An Italian style lesson with the Tordini sisters
Effortless everyday elegance is the motto as Giorgia and Giulia Tordini curate the best of H&M.
Giorgia and Giulia Tordini (and their little sister Greta) were born into fashion. Growing up, their father Piero Tordini – then a shoe designer and fashion entrepreneur – would bring his daughters with him on buying trips and to fashion shows. Nowadays, the family runs Milan showroom Marcona 3, a space dedicated to Italian design to which Giulia Tordini has lent her skills in web design. Giorgia is also following in her family’s footsteps: last year she launched fashion line Attico together with fellow Italian It-girl Gilda Ambrosio.
And as veteran street style stars, it is safe to say that the sisters have grown in to fashion icons in their own. Photographer Adam Katz Sinding managed to catch both Giulia and Giorgia in Milan, where they styled and modelled their current H&M favourites.
WHO IS YOUR STYLE ICON?
GIORGIA: ”I have many muses from the past; Bianca Jagger, Veruschka, Jane Birkin and Charlotte Rampling are my favourites. I admire their style and attitude. They all have in common that they were very stylish, strong women, whose unique and distinctive look made an impact.”
GIULIA: ”Sophia Loren.”
WHAT IS YOUR SIGNATURE STYLE?
GIORGIA: ”Minimal, classic, timeless.”
GIULIA : ”Effortless yet feminine.”
WHO IS YOUR FAVOURITE DESIGNER?
GIULIA: ”Dolce & Gabbana. I love the way they express the Italian spirit and how they stick to our Italian roots. Every time you see one of their ads or runway shows you really feel the passion and the joy behind their art.”
GIORGIA: ”Yves Saint Laurent. I’m especially passionate about the collections from the 1970s, when Yves Saint Laurent was alive and still creating his own collections. He had an incredible and unique vision. I buy a lot of vintage YSL pieces – sometimes when I’m vintage shopping I find myself selecting his pieces without even looking at the label. YSL is like a magnet to me!”
I was born into a family where fashion has always been around, so I grew up with it being an essential part of my life.
WHERE IS YOUR FAVOURITE PLACE ON EARTH?
GIORGIA: ”New York, my city. I have travelled around the world but NYC has a unique energy and magic to it. Life in the city is a rollercoaster – sometimes you madly hate it, sometimes you deeply love it. But it’s just my happy place.
GIULIA : ”Choosing one place is difficult. I’m very fascinated by New York: thanks to my sister who has always conveyed her love for this sleepless city. I feel a strong bond to the Big Apple. On the other hand, I was born by the sea so naturally I feel very connected to islands as well, especially Favignana [southern Italy] where I go at least twice a year.”
WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE FOOD?
GIORGIA: ”Definitely Italian food. Simple and delicious.”
GIULIA: ”The Italian Masterpiece: ‘Spaghetti al pomodoro e basilico’.”
WHAT IS YOUR GO-TO LOOK?
GIULIA: ”A flowy mini dress.”
GIORGIA: ”High-waisted skinny jeans, a t-shirt and booties. Doesn’t matter the season, this is how I feel the most comfortable and myself.”
WHY IS FASHION IMPORTANT?
GIORGIA: ”It’s important to me, because fashion is what I do and what I love doing. Since I launched my brand Attico, my life has changed so much. But I never feel it’s work. It’s a continuous challenge and an everyday lesson – my job inspires me every day.”
GIULIA: ”I was born into a family where fashion has always been around, so I grew up with it being an essential part of my life.”
IF YOU COULD GO BACK IN HISTORY, WHAT FASHION ERA WOULD YOU LIKE TO
GIULIA: ”The roaring ’20s, without a doubt.”
GIORGIA: ”The ’70s are definitely my favourite period in terms of culture and style. Not only do I love the fashion from that time but also the architecture, interior decoration, design and general aesthetic.”
WHAT ITEM WOULD YOU NEVER PART FROM?
GIULIA: ”A family ring that my dad gave me and my two sisters, symbolising sisterhood.”
GIORGIA: ”A good tailored blazer – the perfect item to complete every look. It goes perfectly on top of everything: whether it’s a dress, a pair of trousers or a skirt. It’s my passe-partout item.”
WHAT DID YOU WANT TO BE WHEN YOU WERE A CHILD?
GIULIA: ”A ballerina.”
GIORGIA: ”A ballerina.”
WHAT IS YOUR GUILTY FASHION PLEASURE?
WHO WOULD YOU LIKE TO MEET?
GIORGIA: ”Helmut Newton.”
WHAT DO YOU NEED RIGHT NOW?
GIULIA: “Spaghetti al pomodoro e basilico”.
WHAT IS YOUR LATEST BEAUTY DISCOVERY?
GIULIA: ”Oribe Balmessence Lip Treatment.”
GIORGIA: ”Arval Sun Times for a perfect tan.”
WHAT: Art director and web designer