Kati Stern, the designer behind the brand Venexiana, was born in Europe. She was raised and educated both in Europe and New York. The strong mix of culture and sensibilities makes her unique on both continents.

Stern studied fashion, architecture, and music. A music prodigy from age 4 and a winner of various prestigious awards as a fashion student, Stern followed her career as an architectural/interior designer. She became a sought-after designer in Europe and the States. Working with divers materials, textures and colors and with structures aof all dimensions has inspired her on every level. Buying and restoring her second home in an important Venetian Palazzo changed her life. Hence, Venexiana LDT, a New York/Venice based fashion company.

Kati had her first fashion show in New York for the spring/summer 2004 season. Her subsequent 7th on Sixth and off-site shows have garnered tremendous attention from the international fashion industry.

Stern’s designs mix diverse elements with original and unusual effects. She couples leather with lace and metal and fur with ease. She is impeccable with her attention to quality and detail. Her clothes run the gamut from classic to rocked-out, but always refined and elegant. In her Fall 2006 Collection Kati Stern alludes to memories on winters in the Italian Alps. The feeling of clean crisp air after the snowfall, the soft crunch of snow underfoot and sun piercing the bright blue alpine collection. A rhapsody of baroque opera and rock’r roll the collection received a standing ovation at Stern’s final bows.

The savvy fashion community is closely monitoring Stern. She has been included in a new book to be released in june 2006 – The Definitive New York; she has been featured twice on TVs.

The Look

The highly structured, rock-music-influenced designs are edgy and adventurous: courtesan-style corsets, leather, fur, marabou, laser-cut chiffon and lace, winged leather pants, and textured hose are signatures.

Who Wears It

Masha Rudenko, Gina Tognoni, Vivica A. Fox

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