Philomène Tellaroli’s Story

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Published July 28, 2015

ABOVE: PHILOMENE TELLAROLI. PHOTOS BY LEA COLUMBO COURTESY OF & OTHER STORIES.

As a fashion student, Philomène Tellaroli wanted to design ready-to-wear. It was a happy accident that her first job was in accessories, a facet of fashion she’s stuck with ever since. Over four years ago, Tellaroli was the first designer hired by & Other Stories, working on accessories at the Swedish company’s Parisian atelier. “When I think about it, accessories have always been in my heart,” the French designer explains. “This is the way I create my personal style. I first think about which shoes, bags, jewels, pair of sunglasses, hat or glove or hair accessories I want to wear. After that come the clothes.”

For the accessories in & Other Stories’ Fall/Winter 2015 atelier collection, Tellaroli drew inspiration from “the rich details of the fabrics and the jewels” worn by Berber women. She was, and always is, drawn to women with strong personalities that filter through their sense of style (the French designer’s personal muses include idiosyncratic beauties of the ’60s and ’70s such as Loulou de la Falaise, Jane Birkin, and Bianca Jagger). To model for the campaign, Tellaroli and & Other Stories selected five modern-day muses: the British poet Greta Bellamacina, fashion icon Violeta Sanchez, model Poppy Okotcha, stylist Ursina Gysi, and model and actress Angie Sherbourne. Tellaroli herself also models a chunky necklace (her favorite piece), long earrings, red dress, and graphic sandals from the collection. “The best style advice I’ve ever been given is ‘be yourself,'” she says. “I can say that I love being myself.”

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