Nicolas Andreas Taralis swapped last season's Victoriana for sci-fi. He loves George Lucas' first full-length film, THX 1138, and he used it as the starting point for his slightly futuristic collection. It's not the complete 180 that it sounds like. Taralis is a tailor, and the pieces in this show, like all of his collections since landing back on the runway a couple of years ago, are street-ready. Lucas' movie was a dud at the box office, but Taralis' clothes have real potential at retail with their lived-in feel. It has been nice to arrive in Paris to discover that priss has left the picture, at least momentarily.
White cotton vests and jackets appeared as if they'd been bleached, the fabric contrasting with the dark stitching and button thread. They were rumpled, too, which accentuated the feeling that they'd had a long history before the models pulled them on. The collection was evenly divided between black and white, and certain pieces in that white cotton and later on in washed black leather had closed-in bands of Velcro along the torso. It gave them the edgy look of sci-fi uniforms.
If the daywear felt somewhat dystopian, Taralis' dresses landed at the more optimistic end of the spectrum. A long one in a semi-sheer knit suspended from a leather bodice had a floaty, light spirit that defied the model's heavy sandal boots. The android police in THX 1138 wouldn't have approved, but we do.