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Nicolas Andreas Taralis

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Paris: While designers have been looking back to Helmut Lang’s 1990s heyday for inspiration over the past few seasons, Toronto-born designer Nicolas Andreas Taralis is perhaps the most qualified to pay homage to Lang, having studied under him at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna. The master’s influence could be seen in the limited palette of blacks and greys, as well as the precise tailoring mixed with languorous draping, but Taralis’ rock-and-roll aesthetic moved the inspirations forward. Washing, distressing, and salt water dyeing were among the techniques the designer used to create the perfectly disheveled looks, the dyeing creating camouflage-like patterns for button-up shirts and relaxed pants. Body-con knit tops and dresses and a cutaway sleeveless motorcycle jacket were among the most covetable items in the collection, and Balmain-style shredded skinny jeans are sure to appeal to chic city girls.


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