Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Interview with Katty™

Today's interview is with Katty™. She brings a very feminine approach to her styling and her sets are usually decorated with flowers, pearls and other dainty accessories. Browsing her sets feels like stepping into the countryside during spring. What's interesting is that Katty's style is actually much different in real-life! Take a moment to learn more about Katty....

Here are some of her sets:

Tell us about yourself.

Well, I'm Katty, I'm from England, and I recently turned fifteen. I am a ballet dancer and although I do love it, I'm not as crazy about ballet as I have been in past years... it's very demanding and takes up a good amount of my time. But I also like running and jogging and football (soccer). I'm generally an adventurous person - I love being outside. I love beaches, mountains, forests... so one day I do want to travel everywhere I can possibly get to. For now, though, I'm happy with going out with friends, watching movies, reading, and counting the days until school ends. I listen to a lot of music too - I like Coldplay, The Killers, and Lily Allen, and Beyonce. I like the song Fairytale by Alexander Rybak too, and as much as I hate to admit it, I constantly sing Hoedown Throwdown by Miley Cyrus.

Describe your sense of style/fashion.

My Polyvore sets are actually not like my real-life style at all. I don't think I even own anything pale and ruffley. I like bold, floral prints and big stripes and black tights. I'm kind of in between preppy and eclectic - I'll often just wear a colourful printed dress or top and throw on a cardigan and some cute ballet flats. I also love big necklaces - especially gold chains. One thing you'll never see me wear is sweatpants - at least not outside my house! I also avoid t-shirts and jeans - I like to stand out and not look too casual. I dress up almost every day, my friends think I'm ridiculous. I have these 4-inch heels that I often wear - they're black strappy sandals - and I'm already 5'10"! My friends think it's hilarious when I wear them. But sadly, none of them are the slightest bit interested in fashion! So I always stand out when I'm with them.

How did you discover Polyvore?

I think I was showing my little cousin how to use my laptop. She wanted to play dress up games on the internet, so I typed it in on Google and we found a website with a list of dress up games. Well, I thought "Polyvore" was a pretty funky name, so I clicked on it and I got hooked!

Tell us a little about what you use Polyvore for and why. What do you like about Polyvore?

Polyvore is my dream wardrobe! I love experimenting with new trends and styles that I don't usually wear - and the people on here have great ideas! I discovered the idea of wearing a high-waisted skirt with a belt, and it's become one of my favourite trends. I can also find some good music on here. I just love looking at all the beautiful photos too, and I have found some amazing websites like Net-A-Porter and Eruca. And I love the people here - they're all so creative and friendly!

Describe your set creation process. Where do you get inspiration for your sets? How do you pick a theme? How do you find your items?

I don't have a specific process - I never really have an idea in mind. I sort of just collect a bunch of items randomly from other sets and websites, then I just pick one that I like a lot and try to build around it. Sometimes it's a photo, sometimes it's a beautiful dress or skirt. The layout is really important to me - I want everything to look like it goes together. I'm a bit of a perfectionist. I want my layout to be just right and all the colours to go together, so it takes me forever sometimes to make a set. I go through phases - one week I'll be totally creative and I'll make a ton of great sets just like that. Then the next week I just have no ideas and I end up with about fifteen unfinished drafts! I'm always inspired by nature though, especially rose gardens and the seaside.

What are your 3 favorite sets of the ones you've made?

I like the fresh, sunny feel to this one.

I like the worn, rugged pieces I use here. It looks effortless, carefree, and I would just love to wear this.

This one is just so... romantic. I really love the skirt.

Got any requests for the Polyvore team?

I would love a rotating feature. And also, in the Shop section, I wish I could just add items to my closet right away instead of having to click on them and stuff. Otherwise, Polyvore is great!

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