By  on March 17, 2010

In its self-professed, ongoing evolution away from “your grandmother’s Talbots,” as chief marketing officer Lori Wagner put it, the retailer took its fall collection in a different direction. Much of the lineup, described as “country-club chic” by chief creative officer Michael Smaldone, could be classified as updated classics with an emphasis on sophisticated outerwear, such as a trim, tailored double-breasted coat in gray and secretary skirts done in bright pops of color. But not content to stay in safe, staple territory, Smaldone also included ample doses of animal prints, on cardigans, sheath dresses and a swingy three-quarter-length coat, as well as a full accessories line of chunky, on-trend jewelry, laceless leather oxfords and croc-embossed handbags.


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