The Former Pharmacist Turned Anna Dello Russo’s Prodigy

Chiara Totire traded in the lab coat for Dior and Attico. Milan.

By: Noah Lehava
Styling: Noah Lehava
Photography: Alec Kugler

Chiara Totire has that inimitable style that feels so her, it’s hard to imagine her in anything that doesn’t fall completely in line with what she loves, like, say, a lab coat (more on that in a sec). It’s even harder to believe that she almost didn’t end up working alongside Anna Della Russo at Vogue Japan—her first gig was styling at Italian glossy Grazia—if it wasn’t for the unwavering gut feeling that made her step away from her pharmaceutical degree and pursue her true passion. But don’t just take our word for it; see for yourself (by way of her impeccable wardrobe) how it is the perfect fit.

When we arrived to her three-story loft-style home in Milan, Totire led us straight to the entire floor she had dedicated to her wardrobe. Rolling racks of blazers, leather jackets, and long, flowy dresses lined the walls. Piled beneath, leather Acne creepers and dainty Dior heels—quite a juxtaposition. But like we said, it all somehow makes sense when worn by Totire. And as we pulled multicolored raffia bags and hats down from her ceiling-height shelves, she told us about how these pieces were part of her recent venture even further into fashion, exploring accessory design with a capsule collection in partnership with Sensi.

Speaking of accessories, Totire had the best collection of dainty and colorful jewels we’ve ever seen—Hawaiian flowered earrings by RueBelle, literally bags full of stackable bangles, rings, long-stranded necklaces from Shashi, and outdoorsy-bohemian layered pieces she’s picked up throughout her styling career. By the time the shoot was over, we secretly (but not-so-secretly) hoped we absorbed some of that Italian sartorial sense through osmosis.