Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Name: Katie Reese
Time in Lawrence: About nine years.
Occupation: Screen printer at Blue Collar Press and entrepreneur/owner of Kitty Reese
What were you doing when scouted: Selling clothes at Wildman Vintage.
How would you describe your style: Country lolita with a little bit of Neil Young.
Where do you get your hair cut: Andiy at Static cuts it.
Favorite fashion trends: I’m definitely into high waistedness, and I love suntanned dance tights, stocking, socks and hosiery in general. I like puffy sleeved polo shirts, unicorns and owls. On guys, I’m into beards, and I like overalls with no shirt underneath on the right person.
Least favorite fashion trends: Sweatpants and pajamas worn outside of the home. I really want to see younger women try to be more feminine. Overall though, I’m not a hater.
What would you like to see more of in Lawrence: I’d like to see more cyclists following traffic laws, for everyone’s safety. I’d also like to see more scooters, because I just got one, and more dogs in sidecars. Also, more people supporting the downtown businesses.
What would you like to see less of in Lawrence: Lawrence is pretty great how it is.
Why did you decide to become a fashion designer?: I was tired of the gallery scene and I wanted to make art that was accessible for everyone. I wanted to make art that was functional, so I started making T-shirts, and it just expanded after that.
Who are your fashion influences: I’m really influenced by 1970s kitsch, anime, Sailor Moon, Blythe dolls and big 1970s country hair. Right now, I really think that Bat for Lashes has great style.
People say I look like: I used to get Claire Danes when I was a teenager, and Nicole Kidman in Practical Magic when I had red hair. Someone once told me my style was like Megan’s from the “My Little Pony” cartoons, which was awesome.
Tell us a secret: My grandpa used to raise persian cats. I loved them passionately and I would go to their room and sing to them all the time.
PRICE OF CLOTHING:
shoes: Purchased from Alloy, one month ago for $25.
skirt: Purchased from Rockstar & Rogers, one year ago for $6.
belt: Goodwill in Topeka, purchased two months ago for $3.
bodysuit: Kitty Reese design, purchased at Wildman Vintage, one year ago for $22.
necklace: The seashell is from the Antique Mall, and I got it four years ago for $4. The unicorn was a present from my friend Jeannie, and I’ve had it for two weeks.
tank top: Purchased at Kohl’s, two years ago for $6.
tattoo: It was done at Crazy Cats in North KC, three years ago.