Honor, the label designed by Giovanna Randall, debuted it’s resort collection as Randall was going into labor with her first child. Her design aesthetic has an ease of femininity, and with a keen eye on quality, she delivers pieces that flaunt a woman’s body. Honor’s designs are for women like Randall, who are hardworking and strong but fantasize of an old, more romantic New York. Honor recently showed its latest collection at New York Fashion Week, and we caught up with Randall to discuss her influences, successes, and challenges.
Quality is a word that comes up often in relation to your label, even down to the detail on your business cards. Have you found by setting this standard, other designers are following suit?
I can’t speak for other designers, but I think quality and attention to detail are always of the utmost importance. I strive to raise the bar for myself every season.
As a new label, is it difficult to keep up with producing collections especially considering that Resort and Pre-Fall have become almost as important as the traditional seasons?
I actually find it easier to design four collections a year. It helps me focus my ideas, and I don’t have the time to obsess too much anymore.
You made a brave move by opening a store in April last year after just two seasons of shows. Over a year later, how have you found the response?
It gets better and better, and it’s great to have a place where we can show our favorite things.
Your collections are often labeled as ‘elegant.’ How do you relate to that description?
Elegance and grace are qualities possessed by all the women I admire.
Where did you grow up?
I was born in Brooklyn, then spent most of my childhood in Chappaqua and Stony Brook.
What would you say is the most difficult aspect of becoming a designer and how did you overcome this challenge?
I love being a designer, so I’m not sure what to say about this. All the headaches are worth it when you love your work.
Describe a typical working day.
“I’m going to get some ice cream and cupcakes, and I was wondering if any of you wanted to join me?”
Tell us about who or what has influenced your current collection.
Anatomy, bones… having a natural birth in a New York City hospital.
What were you reading or watching whilst working on your current collection?
What advice would you give to anyone aspiring to a career as a fashion designer?
Don’t think about the competition and trust your unique singular vision.
What is your favorite fabric to work with and why?
Well, if there was only one fabric left in the world, I’d choose silk organza because you can make anything with it. It’s both sculptural and soft.
If you had the opportunity to change something within the fashion industry, what would it be?
I wish more designers were producing their clothes here, in New York City’s garment district.
If you could dress anyone throughout history, who would it be and why?
I always fantasize about getting to dress some of the most famous characters throughout movie history. Like, adding another piece to Vivien Leigh’s wardrobe in Gone with the Wind, or Catherine Deneuve in Belle de Jour, or Elizabeth Taylor in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.
As a designer, how would you define success?
Being able to continue making beautiful clothes everyday.