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NYFW: This Is How a Red-Carpet Designer Watches the Red Carpet

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Randall, center, and her bevy of brand fan beauties at her fall 2015 runway show on Thursday. From left, Christina Hendricks, Gretchen Mol, Regina Spektor, Tracee Ellis Ross and Morgan Saylor.

Designers: They're just like us.

Whether you're walking it or watching it happen from your couch, everyone has a red-carpet routine (These days, we spend major award-show nights writing about it, but in our past lives, a pull-out sofa bed, big screen, fancy champagne and copious amounts of pizza were involved). Turns out that Giovanna Randall, the flame-haired designer behind five-year-old New York line Honor (which she co-founded with Rachel Fleit), has her own red carpet routine, too — which is a very good thing, considering her strong, feminine frocks are starting to infiltrate Hollywood's biggest black-tie events (Joanne Froggatt wore the label at the SAGs, as did Birdman winner Amy Ryan). 

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So just what does an emerging red-carpet designer do when she watches a red carpet?

"Usually I DVR it and watch it with my husband after my daughter goes to sleep," the designer, who is pregnant with her second child, told Pret-a-Reporter after her fall 2015 runway show in New York on Thursday. Since we have yet to find a significant other who enjoys the red-carpet game as much as we do, we had to find out her secret of wanting her hubby to hang at home during celebrity dressing's biggest moments.

"He’s great!" she said with a laugh, as models in her latest collection's nod to psychedelic '60s wilderness whizzed by. "He's actually really fun because he gets into the clothes, and he knows it's my job, and he's really supportive. He's like, 'Oh that looks like Balenciaga!' And I’m like, 'Yeah it is. How did you know?' He studies. He's really smart. He knew nothing about fashion when we started dating. I taught him well. He dresses like a boy, but you know."

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As for the looks that garner "oohs" and "aahs" from Randall on award nights, she claims that unexpected choices always go a long way.

"I know that Keira Knightley got a lot of flack for what she wore to the Golden Globes, but I loved it. I love when people are not afraid to be more fashion-forward."

Though she's now starting to gain some good traction in the celebrity dressing game — Knightley, Uzo Aduba and Diane Kruger are just a few starlets who have stepped out in Randall's pieces over the last 18 months — she might hit the jackpot come Oscar night.

"I have a dress pulled!" Randall excitedly told us of the off-the-runway piece. Though she cautions that there's no guarantee the dress will actually show up on the carpet, she's enjoying the anticipation nonetheless.

"It's great. It really validates all this hard work."

 

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