In the line notes for the Talbot Runhof show, it was said the designers work in unusual ways & as the show unfolded, it was immediately evident that indeed, something different was brewing as this collection was given its genesis.
Designers Johnny Talbot & Adrian Runhof, a Tennessee born electrical engineer & German born marketing executive respectively, normally begin each design with a geometric idea or mathematical exercise that the duo chooses to solve not on paper with pencil & calculator, but rather on the dress form using fabric & pins as tools. They study the “individual personalities of the different fabrics” in their seasonal arsenal & work to translate their geometric conundrum into “something living, organic & 3-dimensional”. The result is seen in the highly complicated cuts, unusual seam placements, & pattern shapes that are not de rigeur on the runways of today.
For Fall 2016, Talbot Runhof favored a moody, rich color palette ranging from a plethora of wine shades from Merlot to Malbeck & ever vintage in between, as well as a variety of Navy shades that resembled Silvers, Blacks, Inky Indigos, with only a few minor lighter pieces in a Winter White. The shapes, true to the design formula above, were geometric, yet not sharp, drapey, yet not flowy. They tended to be voluminous in proportion, with the only unifying thread the nearly universal reliance on surface sheen & shine.
While this duo seems to be simmering below the surface of the fashion mainstream, this collection made the case loud & clear that it’s time Talbot Runhof not only assert its voice, but seriously be heard. This collection belongs in more closets & I have a feeling their time is right around the corner.
-R. Scott French
Designer Website: www.talbotrunhof.com
Publicity: Linda Gaunt Communications