It’s a thrill today to chat with stylist, creative director, k a t e s c h e l t e r.
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.
Kate in her Gramercy Park apartment. (omg i love this very intimate peek below!)
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.
Some time ago, I began following Kate’s blog and fell in love with her watercolors, effortless chic, and engaging personality.
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.
Kate was looking awwwwwfully perfect in the recent “Fashion’s Night In” spread (above), 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.
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.”
(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?
What inspires the uber successful, vintage loving future SNL host?
The short list goes like this:
- Prada stripes.
2. Vintage Ungaro.
3. Most importantly, my fiance.
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 Kate say this somehow helps me feel better about taking the time today to paint my ugly yellow kitchen broom white.
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.
Kate has her dream job…what would yours be?
Peace to you right where you are.