blog4 to rome fashion week

all events are neutral – we give them the meaning they have for us

this is what I thought of when my power went out in my studio – good?bad? what will I choose to have this mean – and honestly I had a smile at first – thinking that it is an opportunity to walk my talk – by the third day (it was the weekend and I waited for an electrician to show that never did ) I felt like a rubber band so stretched to stay optimistic and in trust and for sure there was a moment or two of – what if it cannot be fixed! I did my best to stay out of victim mode and keep proactive with moving forward with my dream –  and finally it was fixed – one machine down, as the motor blew a short in the wiring – but so grateful and happy to be sewing again –  life happens – its how we are being as it is happening that creates the outcome

so grateful for the rich friendships in my life

this is what I felt and thought of after meeting my dearest pal Jim Olarte at our weekly dinner date…I needed his guidance as I  often do with creative – we have worked together for years, he helps not only with inspiration for shoots and collections, but also is hands on in most of my installations at the boutique, I so count on him for direction and this dinner was not exception – I had an idea of a few different groups – but I am too close to whats going on to be objective – he first of all helped narrow down 15 looks is 5 groups of 3 – sounds so simple but I hadn’t thought of it like that – he reminded me of the theater and dream of fashion -= the fantasy – the way the model will be moving down the runway and that I needed texture and fringe and movement – he is big on accessories and also inspired me to have every girl in a KS purse (you will have to wait and see how fabulous these are!) he also is big on shoes – insisting the models all wear the same style and color, hair and makeup – all the details I tend to overlook – I so wish he was coming and I am blessed to have this brilliantly talented friend in my life.

so here we are – a really productive week – after what  could have been a drastically dramatic  week – not sure if my non-reactivity had anything to do with it – I guess I will never know !

But – working so smoothly so seamlessly! and still managing getting pieces produced for the boutique not only now – but while I am gone =- as well as developing a lace fabric for my September show in New York, getting wholesale orders from my showroom in NYC -figuring if I should make a quick stop in Miami on my way back from Europe to see clients there for the Swim Show (a show I usually do but am doing Altaroma instead this year) Also, fitting in a quick trip to Ibiza to check on my collection there AND loving every minute of the June gloom in Laguna….so much to be grateful for, so much I still want to create and manifest …and that feeling of satisfaction for the day and the excitement of not being able to wait till I wake up in the morning to create more … its like christmas every day




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Katharine Story is a California fashion designer whose signature style, which evokes the bohemian elegance of her native Laguna Beach, has won worldwide acclaim. Favoring timeless, confident beauty over seasonal trends, the label balances bold, hand-dyed color with flowing, unstructured shapes that are ultimately defined by the wearer’s body. Over the years and by way of private showings at her boutiques in Los Angeles and Laguna Beach, Story has become a treasured favorite among celebrities and other glitterati. They embrace the label for its power to reflect their confidence, worldliness and exhilaration for life. The Katharine Story brand now appears in trunk shows across the US and in several of the world’s leading fashion boutiques. The label is also a yearly presence at Paris and New York fashion weeks and at the Miami Swim Show. Story’s ready-to-wear collection features lace, chiffon, velvet, sequins and brocades imagined into kaftans and other classically flowing garments. The effect is femininity and sex appeal made only the more exquisite by a sense of intuition and exotic wisdom. Her latest work, while hewing close to her roots, features leather fringe, accents of fur, and oversize, semiprecious stone and metal accessories – a luxurious blend of casbah and beach club, with a smoky hint of goth. Story was born in Laguna Beach to a family of artisans. She spent her 20s in London and worked at Harvey Nichols while selling her own designs at Camden Market. Ever since, travel has been the inspiration for Story’s distinctive work.

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