Monday, June 14, 2010

Interview with katieci

Even if you don't have a plane ticket around the world, you can certainly travel it through katieci's profile! Her thematic sets caught our eye, highlighting everything from ethnic-inspired fashion to popular TV shows. Get a dose of culture by checking out some of her sets:

Tell us about yourself.

My name is Katie, I live in Pennsylvania at my college for most of the year. I'm 21 and I graduate in 2011. I am really interested in architecture, photojournalism, and screenwriting, but those are mostly dreams of mine that I will have to start to take more seriously. A lot of my sets are based on countries, which is because I am really interested in culture and travel, so whatever I do with my life I want to be able to go to different countries. Unfortunately, the most 'foreign' country I've ever been to is Canada, but I'm hoping to change that. I've played piano since I was 8 years old. I'm not that good but I'm keeping at it and hope by time I will become good by default.

How would you describe your sense of style/fashion?

I don't think I really have a sense of style in real life, most of the time I wear jeans and different tops. I like dressing up when I have a purpose though, such as going to an event...and I really like shoes. I like the 20s and 30s as style decades. I also like avant-garde designs as well, and though I couldn't pull them off and don't wear them, I've always really liked eccentric innovative things. Concerning the sense of style I express in my sets, I'm not really loyal to a certain designer.

What's hot in your 'hood?

Where I live, when I'm in either Pennsylvania or Michigan, young people usually wear clothes from stores like Hollister, wear skinny jeans, and shop at Forever 21. There's nothing really trendy out here in the Midwest at the moment, but maybe I'm not looking hard enough. It's a college town so we really like hoodies, but I think thats popular in all college campuses.

What's one thing you wish people would wear more of?

I wish people would wear... well I don't know that I would tell people to wear things because certain clothing looks better on certain people than on others. A weird thing I remember thinking at one time is that I wish that designers wouldn't make ugly clothes so all people would just look good without trying. I like how in the olden times men wore fedoras, suits etc and people actually dressed up for most things. I guess I wish we wouldn't dress so casual, although I'm guilty of dressing casual all the time.

How did you discover Polyvore?

I discovered Polyvore through my sister, who is also another member on here.

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

I use Polyvore because I like to put together outfits and style themes, it's fun for me. In a way this is a little expression of my personality and what I like. For instance, in my sets I include the type of music I enjoy and shows I watch. Basically I have fun finding images and putting outfits together.

If you could share one tip or trick with a new Polyvore member, what would it be?

The simpler your set is the better and more effective, although really, be as creative as you want. I do like cluttery sets because when I find pretty images I like to include them all, but a lot of the time it's distracting. Also, it's much easier to put sets together when you have a theme in mind.

Do you have a favorite fashion designer or style icon who has influenced you?

I really like Christian Louboutin, the late Alexander McQueen, Yves Saint Laurent and Givenchy. I also like Judith Leiber's crystal handbags (mostly because sparkly things attract my eyes) and BCBG (I actually have a black dress of theirs.) I like Italian fashion designers as well as Japanese fashion. I think as a style icon I would say Audrey Hepburn, or any number of 'old Hollywood' people, because as I mentioned before I like old fashioned design.

What online stores do you like to clip from?

I don't think I clip many items. Most of the time I will clip images, not so much clothes. I do like YesStyle, though.

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

Something about it just works. I don't know how I feel about Rodarte, but I really like the dress in this.

I used an old screen actress and I just like how simple it is.

I used a Russian/Chinese/military sort of theme and I don't think I mentioned it before, but for some reason I'm really fascinated with Russia.

What's your favorite set created by another Polyvore member? What do you love about it?

This is a really tough question, because there are a lot of sets I like on here. However, I choose this set:

I think ·•●devilgirl●•· has fantastic sets, which is probably why she is one of the more popular members on here. The cluster of items just works here in a way in which I've never been able to do when I've made my 'cluttery' sets. I also like how 'light' it looks with its pale colors.

We last interviewed mirrunĪ± ♥ last time and she wanted to ask if you'd rather own your own clothing brand or be a fashion designer?

I would rather own my own clothing brand. I consider myself a creative person and am fairly good at drawing, however I don't think I would have the ability to be that innovative. I always want to be hands on and make things instead of merely enjoying other people's work, but in this situation I think I would be better at owning a clothing brand and making some sort of creative choices on what I'm presented. But if I was better at creating designs I would definitely rather be a designer.

Got any feature requests for the Polyvore team?

Maybe there could be a money tally posted on the set page.

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