Interview w/ Couture Designer Talbot Runhof
It's not everyday you get to meet a Couture Designer who's designed gowns for Oprah, Carrie Underwood, and Jenifer Lopez! This past Thursday I had the honor of meeting with German Couture Designer Adrian Runhof who designs Talbot Runhof with Johnny Talbot. I was unable to meet with Johnny Talbot because, he had to return to Germany earlier in the week. Armed with my notebook and pen in hand I sat on a white plush couch ready to ask a million questions of the insanely talented Adrian Runhof. He was very gracious, polite, and charming. I thanked him repeatedly for taking the time to meet with me. Once we wrapped with Q&A. Mr. Runhof personally walked me through his entire couture collection explaining every garment in great detail! Talbot Runhof gowns are exquisite! Its hard to miss the carefully, precise, design silhouettes of each gown. The couture collection was very feminine and sultry. The draping, deep jewel color palette, and floral prints were so enchanting I began to think I was walking in Marie Antoinette's garden. However, don't mistake the femininity of the gowns as too sweet there's definitely a modern edge to their gowns. Its evident that a woman's confidence in what she wears is very important to Talbot Runhof!
Question: How did you begin your career in fashion?
Answer: Wow! Do you really want to know that (laugh). I always knew I wanted to be in fashion my parents were in fashion. After graduating from college I created a small collection. I met Johnny while he was working as a electric engineer in Germany at a radio station. Johnny had always wanted to design clothing as well and took out a small loan to begin his first collection. It was a very brave thing for Johnny to do. We started working together after that.
Question: Karl Lagerfeld is said to have drawn a 100 sketches a day for each collection he creates. How many sketches do you and Mr. Talbot draw for your collections?
Answer: That's interesting that you ask this question. Johnny and I don't sketch at all. We drape all of our gowns on our American model Megan. She comes to our fashion house and we drape fabric on her to create our couture gowns. Which creates all this beautiful drapping detail in each gown.
Question: On creating Women's gowns and dresses.
Answer: Its important for a woman to feel confident in what she is wearing. A woman should feel proud and sexy in whatever she has on. Some women aren't comfortable with their arms so, we'll add sleeves and cap sleeves to our garments. We try to create garments that help women feel proud about their bodies.
Question: On relationship with your Clients.
Answer: We work really closely with our clients they are important to us and we want them to feel special. Recently, we had a model in NYC (she's the oldest working high fashion model by the way) call us up and say " I don't ever wear or buy dresses but, I must have this dress you have designed." The model was referring to a dress she had wore during a photo shoot.
Question: What was your inspirtation for Spring 2011?
Answer: We were inspired by "I Love Lucy" and old black and white films along with cipea. Do you see how the flowers resemble the stills from an old black and white movie.
Question: Chocolate brown is generally not a color used in Spring collections. How did you decide on that color?
Answer: Since old movies were in black and white we thought the chocolate brown would compliment the black and white color palette. We also think chocolate brown is a very beautiful color.
Question: On Talbot Runhof ready to wear dresses being versatile.
Answer: You have a woman who works in the city but, lives outside the city she doesn't have time to go back home to change for a dinner date. Talbot Runhof dresses are designed to take you from day to night but, in a very elegant way. We like to use stretch wool and strech cotton for some of our dresses……. this fabric is very comfortable and creates a more flattering silhouettes for the female body.
I thanked Mr. Runhof for the millionth time once our interview concluded. His response…"No, it was my pleasure and an honor to meet with you". What an amazing experience for me to have met him!
*A special thanks to Konrad Janus (Saks Fifth Avenue Special Events Coordinator) for letting me take up so much of Adrian Runhof time.
Designed for Oprah Winfrey
Designed for Oprah Winfrey
Similar to the dress designed for Carrie Underwood which she wore to CMA's 2010
My favorite Dress of the Couture Collection
Multicolored sequin beading overlay on black satin
Beautiful black stain draped over a luscious black crinoline skirt
Myself & Adrian Runhof