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#Takaiiwomen is a celebration of all women across all ages, all interests and all backgrounds. In this feature, we interview German up and coming designer, Cathi.
Hey Cathi! Tell me a little bit about where you are from and grew up?
Hey Thaka, thanks for this interview and congratulations on your recent launch!
I am from Cologne, Germany. Born and raised.
We recently made a little video together, where we shot some footage of you ballet dancing for TAKAII in the Josephine Jumpsuit. Was it always a dream of yours growing up to be a ballerina?
Uhhm, not quite… My mum motivated me, or let me say, pushed me into it without really asking. It's that Asian culture I guess, to start some ‘incredible’ pursuits at a really young age I don’t know.. At age 5 my mum took to me my first ballet class. From then on I was attending classes every second day, without really asking myself if I like it or not. I kind of liked it and it really became a part of me.
Which 4 words would you use to describe you?
I guess just being a typical Leo!
What different things would you say inspire your designs?
I’m really into minimalism, straight lines, oversized/ menswear inspired cuts, old school stuff, streetwear… For all of my designs I would say I just go with my current mood and inspirations from daily life, something I might have seen in a shop or something like that.
In my last two collections I took inspiration from Asian cultures and streetwear elements.
How would you describe your personal style?
I just wear things or combine them in a way that I feel comfortable with on that day. I don’t really know, there are some people who compliment my style but I don’t put too much effort into it. It started back then when I had my first Hip Hop lesson, I guess, that year I found my “touch”.
Oversized, comfy, minimalist, tone in tone… but my one rule is: never wear something oversized or baggy from top to bottom (especially when you aren’t that tall). One piece oversized, the others less oversized.
Your skin is Ah-mazing! Tell us your secret !?
Haha this is going to be funny… I don’t use anything!
Every night before I go to bed I clean my face with some peeling soap from Nivea and use a lot of water. Before I wear any foundation I use an NYX Primer. I don’t really even use moisturiser (kinda forget that every time).
What 4 words would you use to describe how you feel about 2020?
Hmm. It’s hard because I don’t really set goals for the new year. My goals don’t depend on that, I just take my time, so that would describe my 2020 well.
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If I could meet anyone for a day it would be _________ and I would ask them _________ .
If I could meet anyone for a day it would be my Grandpa and I would ask him if he can tell me all the good stories from back then.
If I could meet any Celebrity it would be Rihanna and I would ask her, HOW? What’s the secret to your energy and endless inspiration?
I’m not a big fan of any celebrities but Rihanna always blows my mind!
If I could have anyone walk in my Runway show it would be ___________.
If I could have anyone walk in my Runway it would be Kendall Jenner… or Rihanna as well haha.
What’s your favourite thing to do for fun?
Uhm.. thats a hard one… I think maybe thats something to do with my Asian heritage, always hard working and trying your best and I wouldn’t think its right to hang out all the time with friends. Everyone loves to enjoy life…
I guess the times when I really feel great and into myself is when I dance <3