For their pre-collections, designers Johnny Talbot and Adrian Runhof seek inspiration in textile techniques they’ve yet to master, coupled with the customer’s seasonal needs: “We’re looking for something you haven’t seen, you haven’t touched, you haven’t experienced yet,” said Runhof. For resort, they thought about lace, how far they could elevate it. The answer: a lot.
Using a mixture of couturelike embroidery and cut-and-sew techniques, the duo showed a range of cocktail attire featuring lace paneling and prints whose intricate details stood out against flashes of skin when the looks floated away from the body. For a yellow tunic, three different lace patterns were dyed the same color, stitched together and then layered over a silk georgette base, and styled with a lace-printed and guipure lace satin skirt. A beige-colored gown, created with what the designers call “lie-detector lace” that looked like needlepoint, was another standout.
Of course, there were plenty non-lacy looks too, like a voluminous blush ballgown with floral embroidery, paired in modern fashion with a matching bomber jacket.