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.
Here are a few of the more casual styles.
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.)
There is a wonderful array of pieces in a deep, rich red, perfect for the holidays.
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.
There are more jewel tones shown in the holiday accessories.
A few more items.
These are a bit tougher to see, but you can still get an idea of what will be offered.
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. 🙂
ADDITIONAL PHOTO CREDIT:
- All Talbots photos by Robert Mitra, WWD