MUNICH — Nighttime is the right time for the German-American design duo Talbot Runhof.
“We’ve always included daywear in our collections. But in the meantime, we feel very comfortable with the drawer people put us into — which is evening couture,” said Mainz-born Adrian Runhof, who has collaborated with Nashville native Johnny Talbot since 1992. They founded Talbot Runhof in 2000.
Based off Gartnerplatz in Munich, where a jewel box of a boutique joins the ateliers and headquarters, the pair will show Wednesday during Paris collections.
While the label, produced by specialized contractors in the Munich area, has long been a red-carpet favorite among German celebrities and socialites, the collection can now be found in 120 specialty stores from Athens and Boca Raton to Singapore. Stars including Angelina Jolie, Daryl Hannah, Anna Netrebko and Jennifer Goodman have also worn the label.
Paris brought the international breakthrough, with its first presentation there in 2005. Runway shows followed in 2006.“We started in about nine stores with Neiman’s three years ago, and are now in about 30 doors,” Runhof reported. Bergdorf Goodman picked up the collection for last fall, and Saks Fifth Avenue started for spring, he said. America now makes up about 30 percent of sales, which industry sources peg at north of $5 million.
Neiman Marcus features the collection in its couture department. “We’re at the lower end of the [price] scale, which is what makes us interesting,” Talbot commented. Cocktail dresses retail between $1,175 and $1,500, with beaded gowns priced around $1,525.
Talbot Runhof’s specialty is an Italian silk stretch taffeta that they helped develop and feature exclusively in a rainbow of colors. “It’s woven in a such a way that we can do extra big and complex pattern pieces,” allowing them to drape and fold dresses out of one piece of fabric with no seams, Talbot explained. The resulting silhouettes are body-conscious yet forgiving, making the collection accessible to many women.
In addition to stretch taffeta, the duo is also working with regular taffeta for their next collection, which has a Thirties mood. “We fell in love with silk taffeta, which we haven’t used for 10 years. It sounds and feels like paper, and it’s great to work with this kind of volume again,” Runhof said.
Taking the final spot on the mens’ portion of New York Fashion Week calendar next month will be none other than @tomford. Though he’s shown his men’s wear in New York in the past, this will mark the first time the designer has shown his men’s collection alone during New York Fashion Week: Men’s. His runway show will debut on February 6 at the Park Avenue Armory. #wwdfashion
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Minnie Mouse celebrated her 90th birthday by getting her own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. For her celebratory luncheon, @coach’s creative director @stuartvevers dressed her in a custom made prairie dress, complete with Vever’s take on the polka dot – black sequined versions – under a cropped motorcycle jacket. The designer also put his own mark on Minnie’s classic red shoes, infusing the color with sparkles and adding some Coach crystals. “We chose colors that were very Minnie and also represented quintessential Coach elements,” said Vevers. #wwdfashion #nationalpolkadotday (📷: George Chinsee)
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@margotrobbie steps out onto the red carpet wearing @miumiu. The actress is nominated for “Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role” in “I, Tonya” at the #SagAwards. (📷: Stewart Cook) #wwdfashion
For @massimogiorgetti of @msgm, the Nineties are his favorite decade. “They had a huge impact on my personal growth. What I like of the Nineties is that they are not so precise in terms of style as other decades…there was actually a bit of everything,” he said. As seen on MSGM’s Spring 2018 show: tie-dye and a bit of grunge, two styles that are synonymous with the decade #wwdfashion #wwddecades (📷: @kukukuba)