Johnny Talbot and Adrian Runhof, the former a native of Tennessee and the latter from the town of Mainz, Germany, presented their Fall Winter 2012 collection at the Westin in Paris. The show began with an authoritarian voice recording announcing the importance of the color green and the dangers of a purely "evil green", envy. The collection was inspired by the character of Nora Dinsmoor in the film "Great Expectations" where she is left, deserted on her wedding day in her garden. As the first model strode out to Nora's "hymn of hope", "Besame Mucho", the song to which the collection owes it's name, played, and and throughout the show the audience was subjected to every remix, cover and rendition ever written of the hit so many consider to be the ultimate Latin ballad.
Talbot Runhof took a leap of faith with this collection. A difficult musical choice and a very difficult color choice. A declination of greens came down the runway, we saw some of the rarest forms of green from gold green in tweed to forest green suede, to chartreuse satin, teal silk, tropical green python, chocolate green velour, finishing off with a literally dazzling opal sequined gown that brought the green of opal to everyone's attention.
There was a secondary jungle theme, which made its appearance through a collage of leaves on various garments, starting with the first look. A personal favorite, the sheer silk one shoulder gown with the leaf collage worn bellow. Surprising accents seem to be another key to this aesthetic, we also enjoyed the tinsel detail the fur embellished shoes or the fur capes.
The collection offers a wide range of options for the Talbot Runhof woman, from work wear looks with gorgeous chunky gold streamed tweed, to eveningwear with satin, silk and sequined frocks, to weekend downtime outfits with some great separates and a very cool teal jumpsuit.