Spring Style: Meet Thaina

Thaina Oliveira Da Silva rocks the new season's utility trend

Photographs by Julian Le Ballister 


The girl

Brazilian model Thaina Oliveira Da Silva has been in the game for five years now, and while she eventually plans to move behind the camera as a designer or stylist, she's doing too well to make the leap just yet. Some of her most recent work includes posing alongside fellow Brazilian Aira Ferreira in a styled shoot for Elle magazine featuring the latest looks from South African menswear designers – her favourite job of the season so far. After wrapping up on set, you can find her on her way to the nearest supermarket, where she'll be hunting down dinner. She plays both piano and guitar, and is as much a fan of fun nights out as she is of sleep. Models – they’re just like us.

The trend

Lurking in the shadows for a while now, the utility trend has finally reemerged, reinvented as a playful, non-conforming, summer-ready version of itself. It’s an inclusive story that doesn’t belong to any one style tribe, making it super easy to wear anywhere with pretty much anything. With the exception of the shirt dress (want) and the boiler suit (NEED), it’s all about separates, giving you endless combinations and styling options, like our stylist’s off-the-shoulder top with a boiler-suit-as-jeans pairing.

The key item

Utilitywear has always revolved around jackets – think spring parkas, biker jackets, trench coats and cropped cadet styles in mossy suedes, hardy cotton and beaten denim. Thaina’s fave was a lightweight suedette number elevated by chrome-finish pop studs. The signature feature across styles is utilitarian hardware, specifically brass and bronze buttons and buckles reminiscent of classic army fatigues. Bonus points awarded for copping one in olive green.

Model: Thaina D @ Twenty Model Management