Frühling/Sommer 2014 ©TALBOT RUNHOF S/S 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.
Down with love
Talbot Runhof spring/summer 2014 défilé collection
"in may of this year barbra streisand sang for us in berlin. this compelled us to methodically review our huge pile of chronologically sorted barbra dvds; one of the first on the heap," a happening in central park". that was the catalyst that triggered a chain reaction: barbra streisand, barbra streisand singing "down with love", the lyrics and music of harald arlen, the costumes of irene sharaff, cleopatra eyes...
it lead us to a silhouette of whimsical fabrics juxtaposed by strong shoulders, severe and often embroidered necklines, open backs, flared skirts, her signature cape silhouette… black and white cotton piqué, silk crêpe and piano keyboard cotton jacquard splashed with a bit of lime, ice blue and a shock of pink, light cotton tweed with laser cut guipure embroidered hologram foil flowers, satin duchesse, fil-a-fil brocade organza jacquard...
key looks include: a piano keyboard cotton jacquard long sleeve, high neckline gown. a black and white cotton piqué harlequin gown. a transparent fil-a-fil brocade organza gown with an embroidered neckline. short dresses in cotton tweed with guipure embroidered hologram foil flowers. a satin duchesse embroidered cape dress. a full length stretch leather gown."