The debut Nobi Talai collection by Berlin-based Iranian designer Nobieh Talai enriched Berlin’s purist designer ranks — and gracefully so. She set 15 models on a bed of sand in a room of the Kronprinzenpalais and dressed them in soothing shades of soft white, ecru, greige, russet and midnight blue in materials that included silk crepe de chine, goat suede, slightly shimmering woven baste and a linen-viscose blend. The silhouettes were loosely draped, wrapped and folded for richly simple looks, such as a russet goat suede jacket, lightly rounded in form with self-tied half-sleeves, over a long cream linen-viscose shirt with rounded shirt tails and soft navy silk culottes.
Inspired by Persian nomads and the clean lines of modernist design, Talai nonetheless eschewed sharp contours, even when cutting out slits in a cap-sleeved cardigan vest. Instead it was all one seamless flow of apron dresses, tuniclike dresses and tops — some casually sashed, others hanging loose — and wrap skirts and pants that can be adapted to fit women of all shapes and sizes.