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. In this series of inspirational women in fashion, the stylist from Porto told us a bit more about her burning desires and ambitions and surprised us with a tailored tour of Porto.
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 think it is a bit the other way around. I have always been a very visual person, who surrenders to images that talk to me (whatever they may be), so I have always looked for many aesthetic references. That is probably why I decided to study design and why I am always careful with everything that paints a picture (any picture). Maybe that does mirror itself on my day-to-day style…
You are a self-professed plant-lover. Is that a key element to your work?
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…
Porto City Guide by Tânia
Where to stay…
Somewhere with a view of the river. Having the Douro wishing you a ‘good day’ is an excellent way to have one.
Where to eat…
I would say at my grandmother’s, but it is not easy to book a table, so I guess you can go for one of the daily options at Miss Opo, a salad at Brick, a ‘francesinha’ at Velasquez, the Japanese snacks at Shiko, the pizza with a view of the Douro at Casa d’ Oro, the fish fillets at Casa Aleixo… It is not difficult to eat well in Porto!
– You are in Porto. You must use that time to…
Be with my people!
– Something people should know about Porto…
Right now, the people who make Porto what it is are unable to live in it because of sky-high rents!
– The most ‘fashion’ thing about Porto is…
>I really have trouble interpreting the word ‘fashion’ as an adjective, so I am at a loss for words
Women from Porto. Their style in a word.
– What you miss the most when you are away…