For her Fall 2012 collection, designer Giovanna Randall was inspired by the love story of a preppy boy and free-spirited Argentinean girl. But when it comes to beauty, the inspiration was decidedly Gallic. Borrowing from French singer and style icon Françoise Hardy, the just-slept-on hair and chalky eye makeup were uncomplicated and cool. See how the look came together, and you'll agree: this is one runway look that anybody can pull off.
>> It's fitting that David Bowie's "Oh! You Pretty Things" would be playing during Giovanna Randall's Fall 2012 Honor runway show. Not only were Alexa Chung and Shailene Woodley sitting front row, but the clothing coming down the catwalk was nothing short of lovely. Silhouettes were streamlined, femme, and totally unfussy in a lush palette of printed silks, patterned sheers, blanket-striped wools, and laser-cut organza. "It's a love story between a preppy boy and exotic Argentinean girl," Giovanna Randall explained of the mix. "The merging of two worlds — very refined and earthy with tapestry prints, and a modern take on art deco."
The Help's Ahna O'Reilly channeled a romantic Spring vibe with her flowy white Honor dress. The delicate sheer sleeves and yellow lace hem detail provided a sweet boost of girlieness. She accessorized with gold drop earrings, a gold bangle bracelet, and light purple suede wedge pumps. To play up the airy fairy look, she wore a wavy side-swept bun, a rosy pink cheek, and a light pink lip. Are you feeling Ahna's feminine ensemble?Vote on all of our Critics' Choice Awards polls here!
The touchstone of the look, an orangey-red eye look, was inspired by desert colors — no eye shadow necessary. Boehmer used Red Square Velvet Matte Lip Pencil as a base, then blended two Nars blushes (Exhibit A and Taj Mahal) to create a look that contrasted with the rich teals, pinks, and yellows of the collection. The key to pulling off such bright shades? "Wear it with confidence and strength," says Boehmer.
>> MAC & Milk, the downtown centralized New York Fashion Week venue alternative to Lincoln Center, is expanding its venue offering as it heads into its fourth season. Until this season, all shows have been centralized in the Milk Studios building, but through a partnership with The Standard Hotel, MAC & Milk will have a satellite venue at the hotel's High Line Room in the Meatpacking District, set to be used by up and coming designer labels like Study NY, Bensoni, and Honor.
“We have a new lineup with some new designers, as well as a satellite operation at the Standard Hotel for presentations and shows, including some new emerging designers, which is a new dimension,” John Demsey, group president of Estee Lauder and MAC, said. “We have expanded the geographical territory of using the Meatpacking District.” Mazdack Rassi, creative director of Milk Studios, added: “It’s a community idea as well."
MAC & Milk is working on 20 Lincoln Center shows, 39 staged at MAC & Milk, and 32 off-site shows in total for the Fall 2011 season. And there may be even more big changes by next season — IMG Fashion, which currently has a five year contract to host Fashion Week at Lincoln Center, is rumored to be in talks with MAC & Milk about a partnership that would see IMG help run MAC & Milk in future seasons. Both MAC & Milk and IMG declined comment on the matter.