– By Val Bitici –
As the creative force behind HONOR, Giovanna Randall has an eye for all things chic. Oliviapalermo.com caught up with the New York-based fashion designer for a quick Q&A just after she celebrated the birth of her baby girl, on the eve of her Spring 2013 show at Mercedes-Benz Fashion week.
Word has it you’re an opera singer – and you also almost became a doctor? At what point did you know you wanted to make fashion your life?
Although I studied opera and vocal performance, I would not call myself an opera singer. I’ve always wanted to be a doctor. It is absolutely true that I almost became one, but the farther I went down that path the more I realized there was something missing.
I guess fashion was always my life. It’s consistently been the one thing I haven’t been able to stop doing since I was old enough to use a pair of scissors and a sewing machine. It took me a while to accept that this is what I should have been doing from the beginning. I guess it was so obvious that I just didn’t see it.
What do you love most about your job?
I love seeing my ideas evolve into real tangible clothes that I am proud of, and can’t wait to wear. Seeing that other people enjoy them as much as I do is even better.
We’re so excited to see your F/W 2012 collection in your store – which of your looks are you most excited about for fall and why?
It’s so hard to pick my favorite looks. I genuinely love them all. I am very proud of the prints we developed this fall and I can’t wait to wear the graphic printed pieces. I definitely need to have the lace blouse with the leather cuffs, and the rose pencil skirt.
Congratulations on having a baby! Now that you have a daughter, are there any items of clothing in your closet that you can’t wait to save and hand down to her when she’s older? What is the first thing you look forward to teaching her about fashion and design?
Thanks! I plan on saving everything that is in good condition for her, but who knows what she’ll like. I can’t wait to find out.
My mom taught me to sew when she was making clothes for me. She showed me how to turn the extra fabric scraps into doll clothes. If Nova wants to learn, I can’t wait to teach her the same.
What’s next for you? A children’s clothing line, perhaps?
Right now I’m just acclimating to having a baby and continuing with HONOR, but I am tempted to make postpartum clothing. Making children’s clothing is tempting as well, but for now if I make anything it will be exclusively for Nova.
Val Bitici is a writer, born and raised in manhattan. Since 2008, she has worked as part of Vanity Fair’s editorial team, sometimes contributing to vf.com. Val spends her free time blogging (miscv.tumblr.com), traveling, trying new restaurants, cooking, skiing, and dreaming about one day becoming an art collector.