Monday, February 28, 2011

Geek Peek: Dan Caten of DSquared

Bravo's TV show Launch my Line is premiering on Sony Entertainment Television (nowTV channel 514) tomorrow and our new friends Gayle and Joyce were kind enough to let us have a sneak preview of the show, as well as help arrange an interview with one of the hosts of the show, Dan Caten of DSquared. It seemed a fitting time as well, to launch our new column, Geek Peek, in which we profile interesting people using not-your-run-of-the-mill questions. You'll see what I mean soon enough.

Anyway, Dan and his twin brother Dean are the designers behind DSquared, and were asked to judge and host the programme, which falls into the fashion reality competition category. Successful individuals from all walks of life are invited to compete to launch their own fashion line, transitioning from fields such as dance, music, journalism, architecture... generally creative-type pursuits, which makes sense because you don't really want to watch a gang of lawyers put together garments.

It seems at least one Caten has a good head on his catty shoulders (you wouldn't want them any other way, now would you? It's good TV). As he explained, 'Just because somebody thinks they can make a pretty dress, doesn't make them a designer. What we're trying to do is build and create a designer, it's for the people outside watching the show. So they know, "If I want to be a designer, I need to know this, this and this. Just because I can get behind a sewing machine and whip up a little outfit for Saturday night, that doesn't make me a designer, that makes me a seamstress.' If anything comes out of this show, it's what it really takes. It's about personal style, being consistent and trying to build a brand."

Read on for Dan's favourite iPhone apps, what he likes to sing in the shower and which celeb he'd most like to be!

HKFG: What's on your lust list right now?
DC: Free time, travel and great food.

HKFG: What do you sing in the shower?
DC: Gaga... I gotta say Gaga. Or Beyonce.

HKFG: What do you pig out on when you get stressed?
DC: Chocolate or ice cream, the two worst things you can eat. Italian ice cream!

HKFG: What is next season's must-have fashion item?
DC: Next season is all about colour. Doesn't matter what it is, it has to be colour.

HKFG: If a genie popped out of a lamp and gave you three wishes, what would you ask for?
DC: Health, you can't be rich and not have your health, so the first would be health. I wish I could've met James Dean. And I wish -- this is a hard one. I wish the world just got along.

HKFG: Which celebrity would you most like to trade places with?
DC: I don't think I would want to trade places with anybody, but I wouldn't mind to trade places with Angelina Jolie for a day!

HKFG: What would you do if you weren't a fashion designer?
DC: Probably work in the music industry or theatre or something, I love doing shows. Something in production, or I would love to do a music video, something creative.

HKFG: Name your favourite iPhone apps.
DC: I love Shazam, and I love the camera apps, the extra-exposed ones with triple exposure and stuff?

HKFG: What's the one fashion item you can't live without?
DC: My brother!

Images: Lady Gaga, myrecipes, unbounce, movie star style, Marcolin

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