Who is Natálie Dufková
Anyone who is interested in what is happening on the domestic fashion scene has probably come across Natalie Dufkova’s name.
She graduated in fashion design from Liběna Rochová, presented her collection as part of Mercedes Benz Prague Fashion Week, appeared on the pages of Harper’s Bazaar magazine, you could see her on the show Slavní on Seznam television, and she was recently interviewed by the prestigious magazine Forbes.
Why are we interviewing Natalia for the TIMME blog? If everything we’ve already written wasn’t enough for you, maybe we need to add more information about Natália – apart from working on her own models, she’s been taking up more and more of her time working for the TIMME brand. It is the combination of Natália and Timea that brings functional originality to TIMME. Few people have spent as much time in sportswear as Timea, after all, every bikini fitness competition is preceded by hard preparation and hours of hard work, so leggings become your second skin. From the beginning, Natalia’s task at TIMME was to transfer the brand’s founder’s ideas into real models and give them something extra.
You can judge for yourself how the union of these two women born in the same year with completely different life stories succeeded thanks to the new TIMME collections, which are already on sale, but mainly in preparation. I think you have a lot to look forward to.
We asked Natalia to share with us her perspective on the current world of fashion
How do you perceive the connection between sport and fashion? Isn’t it boring for someone who creates extravagant collections for fashion week?
I really enjoy sports fashion because it combines design with functionality. As I currently create mostly evening gowns and tailored items in my brand NANICHE, I probably wouldn’t even have access to the possibilities that come with sports fashion. What I especially enjoy about my job is that I can constantly learn and improve. And it is thanks to TIMME that I really gain a lot of experience, because we are constantly working with new processing technologies or production options.
Is sports fashion subject to the dictates of trends and how do you view fashion trends?
Certainly everything is subject to trends today. We at TIMME also follow all current fashion trends, especially sports ones, but it is also important for us to come up with our own innovations.
The word sustainability is often used in connection with fashion today, can sports fashion be sustainable? Isn’t it just a fashion trend again?
Almost everything gradually becomes a trend, and I think that in this case, anything that helps a little bit to make clothes more sustainable is a big positive. In the next production, we at TIMME place a lot of emphasis on this and we are very pleased that in recent months we have managed to find and establish cooperation with several manufacturers with whom it is possible to produce things that have more natural or recycled material.
Why did you start working with Timea?
Tímea has been an extremely inspiring person for me since the beginning. She has my admiration for how she manages her business, her family and still looks great! 🙂
As I am a really hardworking person myself, I need to surround myself with people who recharge me with the right energy, and Tímea is just such a person. TIMME strongly appeals to motivation and a positive approach to things, and this is exactly what characterizes Tímea herself.
Looking at your outfit, I dare say that your favorite color is black. Did I hit the mark?
Black is my favorite, but I also wear it for a reason. I’m constantly working with colors, I’m always trying something, and if I’m wearing black, nothing distracts me.
It’s May, we’re experiencing the first days of summer, and maybe it’s time to complement black with other colors. What is your tip, what would you recommend?
I am a big fan of “all black outfits”, but if you see any color on me, it will be in fitness clothes. From the TIMME colors, I currently love Lilac from the Seamless Skin collection and Navy Blue from the Seamless Bombshell collection.
Right now you are intensively working with Timea on the autumn collection, what can we look forward to?
Thanks to new production possibilities, the portfolio should be expanded by many products already this year. I’m really looking forward to the different types of leisure tracksuits, because we’ve been working on developing the best material, components and all possible other details for over a year now. I’m also really looking forward to the new Seamless models from the Ribbed, Skin and Bombshell collections, which we want to make even more sophisticated and make their design special.
Let’s come to you a little more – how will the life of a student who works under the star Liběna Rochová change when she comes to a brand where, unfortunately, creative work must be followed by sales results?
I don’t feel that my creativity and creation are limited in TIMME. Tímeo takes the final decision and responsibility for the correctly chosen pieces and colors for the portfolio.
As for the school, it’s great, but working on things that actually sell is a challenge for me. Fashion is a thing that is connected to a person, and thus we have to create things especially for our customers. That’s the only way it can work. 🙂
So can we look forward to the TIMME 2023 collection with your signature?
I believe so. I am currently processing the last documents for this year’s production, and right after that, together with Timea, we want to launch the spring 2023 collection.
You too can look forward to the new TIMME collection. At the end, we allowed ourselves to prepare a small sample of Natalya’s work.
You can read the urrent interview on the Forbes magazine website here.