I met Katlean at a party for Gregory Specks’ birthday, held at the writer/collector’s sprawling, historic Central Park West abode full of magnificent taxidermy.
Ms. De Monchy instantly and positively struck me as an uptown girl—in Billy Joe’s best sense of word—and also as a television personality type. Turned out she was both and more. She lives in the picturesque Sutton Place by the East river and had worked in television…
Some individuals grab our attention merely by what they have on and not necessarily for their physical attributes or lack thereof. In Katlean’s case, it’s both. She has a kind of James Bond girl aura and visage—with that double agent edge and mystery to it, too. That’s what interested and intrigued me about her—you don’t quite know, exactly! In the age of Facebook and Twitter where the self is laid a touch too bare, where the personal is shrilly public, a Garbosque mystic is all the more encouraging.
Katlean de Monchy was born in Barcelona, Spain but grew up in South/Central America, namely, Mexico, Chile and Columbia. By the time she was five she could speak three languages—French, Spanish and English. She then moved to Paris and completed high school. From there she landed in New York and attended Barnard College at Columbia University, where she graduated. Thankfully, represented then by Wilhelmina Agency, she’d used fashion modeling to pay for her schooling. (Nice work)! After graduation she moved to Los Angeles, got married, and set up a sportswear company, with her mother-in-law, which didn’t turn out particularly well.
In the process of recovering from the sportswear disaster, she had an Eureka moment—AN ACCENT FREE VOICE! Her gift for an accentless voice made her a natural for television. She landed a position as a part time reporter on fashion for Reuters Television. Thereafter she joined CNBC and did on-air reports. Her on-air work expanded from fashion, lifestyle to technology—whereby she assists brands in delivering their messages by using her multilingual, multicultural facility and sensibility to shape their strategies.
Sartorially Ms. Katlean de Monchy employs clothes with a certain air of whimsy, verve, coquettishness, volutpé and classic aplomb, which read so wonderfully.
Katlean is happily married to David Post, an online game network executive. And the love of her life is the very adorable Emily Hart Post, their adopted daughter from Shanghai, China. The next ten days showcases Katlen de Monchy’s sartorial flare, whimsy and all that, say.
Iké Udé /June 18th
interviews/photographs: iké udé
SPECIAL GUEST INTERVIEW:
KATLEAN de MONCHY TALKS ABOUT HER 1st OUTFIT
KATLEAN de MONCHY
Producer of TV segments and events
New York, Paris
Favorite Fashion Designer:
It isn’t about a name, it’s about a style…there are many good ones to consider… Chanel, Lanvin, to name a few.
Favorite Shoe/Accessories Designer:
Favorite Stylish Film:
A Clockwork Orange, American Gigolo, Shaft, In The Mood, Breathless….
I don’t really hangout…like Sant Ambroeus, Southampton
Montauk Point, Paris Le Bon Marche, Colette, Les Puces de Clignancourt…daSilvano, Canyon Ranch Spa
Who is your style icon?
I don’t have one but I do of course admire Coco Chanel.
What item of clothing would you rather starve for?
I need to starve now so that I look good in all clothes!
What is your overall impression of how people dress in general?
I prefer to focus on those who are inspired and those who care about grooming and presenting a good image; after all it is about self-respect.
And what do you recommend that they do otherwise?
Have some self-respect, what you wear does matter as people do make a quick impression about who you are based on how you dress.
PICTURE: #1 IN TEN ACTS
SPECIAL GUEST INTERVIEW:
KALTEAN de MONCHY TALKS ABOUT HER 1st OUTFIT:
What items did you use to compose this particular outfit?
This is a dress that I wore on a Hispanic TV show called “A TAcon Quitao” for a “Quinceaneras” segment (sweet 15)…The minute I put it on the color made me happy and the fit of the dress made me feel young and sassy! I was brought up in South America so this shows my Latina side.
Dress – Mori Lee
Shoes – Prada
Bag – Judith Leiber.
How did you find the various items that you are wearing?
Madeline Garner, the designer at MoriLee sent it to me to wear on TV and I fell in love!
How did you arrive at the decision to compose such an outfit?
I was drawn to the color and to the over the top jewel encrusted bustier. It just radiated happiness and fun!!
The minute I put it on I felt exuberant…ah the power of a dress!
Where do you normally shop for clothes and accessories??
I look all the time…I love to shop in Paris it is my favorite place, but I’ve shopped in a flea market in Shanghai, in a market in Mexico, at a discounter in NYC and of course at Bergdorf and Barney and Saks.
How much role does money or the lack thereof play in one’s endeavor to dress very smart or beautifully?
Money helps but it does not buy style. Style is about editing and saying no a lot more than yes; knowing what looks good and what makes an impact.
What special recommendation would give somebody who admires your style but doesn’t know where or how to start?
Don’t try and copy me; lets work on you…what color makes you feel good, more energetic. Try to incorporate that in your clothes…lets start by putting together one great outfit that makes you feel confident.
Name six famous personages—past or present—who you would invite over for dinner/drinks because of their impeccable individualistic elegance?
As a result of your style, what is your impression of how you are generally perceived in public?
I think people like that I make an effort and that I show respect when I attend a business meeting or an event well put together
And how would rather the public perceive you?
It isn’t really that important as I don’t let the public decide on my self-image
Presently, what do you think accounts for the poor appearances in how people generally dress or don’t dress?
Laziness and sometimes lack of money however you can go to the Salvation Army and pick up nice things so that is not really a valid excuse
In retrospect have you ever worn something that you now find particularly regrettable?
Yes, I wore spandex pants when I was in my early twenties as I was rebelling against my chic 16th arrondissement neighborhood values.
In the end, do you dress to: (a.) please others, (b.) please yourself or (c.) hopefully be in agreement with everybody?
I dress to please myself and to be respectful of the function I am attending.