encore ensued, and it became instantly clear that Giovanna Randall, designer of Honor, was not about to half-ass her embrace of unadulterated sweetness.
In fact, pink was everywhere, and it came affixed with plenty of baubles, like a pale pink double-faced wool sheath with heart jewels on the collar. Or even the very telling opening look – a beaded wool capelet in that same pale pink and matching skirt, embellished with the same heart jewels and tiny lemon-yellow crystals surrounding each jewel. There were even more overtly indulgent moments – the pink on pink of a double-faced wool tent coat and slim pants was one-too-many spoonfuls of sugar. But to be fair, there were a range of ensembles here that toyed with the heart motif without remotely coming off as “twee”. A black and mint gown in bonded satin crepe was color-blocked by an inverted heart shape, and it wasn’t until long after the show was over that one realized that the printed leaves cascading down a beautiful black and white striped inverted heart top and long skirt in silk faille, were actually heart shapes in a roca foliage print.
Heart motif aside, there was plenty on offer to sate the needs of those Honor customers that like their pieces free of gimmicks. A black Fleur de Toro foiled boucle jacket with a Peter Pan collar was a winner, and the beaded cape coat in mint wool was money in the bag. As I was exciting, I caught sight of the runway show replaying on the giant screens. It was a mixed edit with the Cocteau Twins’ “Sugar Hiccup” serving as the soundtrack.