Jan 17

Street Style Huntress: No Dress Code

by Aldona Barutowicz · 0 comments

She had me at the leopard print coat! If there’s one thing (and trust me, there are many) that Katherine Nicole Holm can do, it’s winter style and make it look flawlessly easy. As Calgarians, we know that often we are faced with frigid temperatures that make looking amazing that much more difficult. So I say, take a note from Holm and get an incredible statement coat and call it a winter’s day!

Ok, enough of my winter coat rant. I want to further this by saying that I really enjoy getting to know my street style subjects beyond their obvious personal style, and Holm was no exception. As a local theatre advocate and participant, she has some amazing projects in the works (and I’m sure in her future as well), starting with a show at the High Performance Rodeo. Below she shares more about her projects and passions, so make sure you keep reading!

Naturally, we photographed in front of and at the historic Theatre Junction GRAND, just one of the many Calgary arts venues where personal style and no dress code is highly encouraged.

How would you describe your personal style? 

Classic. I am notorious for wearing all-black on a daily basis. 

What are some of your influences when it comes to fashion? 

Film. Especially Alfred Hitchcock. Locally: Denise Clarke (of One Yellow Rabbit), who is always dressed to the nines. And she makes her own clothes!


What are some of your favourite stores and shopping destinations in Downtown Calgary? 

Simons—it is a mini fashion mecca in the heart of Downtown. John Fluevog Shoes—for all the obvious reasons.

 What are some of your favourite Downtown YYC spots? 

The Oak Room at the Palliser, for the cocktails and the atmosphere. They do a great Negroni. My work in theatre frequently brings me to the Arts Commons and other Downtown performance venues. And I always enjoy walking the pathways along the Bow River—weather permitting.


What are some of your favourite trends right now? 

Despite being in the dark about current trends, I love hats—of all kinds and in all seasons. I wholeheartedly believe there is a hat for every outfit.

What fashion advice would you give to others? 

There are no rules.


Tell us more about the projects and work that you’re involved with. 

I am a local actor and playwright. I am performing at this year’s 32nd Annual High Performance Rodeo in a show called Trophy, created by Sarah Conn and Allison O’Connor of STO Union. The show runs January 17-19 and features a cast of Calgarians telling true stories of transformation.

I also work in the non-profit sector with Springboard Performance. Currently, I am the Production Assistant for Fluid Festival, which is an annual contemporary performance and dance festival in Calgary.

This past year, I have been working with a local independent film company called Prairie Kitten Productions. Our mandate is to produce films written and directed by Albertan women. We made three films over the summer and are in the process of applying to film festivals. The support we have received so far from the film community in Calgary is extremely encouraging.

Lastly, I am completing my Master of Fine Arts degree in Drama. My thesis project looks at artistic responses to Calgary’s urban landscape through a series of interviews with Calgary-based theatre artists. I hope this project serves as a small reminder of how much the theatre scene in Calgary has to offer.


What are some of your future aspirations?  

To write and publish a full-length play, that will hopefully be produced, sometime in the near future.

How does your work influence your personal style? 

Working in theatre, I am surrounded by individuals who are committed to fearless creative expression. It is an atmosphere that rewards bold sartorial choices, which is to say that there is (usually) no dress code.

 Anything you’d like to add or tell us about? 

Upcoming: I am performing in a show called The Cows, which will be at Theatre Junction GRAND March 8-11, 2018

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