Spring 2014 Ready-to-Wear
September 27, 2013 Paris
"In May of this year, Barbra Streisand sang for us in Berlin. This compelled us to methodically review our huge pile of chronologically sorted Barbra DVDs ." Have less encouraging words ever been written in a brand's show notes? Frankly, the idea of a collection inspired by a year-over-year rethink of the career of Barbra Streisand made the mind boggle, and induced a kind of nauseous dread. How bad could this be? Well, not bad, really. The Talbot Runhof clothes aren't groundbreaking by any stretch of the imagination, but they are executed with a lot of polish, and it's easy to understand why designers Johnny Talbot and Adrian Runhof have made such a commercial success of their label. There's a market for a covered-up gown with deftly placed color blocks, or a pastel satin cocktail dress with a cape back and jeweled neckline. The embellishment here did border on gaudy, but the designers never actually crossed that line. And their customer will undoubtedly appreciate the eccentric flourish of holographic flowers on a group of pert cotton-tweed dresses. It's tempting to sum all this up with a lyric from Babs, but you know what? Never mind.