Chat with fashion journalist Catarina Vasques Rito
So what better way to find out about Rui’s claims than to put Catarina to the test! I told her in a days time I had Lena Saugen with me and we had the afternoon free to experiment with some ideas, was she up for it!
At the end of our afternoon in Quinta da Marinha I asked Catarina a bit about her life. She told me she did her degree in Journalism in the 90’s but it wasn’t until 2006 she decided to become a journalist. It all started because the newspaper directors she was working for asked her to begin a fashion column and become a journalist, which she did. She’s never looked back. She went onto say she has always been fascinated by the fashion world so decided to learn as much about it as possible, by studying every aspect even fabrics and garment construction so she gained a full understanding of all involved. The journalism work has since led her into fashion productions and styling.
Beginning her career working for the daily newspaper Diário de Noticias she is now a fashion freelancer and she collaborates with magazines such as Noticias Magazine, M My Magazine, Essential Macau Magazine, Global Fashion Magazine (Spain), Volta ao Mundo Magazine, Mais Magazine (Lidl); and other publications as site Delas.pt; Jornal Dica da Semana.
“I like to see how fashion brands decide and define the next step; how fashion is carried forward and evolves or goes back in time to make the future trends from past trends”.
She went onto tell me that horses fascinate her because of their beauty and power. “Like fashion, equestrian lifestyle is growing rapidly and it can be larger than life….. the key is to keep it simple and stylish.
“Lisbon is obviously a beautiful city, where you can find great entertainment, good food, nice people, cultural events and art exhibitions, and of course the fashion aspect is growing in a way that attracts new people. I think Lisbon is currently a top destination and a very fashionable city to visit. What’s more our high fashion opportunities can be found in all sorts of styles to suit different people for example visit:
- Avenida da Liberdade it is the luxury avenue
- Principe Real is the alternative/conceptual place
- Bairro Alto/Chiado is the mainstream/urban place to shop.
Lisbon is so exciting these days it’s really growing in a very positive way especially in the areas of lifestyle and the arts. We always were very trendy, but afraid to show it. Nowadays we are pleased and proud to show it to the world with less shame of thinking we are lesser than any other culture”.
NB – If you’ve never been to Lisbon you really must add it your must do list, it really is a great place to spend a weekend or longer.
Image – Lusitano Jimmy with model Claudia
Beauty is always present in everyone life. I just help people to find it and to make the best of it. Where to shop; what kind of style or which fashion designer to know. Between Portuguese fashion and International fashion, Lisbon offers a little bit of everything. Most of all it offers tradition versus contemporary fashion/art/gastronomy/….