Inspired by Truman Capote’s Black and White Ball of 1966, Michael Smaldone, Talbots’ chief creative officer, showed a holiday collection on Wednesday that was minimalistic, with a nod to easy Sixties glamour. Smaldone focused on clean shapes, from long column gowns to short A-line dresses, as well as graphic black-and-white elements on looks such as a long houndstooth skirt. Pretty jewel tones appeared on coats, blouses, skinny trousers and accessories, while, of course, plenty of leopard prints and sequins completed the holiday lineup.

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