Her accent doesn’t go unnoticed, just like her authenticity and her identity as a northern woman. After several years working as a model and a designer, Tânia found happiness in creative direction. Be it in the work she does for Decenio or Tiffosi, or after a quick scroll on her Instagram account, we can’t but notice her impeccable good taste and graciousness.
YOU HAVE PROBABLY BEEN ASKED A MILLION TIMES ALREADY, BUT WHERE DOES THE WORD ‘DIOESPIRRO COME FROM?
‘Dioespirro’ (‘Persimmonsneeze’) was a ‘stop motion’ animation – a very crude one – I made with paper cuts when I was at university. It told the story of a persimmon walking around a dandelion field. All of a sudden, there’s a gush of wind, and in an allergy spell, the persimmon sneezes and explodes. I thought it was a really funny word and adopted it
HOW DID YOUR CAREER AS A MODEL INFORM YOUR AESTHETIC SENSE AS A STYLIST?
I have always enjoyed working in fashion, although I never loved working as a model. When I finished university I started working as a communication designer in the fashion industry. Then life happened (I mean in the best way possible), and I ended up working on my favourite side of the camera, with people I have always loved. The years I worked as a model gave me the opportunity to get to know the industry better and helped me to understand I love fashion. Today, when I work, I often put myself in the shoes of those on the other side of the camera, I love taking care of my models and pampering them, if they are not happy, the result will never be the same!
DOES THE CLEAR VISION YOU HAVE AS A DESIGNER INFLUENCE YOUR DAILY STYLE?
I do enjoy having plants around, and yes, I Have the utmost respect for Mother Nature and her many accomplishments. But I feel that, be it at work or in my personal life, I am equally influenced by nature, technology and the urban vibe. I think I am more the product of these 3 elements and that I move more comfortably where I find a bit of each of them.
WHAT IS THE PIECE YOUR WARDROBE MUST HAVE?
Honestly, and very inconspicuously, the white shirt and the overcoat go hand-in-hand and you find many of them in my wardrobe.
BORN AND BRED IN PORTO. WHAT MOST INSPIRES YOU IN YOUR CITY? IN 3 WORDS.
The people, the river and the accent.
HOW DO YOU SEE THE A-LINE WOMAN?
Someone who feels classics are a must, but who is original enough to re-interpret them.
WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE THING ABOUT YOUR AL03?
First I was wowed by the packaging! I felt like going on a weekend inside it. Then I fell in love with how versatile the piece was.
WHAT SUMMER ESSENTIALS DO YOU THINK A WOMAN CANNOT GO WITHOUT?
Sunscreen, reading material for the beach (books, magazines, sites, etc….), headphones and a hat. As many hats as possible, please!
WHAT ROLE DOES MUSIC PLAY IN YOUR LIFE?
One of my best friends.
WHAT IS YOUR GUILTY PLEASURE?
My exercise playlist, called ‘boxing beats’, with a lot of hip-hop I do not listen to any other time.
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