Frühling/Sommer 2015 ©TALBOT RUNHOF S/S 2015
Johnny Talbot & Adrian Runhof
»it’s all about knowing where to stop« – going too far can be as bad as not going far enough. a quote that dramatically affected not only the design philosophy of johnny talbot and adrian runhof, but their life creed in general.
one of the "first questions" a designer is asked is “tell me about your customer” – well, you can learn a lot about the customer by just looking closely at the collection: cool, subtle, elegant, discrete ... every piece has a detail, a detail that might not be obvious at first glance, but once you find it, it’s what makes you fall in love. johnny talbot and adrian runhof have found over the years that their customers are precisely the same.
born 1964 in nashville tennessee, started his career as an electrical engineer, going from the pentagon to radio free europe in munich where his encounter with adrian runhof inspired him to throw in the engineering towel and pursue a career in fashion. johnny is the mastermind behind the intricate construction and mathematical precision of each and every talbot runhof piece.
born 1963 in mainz, germany, went to business school. the family business brought him in close and intense contact with fashion at a very early age. after completing his studies, he launched his first brand and worked as marketing and sales consultant for international fashion brands. exquisite fabrics are his absolute passion; adrian is the stylist overseeing all image and marketing aspects of the talbot runhof brand.
from russia with love – talbot runhof défilé spring/summer 2015
google “putin t shirt” – what do you think you will find?
everything from: » we ♥ putin«, a topless, testosterone-filled, gun-totin’ rambo putin, or »in putin we trust«. the one that struck us the most was putin in a hawaiian shirt sipping a colorful cocktail while vacationing in recently »annexed« crimea ... the shirts, available at a popup store in »gum«, are most likely the fashion statement of the year.
of course it is frightening that mr. putin invades the sovereign nation of ukraine; more frightening, however, is the fact that he and his clique feel that it is their moral obligation to reverse the wheels of progress, liberalism and freedom; to dismantle the achievements of the last decades, nay century, in exchange for authoritarian principles, not only in his own country, but possibly everywhere. jeopardizing everything that a modern society has ever worked towards: expression of free will, thought and speech, respect for minorities, inclusion, equality, women’s rights, compassion, peacefully coexisting with your neighbors, an intact civil society ... however mr putin is not some singular cynical megalomaniac; he has allies and admirers living and governing in our very midst. they may operate under a different nationality or a different religion, but their ideals, vision and intentions are equally as dangerous.
these were the thoughts that occupied our minds over the last months; rarely has something moved us so profoundly. so we forged ahead with our défilé collection, a marriage of fabrics, shapes and elements from active sports apparel with high energy evening attire. we considered creating our own sports team logo, but decided rather to use this as a means to express our thoughts.
we commissioned graphic artist stephan heering to create four collage motifs depicting what might be in store if we don’t speak out. the fashion pack’s four favorite destinations, visited by “him”. then we got martin leuthold of jakob schlaepfer to transform these motifs into textile works of art, printing, sequining, crystallizing, bedazzling them on basketball tricots and striped jersey, making our fashion statement of the year. we seriously doubt that you’ll find them at gum next season.
the silhouette is loose and relaxed, often a-line. tunic tops with cropped culottes, billowing skirts with a range of t-shirts tops, from hoodies to blousons to tanks, tennis rompers, dresses and gowns, skorts, bell skirts and ball skirts...
colors are fresh and happy: lots of white, sunshine yellow, lupine pink, aquarius blue, gold and silver, all tinted with stripes of white, blue and red.
in contrast to the jerseys we used a handpainted silk brocade jacquard, an iridescent mikador, relaxed cotton raso, fluid crêpe, structured cloqué, a sequined tropical and a wonderful silk jacquard velvet.