January 15, 2013 New York
It's been a milestone year for Talbot Runhof. Designers Johnny Talbot and Adrian Runhof are celebrating two decades of working together with a hot-off-the-presses coffee-table book, and the label recently opened several boutiques, including one in Paris on Rue Saint-Honoré (located right next to Colette). Their new pre-fall lineup echoes many of the TR hallmarks cataloged in the glossy pages of the new publication. Cocktail dresses reportedly make up 60 percent of the business, and there were several figure-hugging sheaths that would be a hit at, say, the office holiday party, in both a mensweary Prince of Wales check and a lush digital floral pattern. Occasionwear is an expanding category for the duo, and the likes of Kristen Stewart and Helen Hunt have recently been spotted on the red carpets wearing more dramatic versions of the long-sleeve velvet column gowns and holographic sequin numbers here. (We'd recommend showing them without the tulle wrap next time.) With the focus placed largely on evening, it was easy to overlook some of the everyday separates—bootleg trousers and color-blocked shells—that rounded out the collection.