Thursday, 23 August 2012

Interview with Austrian fashion blogger Kate

This is something very special, I've been wanting to do for a long time. It's my first interview! It's with one of my favorite fashion bloggers, Kate from The Style Department. I really love her blog, because her posts are very down-to-earth and she knows the latest fashion trends. I asked her 15 questions and she was kind enough to answer them all!

Voyager Fashion: Why do you like blogging?
Kate: I like blogging because it gives me an outlet for my interest in fashion. A lot of my friends aren’t interested in fashion the way I am, so it also gives me the opportunity to virtually meet like-minded people.

VF: How long have you been blogging?
K: I have been blogging for about 4-5 months, and I am really enjoying it.

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VF: Why did you start blogging?
K: I have wanted to start a blog since about 2008, but was too self-conscious about what my friends and people I know would think. I am a little upset that I didn't start earlier. This year I thought to myself, when I am 80 years old I am only going to be worried about the things I didn't do and not about the opportunities I took on and experienced.

VF: Who are your biggest style inspirations?
K: I guess celebrities and models. Other bloggers and street-style also influence the way I dress, but mostly I am inspired by different colors and detail shots. Also by movies and reading books, because a good book can really challenge your imagination and give you new ideas.

VF: What's your favorite outfit from your blog?
K: Here are five of my favorite looks:

VF: What are this summer's must-haves?
K: A great pair of jean shorts, actually shorts in general, white tops are always important for summer, I guess. This summer it would be wedge sneakers, white, colored and especially printed pants, pastel colors, and, as every summer, florals. Additionally a lot of colors and interesting leather pieces, which are still going strong the next season.

VF: What kind of music inspires you?
K: Really depends on my mood, if I am deciding what I am going to wear on a night out I would probably listen to a little more mainstream music, like Calvin Harris, Usher, MIA, MGMT, and different Djs. For day to day I am more likely to listen to Mumford and Sons, Florence and the Machine, Damien Rice, Oh Land. For dressing up for going to dinner and more elegant places, I like Sinatra and Nina Simone. As you can see from the long answer music plays an important role in my life;)

VF: Where are you from?
K: I am from Vienna, the capital of a little country in Europe called Austria.

VF: Can you describe the street style in the city you live in?
K: It is a little boring to be honest. Vienna is a city that has a lot of history and people are really proud of it. It also has the highest living quality in the world (yay!), but it lacks progress in the fashion area in my opinion. There are mostly two different ways people dress, you are either a „snob“ wearing Polo Shirts, Tod’s Loafers and Longchamp bags or „alternative hipster style“. These are of course the extremes, and there is a fashion week in Vienna, which is really cool, because it is open to public, and it slowly develops and you see different styles, but there is still a lot to be done.

VF: What do you plan on doing in the future?
K: To be honest, this is one of the most scariest questions one could ask;) I hope to further develop my blog and pursue some career in fashion, but first I have to finish my studies and I want to travel a lot.

VF: Who's your biggest supporter?
K: I would say my mom, because she takes a lot of my pictures and always makes time for it. Other then her of course my dad and my friends, who are all supportive, especially Laura. ( Hope she reads this;) )

VF: What is the last piece of clothing you bought?
K: It was a Hugo Boss Blazer for my mom I bought in the sale, because I knew she would love the color and she’s not the biggest fan of shopping and to thank her for her support. The last thing I bought for me, were actually 4 things, a striped and a nude top, a dress with a swallow print on it (very Miu Miu) and a white tee from H&M. As you can guess I was shopping for basics;)

VF: What do you do, when you're not busy blogging?
K: I study art history at the University of Vienna and business law at the University of Economics in Vienna. And of course meeting friends, traveling and going out with my boyfriend, like every other person does.

VF: What advice can you give to new bloggers?
K: Don’t think that your blog will be a success overnight. I first was really determined to get my blog super famous in a year, which of course is not possible, it takes time, persistance and a lot of work. Now that I know that I am much more relaxed when I blog and I have a lot more fun doing it. Because I do it for me and because it makes me happy, that’s more important, then getting things for free..although I wouldn't mind;)

VF Extra Question: Do you want to say anything to the Voyager Fashion readers?
K: First of all I want to thank the lovely Kaisa for asking me to do this interview on her amazing blog! You should definitely keep on reading and discovering new blogs, there is more out there then a handful of super famous blogs. Oh and please always give constructive criticism if you have time, we bloggers really do appreciate it.

Again, thank you so much, Kate for doing the interview and I hope I can do more interviews in the future, this was really fun:)


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