talbot runhof made a name for themselves with glamorous cocktail and evening dresses. over the years, johnny talbot and adrian runhof applied their vision also to sportswear, day dresses, outerwear, furs, knitwear, separates, scarves, belts, jewellery, shoes and bags. design cooperations range from eyewear to make up to costume design for opera or ballet.
johnny talbot and adrian runhof have a very unique way of working. as with most designers, the initial idea begins simmering in the brain and with talbot runhof, it’s usually a geometric idea, a mathematical exercise. however, johnny and adrian do not reach for pen and paper, but rather to fabric, dressforms and pins, translating a thought into something living, organic, 3d. it is essential for the designers to understand the individual personalities of the different fabrics, the life force behind each piece. how they drape, fall, reflect, respond to other fabrics.
the result is highly complicated cuts, unusual seam placement, pattern pieces (that under normal circumstances were never meant to associate with one another) being fused together to create some of the most interesting, razor sharp pieces in the business. what often looks like a sensitive, artistic draping of fabric is in fact a cool, precise equation, based on mathematics, geometry and physics. the resulting silhouette is feminine, sexy, edgy ...
material & colors
the creative process begins naturally on many levels. however, material research takes absolute priority, be it fabric and color research for the ready-to-wear collections, be it leather and hardware research for shoes and bags, be it the perfect linen for a book cover or the right consistency of a make up product.
johnny talbot and adrian runhof are always intrigued by either very traditional, „doomed to extinct“ techniques, or by futuristic high tech. the designers are completely involved in the development process of their materials, prints and colors, working closely with suppliers in germany, switzerland, italy, france, austria, india and japan. creating new types of fabrics, leather finishings, washing techniques, bonding, thread mixes, weaving techniques, johnny talbot and adrian runhof are feverishly involved from beginning to end. with a strong eye for color, they achieve astonishing palettes for each product range
all dresses are handcrafted exclusively in germany in our own workshops. this not only allows a close collaboration between the designers and the ateliers, but also provides for the outstanding quality »made in germany« is known for.
johnny talbot: »talbot runhof stands for outstanding handcrafted products.
on each level of the manufacturing process, handwork and the involvement of actual human beings is key …«