Nicolas Andreas Taralis’s Autumn/Winter 2012 collection was a gothic dystopia riddled with Eastern influence, or in his own words, “Kurosawa meets Blade Runner.” The show opened with a stunning look that set the tone for the rest of the collection: a floor-skimming Jedi-style coat worn over a long sheer black chiffon skirt. Jackets were asymmetrical, deconstructed and sliced in half, with straps and ties to keep them attached to the body. Other coats had high collars to shield faces from an impending apocalyptic winter. Dresses were long and cut close to the body and bottoms consisted of roomy harem pants and transparent skirts. Taralis also had some men’s looks in the collection, which included a beautiful leather topcoat and a gray kimono-like tunic.

The Toronto-born designer developed his minimalist, stripped-down style from the very best minds in fashion – he studied under Helmut Lang at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna and then assisted Hedi Slimane at Dior Homme. A true tailor at heart, Taralis may limit his color palette to mostly black and white, but he focuses on complicated silhouettes and layers, and every detail of every stitch. Strict and dark, Taralis’s clothes would feel at home in any Rick or Ann lover’s closet.

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