“I have a precise idea of a woman,” says contemporary designer Nicolas Andreas Taralis. “Soft, but sometimes strong: the contrast is the most interesting.”

Born in Toronto, the now European-based fashion designer studied at Parsons New School for Design in New York City and under Helmut Lang at The University of Applied Arts in Vienna. He trained with Hedi Slimane at Dior Homme and with Cerruti before launching his own collection in 2004, for which he was honored with Vienna’s Unit-F award for Contemporary Fashion. Taralis’s pieces are entirely constructed in Europe, a choice the brand prides itself on.

He maintains an alternative approach in his collections, bringing his audience outside the ordinary world. The designer fills a unique niche next to his Alexander Wang, Ann Demeulemeester and Haider Ackerman counterparts. With expert tailoring, an extremely sexy (sometimes overtly sexed) take on menswear inspired formats, and quirkiness most readily identified to Japanese or Outer Space (think Star Wars) fashion, Taralis indulges in ambiguity. The austerity in his designs cloaks a fragile insecurity of the wearer, much like the dichotomous woman he describes.


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