Talbots Holiday 2011 and A Few Sales/Savings Opportunities

Hello-Hello, welcome to an absolutely gorgeous day here at the Prepatorium.

It seems like just last week we were engaged in a whineathon of epic proportion desperate for just a taste of spring or summer weather.  Fast forward a few weeks and now many friends find themselves praying for an early fall, it has been that hot or that dry or that wet, or simply that miserable in their corner of the globe. In that spirit we offer an early look at this year’s holiday collection at Talbots.

Women’s Wear Daily attended yesterday’s preview and has the story.

“Inspired by Truman Capote’s Black and White Ball of 1966, Michael Smaldone, Talbots’ chief creative officer, showed a holiday collection on Wednesday that was minimalistic, with a nod to easy Sixties glamour.”

There are some nice, bright jewel tones in the line.

It’s always good to see a splash of color in the middle of winter.

Another angle on the more vibrant colors.

Robert Mitra/WWD

Here are a few of the more casual styles.

Robert Mitra/WWD

It looks like Talbots will continue to grow its workout/athletic/yoga group, an area that remains a very positive story for most retailers. (Full disclosure; your trusty correspondent has a few pieces from this group and they are outstanding.)

Robert Mitra/WWD

There is a wonderful array of pieces in a deep, rich red, perfect for the holidays.

Robert Mitra/WWD

More from the WWD story:

“Smaldone focused on clean shapes, from long column gowns to short A-line dresses, as well as graphic black-and-white elements on looks such as a long houndstooth skirt.”

More in these colors.

Also seen more frequently this time of year, lamé and sequins, with a few animal prints also visible.

Robert Mitra/WWD

There are more jewel tones shown in the holiday accessories.

Robert Mitra/WWD

A few more items.

Robert Mitra/WWD

These are a bit tougher to see, but you can still get an idea of what will be offered.

Robert Mitra/WWD

Many of the styles shown look elegant, although it is obviously difficult to gauge when you can’t feel the fabric, look closely at the cut, the embellishment, etc.  We fervently hope the collection helps the troubled retailer get back on track, we would like to see them around for many years to come.


We have a very few Sales and Savings Opportunities to offer.

Kate Spade is taking an additional 25% off sale prices, use promo code SALE25 for the discount. (Today is the last day.)

Brooks Brothers is doing its summer Clearance event.

Vineyard Vines is taking an additional 40% off its sale items, use promo code HOT. One caveat, this morning they have experienced numerous outages and downtime for the website. We’re sure it will be remedied as quickly as possible, but patience might be required.

Basically every apparel & accessories retailer we know of is offering significant discounts at its stores (as well factory/outlet stores) and online.


One last FYI, we are doing a poll at our sister site What Kate Wore, Kate’s wearing of pantyhose/tights/nylons almost all the time is creating quite the conversation. We would love to know what you think, either by vote or comment or both!

With that, we say thank you for popping in to visit, we cherish each and every reader, knowing you have a gazillion choices when it comes to online reading opportunities. We are grateful you decided to spend a little time with us. 🙂


  • All Talbots photos by Robert Mitra, WWD


Filed under preppy, Preppy clothing & brands, Preppy Fashion, preppy lifestyle, Sales & Savings

7 responses to “Talbots Holiday 2011 and A Few Sales/Savings Opportunities

  1. Erika P.

    I like the winter colors, but I can’t wear Talbots anymore. They have changed the cuts on their clothing (particularly the bottoms) so much that they just don’t fit right. My mother-in-law, who was such a loyal and prolific Talbots shopper that she got personal gifts from the company on a regular basis, has abandoned them in favor of Chico’s, as have many of her friends who were also Talbots devotees. Funny thing is, it doesn’t seem to matter whether they are stocky or sylphlike, the complaints are the same from all.

  2. Loving the colors Talbots!!

  3. I’ve really enjoyed Talbots over the past year and have stocked up on quite a few fun tops, bottoms, and skirts. They rank right up there with Ann Taylor and the Loft for places that I know I can find work clothes! I think some of these winter outfits are really cute and am hoping I like them in real life!

    PS- can’t wait to order a Lilly cup and straw! I want one for me, and I think they’ll be perfect for a few friends of mine as well!!

  4. Oh too funny – I posted about this yesterday!! I was at the showroom on Wednesday and so impressed with the collection. It is very classic and elegant with some great pieces to mix and match with other items in my wardrobe. My favorite was the houndstooth skirt which Julianne Moore is evidently going to sport in the winter ad!!

  5. Holiday clothes already???
    The summer has barely started here.
    (but it isn’t too early for me to buy that red coat is it?)

  6. Lina

    Bravo Talbots. The holiday line looks stellar! Thank you for taking a more modern approach to your design sensibility! No more frumpy pant fits. Hallelujah!

  7. Great looks!! I have been loving Talbots these days!!

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