Photography / Alberto Moreu
Models / Carolina, Alice Sofia, Gaia Diletta
Pot plants, a swimming pool, concrete steps and the Olympic rings. Chiara Tiso, teach us your ways.
Based in her hometown of Treviso, laden with gothic cathedrals and botanical gardens, this Venetian designer has grabbed our attention with her simplified approach to modern, sculptural dressing in the Natatorium capsule collection. Okay, we admit that a barren landscape for fash-snapping never hurts, and we’re all for advocating the purposefulness of slip-on poolside footwear for fashion. But it’s Tiso’s dedication to the designer craft and loyalty to aesthetic that has got us sitting up and taking notice. Inspired by the evolution of the swimsuit, going as far back as mid-nineteenth century, Tiso’s awareness of the human form is not only acknowledged through design, but celebrated in a reconsidered approach to femininity and the power of physicality. Founded on a monochrome palette with a nude here and a sheer there, Tiso revisits the strength, mystery and effective seduction of covering up that all those clever gals who frolicked through the waves with their frilly parasols and fully clothed bosoms were on about in 1860. Neoprene is employed in black ‘sweaters’ and white skirt of the same intriguing form as Celine’s Spring/Summer 2013 wares, though not as meticulous in construction and with more movement, more life. The trench is reinvented as a throw on over your leather-look leggings and tulle top, as is the pinafore and biker jacket, all renewed in the face of expected design and worn with an air of androgynous grace. We’re set, give us an abandoned aquatic centre and some Tiso garb any day.