June 24, 2014 New York
Johnny Talbot and Adrian Runhof often draw inspiration from history. This season, the Talbot Runhof designers referenced Paris' famed Grand Palais and its magnificent interior. "We sat for hours and studied the way light beamed through the thousands of beveled windowpanes onto the painted floors, which were recently restored to their original composition," said Talbot at a Resort preview. Citing the floors' specific Reseda shade of green, the duo incorporated the minty hue throughout their new collection. They featured the color on cocktail looks, including a standout embellished silk crepe tunic boasting a cape-like train in back that paired nicely with matching cropped trousers. The label has been ramping up its daytime offerings and separates, and continued to deliver on that here. Cute crop tops and shifts came splashed with pastel Art Nouveau prints that echoed the Palais' geometric framework and gave off a slight Palm Beach vibe. Elsewhere, the designers revisited signature sparkly tweed, showing bouclé slip-on sneakers that had modern appeal. "It feels so much more accessible," they said of the sporty footwear. Runhof joked, "We would love to completely get rid of dresses," but eveningwear remains the brand's best-selling category, and so there were plenty of frocks with draping, including a strapless pink bustier gown with a bubble-shaped, high-low hemline that felt fresh in embossed cotton piqué and a mixed-material maxi style combining a Tetris-like pattern with "oxidized" silk and three different kinds of lace.
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