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Move over, Granny, there’s a new Talbots customer in town. Julianne Moore is the face of the company’s Spring campaign (sorry, no controversial nudity or lion cubs in these ads), and approaching 50 with indie film cred fully intact, she’s the kind of modern woman the brand with the big red doors is trying to tap into by upping its hip quotient. Yes, we said “hip.” Chief creative officer Michael Smaldone, previously at Anne Klein and Elie Tahari, is the man behind the design facelift Talbots has been undergoing the last few seasons. He’s broadening the label’s appeal to suit a younger set, with fashion-forward pieces like the suede paper bag-waisted shorts and cropped burlap blazer Moore modeled during her Mert & Marcus-snapped shoot. According to the designer, the actress wore that outfit home.

Smaldone’s inspiration for his Spring collection was the 1950’s and the spiritual setting was Paris, so the silhouette is hourglass and the palette is macaroon bright. An abstract floral-print dress hits on the season’s sheer trend, but the Talbots’ take comes with a convenient slip to be worn underneath. The accessories are the unexpected high note of the makeover. Crocodile-stamped lightweight wedges and a small snake box bag with oversize ball clasps would fit right into any twentysomething’s wardrobe (they’ll like the under-$200 prices). But not to worry, Talbots has no intention of alienating its core audience. The classic blazer, cardigan, and white shirt are all still here, but with updated, “Grandma, can I borrow this?” fits.
—Brittany Adams View full post on Runway Feed

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Bryant looked cute and casual in Ralph Lauren View full post on InStyle.com – This Just In

Is Donna Karan foreseeing inclement conditions? Her DKNY collection for Spring was heavy on the bad-weather tech. There were windbreakers and raincoats aplenty, waxed and resin-coated numbers to keep you dry, even blazers with drawstring details and zippered pockets. But dreary this wasn’t. The designer dubbed the collection Spring Clean and took inspiration from the streamlined looks of the sixties. (That über-sixties piece, the Harrington jacket, appeared in reversible form.)

Karan is an agitator for the buy-now, wear-now ethos routinely ignored by the fashion world, and her first Spring deliveries—which will hit stores in the dead of winter—come in sober, dark blues and blacks, styled buttoned up tight against the cold. Maybe that made the subsequent tiptoe into Spring all the more refreshing: Washed leather jackets, macs, and cotton suiting (in three cuts of varying slimness) arrived in an appealing palette of slates, ice blues, khakis, and tans. And lest the point get lost, a few key pieces were brightened up with shots of Popsicle orange. Here comes the sun, after all.
—Matthew Schneier View full post on Runway Feed

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Berry glowed in a sequined Reem Acra minidress View full post on InStyle.com – This Just In

Mad Men was on Collette Dinnigan‘s mind for Resort, but her Spring collection was more Sally Draper than Betty, with its baby dolls in broderie anglaise and souvenir-scarf trapeze dresses. The girly feel extended to a micro daisy print used for bloomer shorts and capris, the former worn with a ruffled button-down and the latter a sequined cardigan. If a bustier dress embroidered with crystals was noticeably more grown-up, Empire waists and tulle ballerina skirts meant Dinnigan’s other red-carpet material skewed youthful. There’s nothing necessarily wrong with that, of course; starlets keep getting younger and younger. Dinnigan’s collection didn’t land on any big trends like long or color, but it was pretty enough.
—Nicole Phelps View full post on Runway Feed