Designer Interview: KATE SCHELTER

It’s a thrill today to chat with stylist, creative director, and owner of Kate Schelter LLC k a t e   s c h e l t e r.

photo by Natalie Joos – Tales of Endearment (thanks, Natalie!)

Kate’s agency works with

Zac Posen, Vakko, Saks Fifth Avenue,

Hollywould, House of Lavande, Lucy Sykes,

ClosetCouture.net, The Palms Casino, American

Express, and Universal Pictures.

photo by Natalie Joos

(omg i love this very intimate peek!)

Kate in her Gramercy Park apartment.

In addition to publishing work in

The New York Times, V Magazine, Vanity Fair,

Oprah, and W, Kate writes a style blog for

The Huffington Post and has reported for Vogue,

Style.com, The Style Network, and IMG.

source: Kate Schelter blog

Some time ago, I began following

Kate’s blog and fell in love with

her watercolors, effortless chic,
and engaging personality.

ooooh, especially partial to this one reminding
me of mom who loves her Chanel lipstick.

source: Kate Schelter blog

I asked Kate about creativity.

“It’s not a choice for me: I can’t imagine my life

without creativity. I am a creative person,

and I don’t understand any other way. Creating

and designing all day long is what I do.

From making the bed in the morning
to cooking dinner at night, to styling an ad
campaign or painting watercolors –

everything is a creative process about making things

beautiful, functional, comfortable, and real.”

As a creative soul, many of us can relate to feeling “wired”

to create and how very natural the process is to life everyday.

source: Vanity Fair

(Kate Schelter is wearing her YSL trench, and look who sneaked in the shot!)

Kate was looking awwwwwfully perfect in this

recent “Fashion’s Night In” spread, and I asked

what comes to mind when she hears

“beauty in imperfection.”

“Everything!

Nature. Design.

When something is too perfect it becomes static.

I have a saying that I use for styling a lot

“to jooge it up” which is my slang for:

if it’s too perfect, push something askew.

It will look better that way.”

Yes! Jooge-ing keeps things alive and interesting.

source: Lulu Frost

Kate’s thoughts about humor

intrigued me given my sneaky suspicion

she had a wild sense of humor…

see, I’ve seen dozens of photos

where she’s laughing with a gorgeous

big ol’ smile, surrounded by fun happy people.

“I’m obsessed with SNL, and I took improv comedy classes

for years just for fun. Humor plays a huge part in

my everyday life in that I love to laugh and crack

jokes with friends and family.

The fashion industry can take itself quite seriously

(Zoolander?), and I find that to be a bit more

laid back is a refreshing approach and helps me

ease into my work.”

Knew it!

(A) thinkin’ Kate should host SNL.

(B) would love to hear the fun inside scoop

from some of those serious fashion events.

maybe not everybody there rolls like Kate…yes?

a campaign Schelter styled for VAKKO

What inspires the uber successful,

vintage loving future SNL host?

The short list goes like this:

1.

Prada stripes.

2.

Vintage Ungaro.

and

3.

Most importantly,

my fiance.

Photo by Natalie Joos

(Kate at home with her precious “Bear.”)

One of the most important missions of this blog

(and my life!) is to find lovely and sacredness

in the “everyday,” and this is Kate’s take.

“There’s a famous design saying (from LeCorbusier – I think?)

that “God is in the details,” and I think it’s so true.

The way things are customized and personalized, down to

the biggest decisions for the smallest items,

is what makes them authentic and true to their core –

and desirable.”

Hearing her say this somehow helps me feel better about

taking the time to paint my ugly yellow kitchen broom white.

True!

House of Lavande – one of Kate’s clients

(with the most beautiful site (designed by Kate) on the web. seriously.)

Truly she is leading an inspired life.

Kate will be married this summer and is

busy with wedding plans, so it was extra extra

cool she took time for us!

Best to you and your groom, lovely Kate.

Thanks for reading, friends.

p.s.

Kate has her dream job…what would yours be?

Peace to you right where you are.

michele

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14 Comments

  1. April 8, 2011 / 2:57 pm

    Wow! Michele! What a fun interview! I never read an interview that I felt I was "in the room", just listening the two of you "talking", you know? It felt real and personal.

    I'm impressed by you and by this very talented woman as well.

    Great job!

    Have a very blessed weekend!

    xo

    Luciane at HomeBunch.com

  2. April 8, 2011 / 4:30 pm

    Wow, found your blog, stayed a while, fell in LOVE!
    Great blog you have.
    I`m your latest follower, please come and visit my blog, stay a little and maybe follow me back;)

    http://pudel-design.blogspot.com/

    Lovely greetings from Germany…

  3. April 8, 2011 / 5:26 pm

    Kate is delightful! And so are you! How cute that you painted your broom, you are adorable! 🙂

    I love reading these inspiring interviews, they get me so geared up to get creative and productive!!

    I get such a positive creative vibe here, my lovely! You are really my role model 🙂

    Have a fabulous weekend, pretty lady, I hope you're getting warm sunshine like we are here.

    Meera xx

  4. April 8, 2011 / 6:55 pm

    Hi gorgeous girlie-wirlie,

    Love this interview!! Your writing just brings everything alive, you know. I just popped over to your other blog. Very sad that I can't leave comments!!!

    I loved your review of the autism-related book.
    It looks really thought-provoking.

    Have a fab weekend,
    Sarahx

  5. April 8, 2011 / 10:43 pm

    Hi, lovely post, really looking forward to checking out the other blogs you mention here!
    Have a lovely weekend
    Laura xx

  6. April 10, 2011 / 4:15 pm

    Fabulously inspiring my darlin – I love your interview style, it's very personal and you come away feeling like you know this amazingly creative and inspirational person that much better… x

  7. April 10, 2011 / 10:42 pm

    Hi my friend,

    I meant to visit on Friday – but I got distracted. This will be my only blog comment this weekend!

    What a great post, Michele!

    And Kate – ueber talented is right! I want to live in her head, if just for a few hours. She is so inspirational.

    I wonder what her wedding will be like, Unique, chic, fun and relaxed is my guess.

    Happy Sunday to you.

    ox, Mon

  8. April 11, 2011 / 12:23 am

    i'm your newest follower & am already in LOVE – this post is great, just soo inspirational.

    as for my dream job… even though i have a pretty cool job in fashion right now, my actual dream job is as a college chaplain (i'm kind of all over the place, i know!). i just want to live life a little first before helping others out on their own journeys 🙂

    ~kait

  9. April 11, 2011 / 12:53 am

    thanks for all this encouragement, you gorgeous peeps you!

    i didn't know interviews would be so much fun! anybody remember when HOUSE BEAUTIFUL switched to an interview format with designers? such a smooth move.

    oooh i can't wait to hear/see what kate has up her sleeve for their nuptials, Mon! (i don't like this word nuptials. yuck.)

    michele

  10. April 11, 2011 / 11:34 am

    This was such a nice interview to read.She seems so grounded and genuinely talented.I loved how she quoted LeCorbusier because I totally agree.You have such a nice blog and I would love it if you liked to follow each other.Let me know:)
    Dora

    http://adropofindigo.blogspot.com/

  11. April 13, 2011 / 5:31 am

    Love your blog.
    x Marnie {3pickles}

  12. April 13, 2011 / 9:01 pm

    Hi,
    Just popping over from Sarah's Good Life Wednesday. It is lovely to meet you.

    Fondly,
    Glenda

    Gg – Notes on the Journey
    Good Life Wednesday #46

  13. April 14, 2011 / 3:29 am

    thanks for sharing
    great interview with thoughtful questions

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