Where haute couture meets prêt-à-porter. That would be the precise description of perfectly balanced Talbot Runhof collection for Fall/Winter 2017. Designed by Johnny Talbot and Adrian Runhof, who made a name for themselves with glamorous cocktail and evening dresses, the collection is comprised of gorgeous velvet, sequined, embroidered and satin garments. The way pieces drape, fall, reflect and respond to other fabrics is simply impeccable. Like in their previous collections, on today’s runway we witnessed highly complicated cuts, unusual seam placement and pattern pieces fused together to create the most interesting collection. The silhouette was feminine, sexy and edgy.
The looks that definitely stood out were red velvet bustier overall with black guipure molton sequin trim, black guipure molton sequin backless gown, black and ivory double satin gown with black net underskirt, black double satin gown, black velvet and satin top with olive distressed and embroidered combat trousers, and orange velvet dress with rhinestone attached skirt. It was more than noticeable that materials represent absolute priority. Aside from elegant materials, the duo also used high quality jersey and cotton for more basic pieces.
Last couple of fashion week seasons, subtle political statements are generating some serious curiosity. Talbot Runhof joined the club of awareness raising designers, and decided to level-up with asymmetric turtle neck tops decorated with ‘Unpresidented’, ‘Persist’, ‘Sad!’ and ‘Lie to me’ statements. We get the hint, don’t worry!
Make-up artist in charge for Talbot Runhow Ready-To-Wear Fall/Winter 2017 show was Romero Jennings. Being inspired by truth in general, he created strong, empowering looks for the runway. Adjusting make-up color palette to the one used for the collection, he managed to achieve simple looks that were quite visible under the spotlights. With a touch of unexpected colors, such as the bright orange seen in the orange double satin gown, he re-invented the classic brown smokey-eye look. He used acrylic paints for the eyes and decided to neutralize lips with nude colors. It was the ‘unexpected beauty’.
Photo Credit: Runway photos, The Impression / Backstage photos, Alexander Kozhin