Katewaterhouse.com: The Harbour Bridge, Bondi Icebergs club and the zoo were on Khloe Kardashian’s wish-list of places to visit during her recent Australian trip to launch Kardashian Kids, a children’s clothing line to be sold at BIG W. Kate Waterhouse chatted to the reality star about the design process, her fashion icons and how working with her sisters is both a gift and a curse.
What are you doing while you are in Australia?
I’m so excited to [be in] Australia. I haven’t been back in Australia almost a year. The last time I was going to go there I was supposed to climb the Harbour Bridge with my friend and there was an electrical storm so I couldn’t climb it. So I’m hoping I’ll get to do that this time around.
Where are your favourite places to go in Sydney?
My sister and I go every time to Icebergs [Restaurant] at Bondi Beach. I love it there. I just love the ambience and everything. And you can’t go to Australia without going to the zoo.
Tell me about the Kardashian Kids range.
My sisters and I, we always say that we’re a brand for our fans and we don’t believe in having luxurious clothing and not paying affordable prices. We’re big on functionality and just providing people great products with great quality. Our current collection is all about girls. My nieces are really into ballet right now so have some tutu-inspired items. There’s this great tutu which is a baby-pink skirt with gold polka dots all over it. We have some great playsuits that are easy, especially when it’s hot in Australia. Basically the collection is super cute, super girly and super easy [to wear]. The colours are very girly, lots of pinks and white. You can definitely see that the collection is inspired by [my nieces] North and P [Penelope]!
Are you really involved in the design process?
Yes, we are very hands on. The inspiration comes more from Kourtney and Kim because they [have kids] and they know what works – I don’t know the functionality side of things, like what’s easy on a baby or an infant. So they definitely help with that side of the process. But when it comes to the quality of the fabric, the design, the fitting process and all of that, I’m very much involved.
You and your sisters all have such different style aesthetics. Do your design concepts ever clash when creating your kids’ collection? [Yes] I think with the prints or the colours is where we differ the most. I want girls in girly clothes, that’s how I feel. But Kourtney and Kim, they like more muted colours. So we definitely differ on colours more than styles, which is interesting.
What would you say is the best part of your job and the worst? I think having the bond with my sisters is the best. I get paid to go to design meetings with Kourtney and Kim, my brother and my sisters. That’s awesome. It’s a gift and a curse … we might fight. When we spend too much time together, we get on each other’s nerves. But most families, they see their sisters or siblings during a holiday. With us, we are never apart. But I’d rather be with them. I’m obsessed with my family!
Who are some of your fashion icons?
I love old-school beauties. I’m a huge Marilyn Monroe fan. I love Raquel Welch, Sophia Loren. I also think that Victoria Beckham is beautiful. I love Beyonce. I have a wide range. I love a woman who dresses for their own body and doesn’t want to be following trends.
When you and your sisters started Kardashian Kollection, did you envisage it would be such a success?
Oh absolutely not. When we started [it] we had our DASH stores and we always said: « One day we would love to have a clothing line. » We didn’t envision that we’d be all over the world. We thought that we’d just be in our clothing [DASH] store. How it has taken off has been so overwhelming and to be so successful has just been a blessing. It’s really like our dreams are coming true and it’s almost like we pinch ourselves because it’s so unreal.
What do you believe is the secret to your success?
I think that [my sisters and I] definitely believe that two heads are better than one and three are better than two. We are not people that only want success for ourselves but we want to be surrounded by success because I think when you are surrounded by greatness you want to be even greater. We’re very big on listening to other people. I think learning to take advice, no matter how successful you are, is really important. I think we’re smart enough to take advice from people who are more successful than us and we’re never afraid to ask for help. I think that’s what makes a good businessperson.
Do you have plans to grow Kardashian Kollection even further?
I would love it to. I would love to take over the world one day. So I think you’re asking the wrong girl [laughs]! But I would love to. I definitely want to nourish all of what we have going on now and make sure that everything is to the best of their abilities. There are so many things I would love to do. I would love to launch Boys in Australia. But baby steps. You’ll have to crawl before you go walk.
What’s next for you?
We are in the middle of executive producing a show about our DASH store called Dash Dolls. I’m also in the process of writing a book. It’s about being strong in mind, body and soul and about just uplifting women and encouraging women to embrace their bodies and learn that we would need to be strong on our own instead of relying on other people to get us through our days.
Where do you see yourself in five years’ time?
I hope to be married and with kids or just one kid … I hope. But I really don’t know. I think also the beauty of life is like just being able to see so much could happen in a year. You have no idea. But that’s what makes life so fascinating.
Khloe and Kate had a « phone date » as Kate is overseas. Kardashian Kids’ spring 2015 range will be available exclusively at BIG W from August 6.