Great googly moogly...check out Talbot's Look Book!!! - une femme d'un certain âge

Great googly moogly…check out Talbot’s Look Book!!!

Talbot’s fall Look Book is online here, though most items aren’t available until September or October. Wait until you see some of what’s coming for fall…they’ve definitely dialed up the elegance and chic! (The new items start around page 40 in the lookbook.) That jacket in the background in the picture above has is giving me palpitations!

I love how they’ve styled the new items, a bit reminiscent of the late, lamented Forth & Towne (a positive in une femme’s book). Maybe it’s the cloche hats, but I’m also getting a 1920’s-Paris-early-Chanel vibe, yet also very modern and wearable. Go look, tell me what you think.

So maybe I take back what I said yesterday about a lackluster fall season. 😉

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  1. August 16, 2009 / 12:41 pm

    Very chic! I like Talbots. I’m off to check out the look book.

  2. August 16, 2009 / 2:01 pm

    Gosh I would never previously have thought to say Talbots and chic in the same sentence.

  3. August 16, 2009 / 2:25 pm

    Um, yah. Cutest clothes ever. I think my mom and I will be doing a shopping trip to Talbots as soon as that amazing clothing comes in. She will be so thrilled!

    Thanks doll,
    The Glamorous Housewife

  4. Maravonda
    August 16, 2009 / 2:40 pm

    Oh My Goodness, Pseu! I feel positively inspired. There has not been a new fall collection in sn sffordable line that has spoken to me in years, and this one has one look after the other…I even love the handbags, and I am SO not into handbags. It is probably, as you say, somehow linked to my ever-growing wardrobe of custom winter cloches made by a lovely milliner named Belle in Washington State…check out Boring Sydney on Etsy, hat lovers will be very happy they went!

  5. Maravonda
    August 16, 2009 / 2:41 pm

    That would be An Affordable line…

  6. August 16, 2009 / 3:29 pm

    What a beautiful collection. If I could I would buy most of it.Thank you for sharing.

  7. katriona
    August 16, 2009 / 4:46 pm

    The line is so refreshingly restrained and understated. The colours are so muted and so flattering… I don’t have the long lines to make the most of the outfits, but I really love it. To me it speaks of structure, function, elegance and versatility–and it seems to put the focus on the woman in the clothes, rather than any one item standing out from the ensemble. It really does speak to the idea of building a finite wardrobe of excellent classic pieces–very French. Soooo… are ya gonna get a little travelwear for The Trip???! I see a lot of colours that would be beautiful on you!

  8. Anonymous
    August 16, 2009 / 6:36 pm

    Oh my God, I might actually buy something new to wear this fall (getting sick of my uniform after a few years).

  9. metscan
    August 16, 2009 / 3:51 pm

    I must say that this catalogue has European vibes; some outfits are very French, and I can understand your excitement. Just looking at the pictures, I could find interesting clothes for myself too. The prices are more than reasonable.

  10. La Belette Rouge
    August 16, 2009 / 3:56 pm

    That’s Talbots??? I am guessing they are going to lose some old customers and gain some new ones.

  11. Anonymous
    August 16, 2009 / 11:14 pm

    Well “une f” have studied form (from far away Australia!) and I feel jacket p.80 would be great on you – am loving 3/4 sleeves with leather gloves, also jacket p.102-3 – very Chanel-esque and also think u should try a dress – p 104-5 – dresses v. useful I have found – just one thing to think about. Feel another order coming on from here (ordered the ‘french scarf’ you wrote about a while back!) – postage horrendous though! (from Anon. in Oz – she who asked you whether you were going to do us a style report on your next visit to Paris – am still so excited about your forthcoming trip!!) Really must sort out a gmail account so I won’t be Anon. anymore!!

  12. ~Tessa~Scoffs
    August 16, 2009 / 4:18 pm

    Love ALL the looks! Wish I had the lifestyle / job / weather to justify a purchase!

  13. August 17, 2009 / 1:55 am

    OK — One message of that collection to me is: If I can afford only one thing this fall, then it’s got to be the ‘slightly shaped wool jacket with the Chanel pocket flaps and trim’ thing. That’s something I can put in the closet and find snuggled up to pretty much everything in my closet the next morning and that includes a good pair of jeans. The other message is this: If I can’t afford anything major this fall/winter, THE sure way to freshen up my look is with gloves, a good cloche hat (which looks good on everyone), and perhaps a scarf or two.

  14. Lisa
    August 16, 2009 / 7:19 pm

    Just finished placing an order with Talbots (yes, they are stepping it up a notch) for a great pair of shoes and got this email from a friend. It’s a little long, but I had to share it with you because I think you will like it.

