October 24, 2010 New York
Smaldone's inspiration for his Spring collection was the 1950's and the spiritual setting was Paris, so the silhouette is hourglass and the palette is macaroon bright. An abstract floral-print dress hits on the season's sheer trend, but the Talbots' take comes with a convenient slip to be worn underneath. The accessories are the unexpected high note of the makeover. Crocodile-stamped lightweight wedges and a small snake box bag with oversize ball clasps would fit right into any twentysomething's wardrobe (they'll like the under-$200 prices). But not to worry, Talbots has no intention of alienating its core audience. The classic blazer, cardigan, and white shirt are all still here, but with updated, "Grandma, can I borrow this?" fits.