Fall 2011 Ready-to-Wear
March 20, 2011 New York
For Fall, Talbots chief creative officer Michael Smaldone showed a collection inspired by Old Hollywood that hit on many of the season's key runway trends in a way that was accessible but not too watered down. That menswear feeling? Check. A Katharine Hepburn-esque pinstripe three-piece suit was styled just like the editors do it—with a long topper slung casually over the shoulders. How about statement-making fur? A Mongolian lamb vest and platform sandals with flirty fur trim kept things au courant. Which brings us to the terrific accessories, like the oversized pony-hair clutch in a variety of animal prints. A pebbled leather satchel may owe a debt to those structured Celine bags from last Fall, but all the Talbots customer will care about is that it looks great slung over her shoulder with some of the label's updated classics. In the latter category, Smaldone showed plenty of flattering trousers and A-line cocktail dresses (aimed, he said, at Michelle Obama) that should please the brand's core client base.