After a successful four years in Dubai, the design pair headed to Italy to focus on the craftsmanship of their designs that are destined to reach cult status. The riot of colour in the SS19 collection screams holiday, yet the clean lines elevate any vacation wardrobe.
Do you think your clothes are symbolic of Middle Eastern design?
The Middle East continues to inspire our collections and aesthetics. It has to do with the elegance and attitude of a laid-back silhouette.
You’ve previously described the label “a bridge between European elegance and Middle Eastern charm”. Can you tell us more about this?
Our time living in Dubai for four years from 2013 was beyond formative and inspiring. Taller Marmo was born in Dubai and we moved back to Milan as we needed to be closer to our factories. We always said that the brand was trying to form a cultural bridge between Europe and the Middle East because the collections reflect our experiences at that exact moment. The colours, the silhouettes and the attitude is really inspired by the Middle East while the fabrics, the tailoring, and the attention to detail is very Italian.
Who do you design for, and what are the key components of your design ethos?
We want women to feel chic and fabulous, plain and simple. We are a fabric-driven brand and we want to show our know-how and craftsmanship, so the design must be as simple as possible.
What are your thoughts on the style of UAE women?
We have met some of the chicest and strongest women in the UAE. We have always loved how they use fashion as an empowerment tool.
What is the Taller Marmo girl’s vacation style and where is she going on holiday?
We think she would split her holidays in two parts. The first part she would be in party mode in Formentera or the Amalfi Coast and then she would finish her holidays in a beautiful house in Pantelleria, an island off Sicily. We think about Tilda Swinton in Luca Guadagnino’s movie, A Bigger Splash which influenced the vibe of our SS19 collection.
Where will you be spending your summer this year?
We wanted to have a very European summer so we will be in between the south of Italy, Spain and Portugal.