img_0473.jpg With full backstage access, I had the privilege of meeting with designer Kati Stern right before her show at Bryant Park.

As reporters (and bloggers) squeezed through the over-crowded hair and make up tent- not to mention carefully walking by burning hot combs and curling irons- Kati welcomed the anxious media folks with opened arms.

And in the middle of total craziness, she was quite serene and soft spoken. We didn't want to take much of her time so we got straight to the point and spoke with the Venexiana designer and this is what she had to say:

"My collection was inspired with pre-war Hollywood. I saw a movie that influenced me," says the very stylish European-born Stern. "The collection sort of states the sleekness of the Hollywood years of that era with a modern touch.

"I design for every woman- anybody, any age. Absolutely anyone who feels confident and wants to wear sexy but elegant clothes". Come the fall, Venexiana fans can shop for beautiful garments in chocolate, black and sapphire. And don't tell PETA, but phenomenal furs are to hit the streets of Venice and New York soon...

Kati Stern resides in both Manhattan and Venice, Italy. Check out Venexiana.us for updates on her fall 2007 collection, and more of her fall line below. *Mercedes Sanchez

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