    This is what Andy Rooney thinks about women over 40:
    > 60 Minutes Correspondent Andy Rooney (CBS)
    > As I grow in age, I value women over 40 most of all. Here are just a few reasons why:
    > A woman over 40 will never wake you in the middle of the night and ask, ‘What are you thinking?’ She doesn’t care what you think.
    > If a woman over 40 doesn’t want to watch the game, she doesn’t sit around whining about it. She does something she wants to do, and it’s usually more interesting.
    > Women over 40 are dignified. They seldom have a screaming match with you at the opera or in the middle of an expensive restaurant. Of course, if you deserve it, they won’t hesitate to shoot you if they think they can get away with it.
    > Older women are generous with praise, often undeserved. They know what it’s like to be unappreciated.
    > Women get psychic as they age. You never have to confess your sins to a woman over 40.
    > Once you get past a wrinkle or two, a woman over 40 is far sexier than her younger counterpart.
    > Older women are forthright and honest. They’ll tell you right off if you are a jerk, if you are acting like one. You don’t ever have to wonder where you stand with her.
    > Yes, we praise women over 40 for a multitude of reasons. Unfortunately, it’s not reciprocal. For every stunning, smart, well-coiffed, hot woman over 40, there is a bald, paunchy relic in yellow pants making a fool of himself with some 22-year old waitress. Ladies, I apologize.
    > For all those men who say, ‘Why buy the cow when you can get the milk for free? here’s an update for you. Nowadays 80% of women are against marriage. Why? Because women realize it’s not worth buying an entire pig just to get a little sausage!
    > Andy Rooney is a really smart guy!

  15. August 17, 2009 / 3:39 am

    wow, i cannot believe this is talbots.
    thanks so much for bringing it to our attention!
    i kept getting a vibe that it’s kind of like anthropologie for femmes d’un certain age.
    very curious to see what they did to pull this off.
    LOVE your blog.

  16. Couture Allure Vintage Fashion
    August 17, 2009 / 12:24 am

    Gorgeous! And miles apart from J. Jill, which now looks dumpy, frumpy and completely uninspired and unwearable. Looks like Talbots is definitely headed in the right direction.

  17. tiffany
    August 17, 2009 / 1:05 am

    Gosh, I could wear just about everything in there!

  18. August 17, 2009 / 1:46 pm

    Thanks! I say, outstanding- that tie neck jacket and pencil skirt (a suit for $360!) in camel stunned me. The test will be in fabric quality and fit.

    Finally someone is cohesively dressing women who do not want to look like naive girls or tarts, at a reasonable price point.

    Wonder if we will adopt the retro styling: nude hose (which have not been worn much here for ages) and black shortie gloves?

    Your readers who lurrve certain items should swoop down the instant they are available b/c with this transformation Talbots’ will have to back it up with extensive advertising, so everyone will be noticing- and shopping.

  19. Debbie F
    August 17, 2009 / 3:38 pm

    I want everything! Style and glamour is back!

  20. August 17, 2009 / 4:05 pm

    Lisa, no worries! It was a fun read, thanks for sharing it!

  21. August 17, 2009 / 6:16 pm

    hmmm got me to rethink some fall season items I was making my mind up to pass along. 🙂 Now I feel all wishy washy when hours ago I was feeling so decisive.

    Two things: I would be in seventh heaven to have hose come back – mighty tired of blisters, bandaids and body glide stick that I can’t leave home without.

    Skirts seem to be getting a bit longer.

  22. August 17, 2009 / 7:56 pm

    Thank you for adding me to your blog roll as well (is it one or two words?).

    Yes, let’s plan something while you’re in Paris. Sounds like great fun.

    Would you like me to check out anything here before you arrive? Let me know.

  23. Lisa
    August 17, 2009 / 3:58 pm

    Pseu, I’ve just been informed by a friend that I have committed a breach of blogging etiquette by posting something unrelated to your original post. I’m new to the game, sorry about that!

  24. Frugal Scholar
    August 17, 2009 / 4:32 pm

    Not to be a party pooper, but I wonder about the fit. I have been loving the new styles, but Talbots remains boxy and ill-fitting–at least on me.

  25. Sher
    August 17, 2009 / 10:03 pm

    I love the jacket on the right. I’ll be peeking back there more often and might even place an order now. It has been a while.

  26. Northmoon
    August 18, 2009 / 12:06 pm

    The catalogue looks interesting, but I’d want to try things on, see the fabric and fit in person.

    Does Talbots have different Buyers for different stores? I’ve never been impressed by the Talbots in Toronto.

    However, my mother and I visited the store in Winnipeg this spring and both found outfits we loved. The selection seemed much larger and more appealing.

    I tried the Toronto store again this summer and again there was nothing I even felt like trying on. Is it just me?

  27. August 18, 2009 / 2:45 pm

    re northmoon’s comment:
    There are no buyers at the individual store level, and when you consider the population of both cities, I would wonder why Winnipeg store would have more stock?

    Have you tried the Talbots at Yorkdale? (I prefer the Bloor St store but often find nothing.) I really like the big, clean and well-maintained change rooms.

  28. Mrs. Jenner
    August 19, 2009 / 1:58 am

    Thank you for posting the look book. There are a few things that I love but of course they are sold out in my size already (as well as every size above it in case I wanted to have it tailored).

    Have a wonderful time tomorrow night with the blogging ladies!

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