Fashion Design

Custom Plus Size Fit and Flare Dress Posted on 24 Jan 14:29 , 912 comments

A custom plus size fit and flare dress was created for a plus size client. The dress was donated to a 501c3 nonprofit: Spring Lake Foundation, a charity that helps families and children in need.

A custom drape and pattern was created, then cut and sewn. The dress was fully lined with silk charmeuse and finished with hand stitching at the hem for a clean finished, comfortable lining.

To order your own custom dress, email: Please note custom dress orders start at a minimum of $400.00.

A Fairy Tale Wedding in a Kate Stoltz NYC Gown Posted on 20 Sep 10:55 , 31 comments

Hand Sewn Bias Strip Kate Stoltz NYC Gown I had the pleasure of attending a friend's wedding in New Jersey at an old mansion that looked like a castle. The gardens on the estate were the highlight of the place, featuring a beautiful lily pond with colorful koi swimming about. The wedding was beautiful, both because of the beautiful setting and the occasion that brought everyone there.

To meet the fairy tale theme of the wedding, I wore my favorite Kate Stoltz NYC gown. The gown has hundreds of bias strips hand sewn onto the bodice in an abstract design. The bias strips were applied in a painterly fashion, starting at the front of the bodice and branching out, eventually covering the entire bodice. 

kate stoltz nyc gown

The gown is available for purchase at . Contact Kate Stoltz with questions about the process.

Lily Pond with Koi Fish

Designing While Acknowledging Limited Closet Spaces and Environmental Concerns Posted on 18 Feb 14:09 , 39 comments

Living in New York City with limited closet space has taught me the importance of quality versus quantity, and purchasing clothing that I will actually wear and like. In addition, an increased awareness of the impact that changing fashion trends has on the earth has instilled a desire in me to decrease my own clothing waste. As a result, the clothing that does make it into my closet is there because it's a necessity, or because I have respect for the craftsmanship that went into making the garment.

 Decreasing the amount of clothing that I go through has changed the way I think while designing ready to wear clothing for Kate Stoltz NYC, or create custom Kate Stoltz pieces for clients. As a fashion designer living in Manhattan, I am in one of the world's fashion hubs. I do love keeping up with fashion trends. However, what I wear is much more personal than following the wide variety of trends that disappear before you can adequately wear out a high quality garment. My personal experiences with clothing greatly influences the choices I make while choosing textiles and producing clothing for clients that order custom pieces, along with the ready to wear collections on my website.

Kate Stoltz Dress I recently created a custom dress with a removable black lace collar, embellished with Swarovski crystals, for a client. The dress can be worn with or without the black lace collar. The removable collar can be worn with the dress it came with, or with any of her other pieces that are already in her closet. The collar edge was finished with a tiny baby hem. It was then attached to a carefully pleated satin ribbon, sculpted to fit the natural curve around the neck. I then attached the crystals by hand, finishing the collar with a crystal on each ribbon end. The collar itself can be purchased here: Kate Stoltz Black Lace Collar .



 Creating individual pieces for clients allows me to work with my hands, and allows me to control the quality and quantity that I produce. My goal is not to design and create large quantities of products, but rather, carefully crafted pieces that individual clients can enjoy.

XO, Kate Stoltz

removable black lace collar



Mermaid Skirt Must Have by Priscilla Andalia Posted on 19 Sep 09:44 , 155 comments

Mermaid Must-Have

kate stoltz mermaid skirt with gold zipper fall 2015 latest style

 On this lovely Friday evening, I am sporting this gorgeous mermaid skirt! The Fishtail Pencil Skirt, by Kate Stoltz is a stunning piece that is perfect for work or a sophisticated night out. Aside from the unique mermaid cut, the skirt is made with a thick black and burgundy patterned material that is truly eye-catching. Contrasting well with the burgundy, is the gold zipper that is featured in the back of the skirt. Meanwhile, the high-waist design lends itself to pairing well with simple tops that can easily be tucked in. All in all, this trendy skirt is must-have this fall season!

kate stoltz mermaid skirt with gold zipper fall 2015 latest style

kate stoltz nyc designer skirt

kate stoltz mermaid skirt with gold zipper fall 2015 latest style

kate stoltz mermaid skirt with gold zipper fall 2015 latest style

Outfit Details:
Skirt: Fishtail Pencil Skirt, by Kate Stoltz
Heels: Platform Heels, by Badgley Mischka
Sunglasses: Elektra Black, by Polette Eyewear
Top: Tank Top, by Banana Republic

Model/Photographer: Priscilla Andalia of Best Trends For Life