Well-cut, relatively simple silhouettes like shifts

In recent seasons Talbot Runhof designers Johnny Talbot and Adrian Runhof moved away from their signature draped gowns in favor of elevated daywear. Many designers made similar decisions as more retail-friendly pre-collections gained traction on the sales floor. But you can"t argue with the numbers: Those satin dresses were still Talbot Runhof"s top sellers, so for Pre-Fall they shifted their focus toward new, more inventive twists on evening. "We sometimes get tired of the conventional look of eveningwear," said Runhof. "We tried to design things that are elegant and flattering, but more modern for the red carpet."

Well-cut, relatively simple silhouettes like shifts, cardigans, and shirtdresses left room for the duo to get creative with fabrics. One standout textile was a jacquard of blown-up checks outlined by touches of glimmering lamé, which looked particularly red-carpet-worthy on a dramatic ball skirt. Paired with a simple cashmere top, it was also super wearable. Elsewhere in the collection were splashy floral prints and intricate beading inspired by a recent trip to Majorca. "We interpreted the idea of Spanish tile work in many different ways," Runhof explained. "The prints, the texture of tweeds and embroideries…all of these details are actually inspired by the same idea." However, he was most enthusiastic about a few simple stretchy dresses that were made using a high-tech knit technique not unlike the one used to make socks. "Each dress is knitted in one piece around, so there are no seams," Runhof said. The body-hugging silhouette and lower price point should attract new, younger shoppers and will likely be a hit for Talbot Runhof"s established clientele, too.Welcome to visit my Coach Sale store: http://official.uscoachoutletbags.com