Herbst/Winter 2014 ©TALBOT RUNHOF F/W 2014
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.
talbot runhof // fall/winter 2014/2015
corduroy skirts are a sin!
corduroy skirts are a sin! chris pesto, a student of the university of syracuse and resident of the campus, was more than offended by the fundamentalist's protest of bigotry and hate, "homosexuality is sin." his spontaneous response was to make the bearer of this sign (and the wearer of an ankle-length corduroy skirt) feel as uncomfortable and as singled out as she was attempting to make him feel. he was essentially outing her for the ultimate "fashion no-no."
why not build an entire collection around the idea of the corduroy skirt as a "fashion yes-yes?"
we found a fine stretch baby cord which we printed with a 1970's hippy-deco design, reminiscent of the last big corduroy era. solid corduroy in a variety of widths and textures in bold, rich, saturated hues: aubergine, bronze, tangerine, royal, vino, chartreuse and black. we had several fabric then woven to resemble corduroy: a fluffy, incredibly soft bouclé and a stretchy bi-color brocade lamé. inspired by the same era, a cotton and brocade picture frame jacquard, a pure silk polka dot jacquard, an highly elaborate shetland tweed, sequin material printed with a corduroy structure, cut into shards and reattached to a pure silk mousseline, sequins sewn to a silk chiffon and attached to a lace through the application of rhinestones….
our silhouettes are defined by a strong shoulder, sometimes sleeveless and often accentuated by cable-knit pads, a tiny waist and skirts in volumes from pencil to a-line to full. our favorite looks are the pattern mix corduroy shirt and ballskirt; a long, lean maxi genova corduroy dress; the same style in brocade lamé corduroy; the arabesque embroidered and printed baby cord turtleneck jumpsuit; the black corduroy blouson and bloomer suit; the bronze genova corduroy turtleneck top and full picture frame jacquard ballskirt; the mirror embroidered puzzle tweed top with bronze knee length full corduroy skirt...
the shoes, pointy flats or pumps, come in black corduroy and patent leather with brown teak wood heels. the bags are of "eco friendly" brown teak wood embellished with colourful acrylic mosaic depicting our corduroy prints.
it was an interesting departure for us to use our défilé collection to reflect on completely unacceptable forms of protest which are intended to insult and ostracise, and additionally, we wish to show our solidarity for victims of such discrimination.
we hope you enjoy!
johnny & adrian