Natalie Kates

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Natalie says that style is her Prozac and that nuances speak volumes on an individual’s behalf. The distinction of her giant gold cuff with spikes and gems, a necklace with molded silver lips and hanging agate stones or a YSL three piece smoking suit also gives me the best kind of high – a visual one. Born in Vietnam to a native mother and Irish American soldier, Natalie’s family became part of “The U.S. Exodus” which found them in Small Town, TX at the age of three, in which Walmart was the “highlight.” Natalie says, “You were raised in Texas to believe the world is flat. You are either white, black or Mexican. If you are different, it doesn’t compute.” Being multi-dimensional is who Natalie is, whether in her high school-era hot pink hair and mohawk or Louboutin chiffon sandals in the same hue with sky blue polish.

She sought solace by escaping into MTV’s edgy ’80s heyday and the elite fashion world of CNN’s Elsa Klensch with the Claude Montanas and Jerry Halls of the world, where Natalie discovered that “the world was round.” In addition, Natalie recalls her mother being the spitting image of Cher and having the flair of Carrie Bradshaw before “Sex and the City,” wearing huge silk corsages from Woolworth’s. Hyper aware of her surroundings like a Timothy Leary “trip,” Natalie not only has the vision to covet a monkey fur as much as an H&M sheer sheath, but an ability to perceive pop culture before it catches on. Her drug is her eye, whether it’s curating emerging artists, finding the new face in male modeling for her agencies or hunting down the seminal piece of jewelry found in her travels. As Natalie says regarding style and visual curating, “You can reinvent, you can be anything or anyone.”

If you love Natalie, you may also like Ashley Wick, Drue Kataoka and Alexandria Hilfiger.

  • S.f. Perrius

    Uh, wow. Lovely and amazing.

  • Jordan Middendorf

    Diane von Furstenberg said once, “Be the woman you want to be.” I think of that quote all the time and it seems that Natalie embodies that. Wonderful post.

  • Michal Upchurch

    I love her style. I have “Jewelry-Envy” with all her precious finds from her trips.

  • Brandon Acton-Bond

    Style IS Prozac!

  • Irene Kim

    too good!

  • Dani Baum

    That gold dress!! Natalie, I’m coming over because I have to borrow that from you! And that necklace with the lips… One of the most interesting pieces I have ever seen… And the YSL tuxedo with the vest underneath and the story about Gia (I could go on and on!) I am officially in love with your closet… What I like most about your closet is how eclectic it is… You have something for everyone and you wear everything so elegantly…

  • Brandon Acton-Bond

    Finally got to watch the video. I’ll be perfectly honest, after reading her name and what she does i was a little intimidated but after watching that video interview Natalie really blew me away. What embodies a vacation memory better than jewelry? She really is the original Carrie Bradshaw and that isn’t an easy name to bestow. Superb spirit too. Thanks SLU for seeing through what could be intimidating into a very warm hearted person.

  • Ashley Paintsil

    She is so amazing! Looking at women like this always inspires me!

  • Alba Bici

    I really liked her style. I want to know does she has an own e-mail address or contact?!!!

  • Ramona Canino

    Natalie Kates believes that creativity is your currency. She lives and creates through this belief from her Faust Cuff, to her collection of art and the creation of her own piece which says, “Fuck me I’m Famous, Fuck you I’m Famous.”

  • Alison Jane

    Amazing style. The detail is impeccable. x

  • Joy Davis

    I love how patient and humble she is. Without knowing her occupations you wouldn’t know how amazing and quite well known she is. Her personality was the most inspiring in this video.

  • Marissa Kenneke

    By necessity, Natalie would shop at Wal Mart in Texas where she grew up and she and her mother would by fabrics and make patterns together and the result was new wave outfits which Natalie would wear to school. Never compromise the need to be creative and express yourself. I love this about Natalie.

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