Stat­uesque de­signer Techie Ger­man- Hage­dorn speaks to Mau­rice Ar­cache and gives us some style tips and her opin­ion on copy­cats

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Mau­rice Ar­cache can­didly chats with Techie Hage­dorn about her per­sonal style and de­sign phi­los­o­phy

Hello palang­gas, am go­ing to start right off the bat. What’s your re­ac­tion when peo­ple don’t like your de­sign? I’m re­ally okay with it. I can’t please ev­ery­body. Or worst when other de­sign­ers copy your look? It’s a cut­throat in­dus­try so it’s par for the course, I guess. You just al­ways need to be a step ahead of the r est. I see you at a lot of so­cial events and photos; do you think there is such a thing as over­ex­po­sure? Ab­so­lutely. What’s some­thing you see in your mum’s gen­er­a­tion that the younger gen­er­a­tions seem to be lack­ing to­day? So­cial manners. It’s sad to see fam­i­lies or friends hang­ing out but not speak­ing to each other. Ev­ery­one is glued to a gad­get or tuned out wear­ing ear­phones. When you are with your “besties,” are you the type who gives the gos­sip or lis­tens to it? Def­i­nitely both! I’m a giver and a re­ceiver! Why do you think we click? Be­cause we are both naughty and nice. No fil­tres when we are to­gether. We def­i­nitely ver­balise our thoughts with no fear of judge­ment. From a Peter Pan sort of girl, you are now a sta­ple on many a Best Dressed list. What three style tips can you give our women read­ers? 1) What­ever it is that you wear, own it and wear it with con­fi­dence; 2) Dress ap­pro­pri­ately for your age. There’s noth­ing worse than a mini skirt on a 60 year old. Sag­ging knees are a no-no; 3) Com­fort is the key. If it doesn’t fit you well, don’t wear it. Do you like my style? What style ad­vice can you give me? Yes, I love your style. Don’t change a thing! You turned a hobby into a dress shop, made a name with your sim­ple but el­e­gant-look­ing clothes, and have be­come a favoured de­signer by the well-heeled crowd. Congratulations! Thanks. It takes a lot of hard work, de­ter­mi­na­tion—and wine! What out­fit would you de­sign for me? A flam­boy­ant caf­tan. Name sev­eral women you would like to dress up. I’m al­ready dress­ing them, haha! Name sev­eral of your style icons. Olivia Palermo, Diana Vree­land, Cate Blanchett, and Carolina Her­rera. You and your hus­band, Philip, still look so much in love. What is the secret to your last­ing re­la­tion­ship? Com­mu­ni­ca­tion and lots of…imagination and cre­ativ­ity. What was the cra­zi­est thing you have done in your life? Too many to re­mem­ber. What was the big­gest lie you have ever told? As your fa­mous line goes, “My lips are sealed!”

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