In recent times, Pamela Katz has been hailed by many as "fashion's next big thing." A woman of many talents, she splits her time between DJing, modelling and working as a professional stylist. Known for her trademark long blonde hair, natural beauty and cool tomboy meets bohemian style, she's quickly rising through the ranks of the fashion world. We caught up with Pamela to talk fashion, music, wedding plans and the importance of self-expression.
You have said that DJing is your most recently learned skill and your favourite form of artistic expression at the moment. What is it about music that has captured your interest and inspired you so much?
I have always loved my music more than anything. I would make CD's for all of my friends growing up, find the most random music, and nonstop play it. Through vinyl’s, iPods, the radio... I thought where words fail, music speaks. Playing music for people and being able to express myself through beats & lyrics is the coolest thing in the world to me. The fact that my job is to make people dance and lift their spirits is so fulfilling to me!
Modelling, DJing, styling and having a personal/social life – how do you manage it all and do you have much time to yourself?
Finding a balance between work and maintaining my social/personal life has definitely been a challenge. It seems to be getting more and more busy. My job takes me places so I am on the go every few weeks traveling for work, and recently more than ever. I'm also planning my wedding that's less than 2 months away, so I've been trying to get in all of my important work as well as plan that. Sometimes I think, I miss my fiancé, I miss my friends, I miss my bulldog, but I somehow make it all work.
You’ve spoken about Rebecca Cohen (former Cosmopolitan girl–turned-LoveShackFancy designer) taking you in and being a mentor and inspiration to you, how did you meet her and can you tell us more about your relationship with each other?
Oh, my Rebecca Cohen. What can I say? It was about 3 and a half years ago when we were introduced through a mutual friend. My friend decided that when I moved back to New York from Colorado (where I studied) I would be a good 'fit' for Rebecca's new brand called LoveShackFancy. She hired me on the spot as her personal assistant and we worked together in her first office, which was out of an apartment uptown, second office, third, and our most recent one now. While assisting Rebecca, I wanted to explore other fashion jobs. She helped to get my other foot in the door to start assisting stylists on set that she worked closely with at Cosmopolitan Magazine. I decided to take on DJing on my own, and I still work hand in hand with Rebecca. Four years later, she calls me the "LoveShackFancy Muse". I do the social media for LSF with her, and I model for most of her lookbooks! We travel the world together, make magic, sell, discover the best inspo for LSF, and have a true sisterly bond. I feel SO lucky to have met this gem. A mentor, an inspiration, a free spirit, the best mommy, most classy and generous friend, a passionate hard worker, the list goes on.
You have such a diverse and fun sense of style, have you always used fashion as a form of self-expression? What does it mean to you?
I have always used fashion as a form of expression. Something about looking as cool as I feel has always raised my confidence. I was always known for my long blonde hair, my bohemian dresses, my combat boots, my leather jacket, and just the little statement items that were most true to myself.
Your DJing has such a groovy feel-good vibe about it. Do you try to live your life the same way?
I do definitely live my life that same groovy way. I call most of my playlists for my DJ gigs "feel good music", and of course I love to live my life that "feel good" way. I am an old soul. So the way I will play funky Marvin Gaye remixes or Fleetwood Mac mixes while I DJ is the same way I will remind people while I am on set (for modelling) of Peggy Lipton.
What artists should we be listening to at the moment?
I am a huge fan of Sofi Tukker. Niklas Ibach is also one of my favourites right now. The XX.
So you’re getting married! What are you most looking forward to?
I am looking so forward to watching my vision come to life. I have worked so hard to put my full attention and heart into this and to give it my all even if I am just learning along the way. It's been such an interesting and cool journey and I have learned more about myself (and my fiancé) than I could've imagined! Especially being detail oriented.
You have accomplished so much at such a young age, what are you most proud of?
Thank you! I am most proud of having expectations from myself but also being patient with myself. I know my worth, I know my standards, and I know what I won't settle for. I have always been this way as a person growing up, so it makes sense that it's how I work in business too. At the end of the day I have always been my biggest fan, and that helps.
You have been referred to as ‘the next big thing’ – where do you see yourself and your career heading in the next few years?
Around the world with the love of my life until we start a family. Unplanned plans!
Pamela wears pieces from Stevie May's Atelier 17' Collection - shop the Pamela Katz edit here.
Photography - Kiera Chevell.
Hair and Makeup - Di Dusting.
Styling - Gill Lawrence.