about K

"What truly separates us from the animal kingdom is fashion sense." – Kx 

<< In life or in fashion, all I ever wanted is to be amazing — but I can’t say that, isn't?

All I can do is to work the hardest and let them talk.>>

Kay Altamira is a London based mexiCAN-do-it-all all-around Fashion Creative, that is always on the go, tapping fashion with the power of her Oyster Card. 

After graduating top of her class in Advertising Design at Universidad Autónoma de Guadalajara in Mexico, Kay did an internship as an Illustrator for Robles & Collins. Won a design contest 'repentina' called: “Labels: Mexican Inspiration” and obtained 1st Place. Moreover she continued to further her studies in Buenos Aires Argentina at the Argentina Association of Advertising (AAP) in Art Direction where she founded the art group 'Los Hijos' (The Sons) and directed her own indie projects and films. 

Yet fashion always came to Kay in unexpected ways and at Kay's return to Mexico, her path in Fashion commences in 2012 when working as a PA throughout Fashion Week Mexico and Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week for Samuel Girón and Mexican Top Fashion Brand Pineda Covalin in the course of 2 years and 4 collections.

She started to trigger her career as an International Fashion Stylist at The London College of Style, where she graduated with Distinction. As a result, Kay obtained a work placement opportunity with LOVE MAGAZINE, assisting Katie Grand, Steve Morriss, Luella Bartley and Oliver Volquardsen on several projects including top fashion covers in NY with exclusive international AAA talent such as Beth Ditto, Milla Jovovich, Kendal Jenner, Gigi Hadid with highly recognised industry recognised photographers such as Tim Walker, Rankin, Drew Jarrett, Alasdair McLellan, Mikael Jansson, etc; And throughout AW18 Miu Miu 3-day Campaign with models Adwoa and Kesewa Aboah, where Kay was mainly responsible of coding in Italian every single item shot.  

Beyond her creative power, Kay has an extraordinary organisational skillset and stamina. She was responsible for casting, styling, customising accessories, coordinating and even design the show's set on DB BERDAN LFW AW19 unapologetically genderless non-binary catwalk in collaboration with Puma Turkey. Kay brought to the collection an urban punk-fetish, daring, gender-bending take where each model showcased a unique look. Thereafter the successful show, The LGTBQ brand was pointed out as one of the twelve brands to watch by Forbes, the highlights of the season by Noctis Magazine, and even made it to the Gaystar News and Metro UK in regards of male trans model, activist and artist Kenny Ethan Jones walk. The line-up had also had the presence of the incredibly talented South African rapper Dope Saint Jude and beloved Drag Dj and Performer Smiley Vyrus. Her past work with the brand was widely recognised as well during LFW SS19 as one of the favourite shows according to GUAP. Kay Altamira was responsible again of the styling, cast and the overall coordination the highly trendy and hyper-urban brand DB BERDAN in a stunning collaboration with Reebok. On this occasion, Kay was able to bring to the table her signature individual style with a dash of surrealism, just as described by The Glass Pineapple. 

Kay's heart and passion for work is set right. It is impressive how in just a season before doing her own shows in the fashion capital, Kay Altamira used to be another hardworking immigrant from a minority group. However with her humble charm, dedication, and unique spice, she started to promptly gain substantial connexions within the London fashion industry when the exclusive opportunity to work side by side with Fyodor Golan+MTV AW18 Runway Show as a Head Dresser came. There she took styling notes from Fyodor himself and led a team of 20+ dressers. As well, during London Fashion Week SS18 and London Fashion Week Men’s with Designers: 

Kay's PA background made her a strong and skilled assistant to established fashion talent. She had the invaluable experience to work as First Assistant to Joanna Hir on the X FACTOR Final for Little Mix and on the PWR Tour and Tour Japan, as well on Cell Broco+Tom Zanetti’s Music Video and in the latest DRAKE Music Video: NICE FOR WHAT with twin superstars Victoria and Elizabeth Lejonhjärta.

Moreover, she has collaborated as a Stylist and Art Director on editorials shot by:

for Magazines such as:

  • FGUK
  • ATLAS 
  • HUF
  • artPLAY
  • LYUN

Kay also worked as a blogger and media photographer for LCS. Covering a wide range of blogposts involving:

Altamira has a bespoke, gender-fluid and multicultural approach to styling, rooted in her crafting capabilities, which include sewing, painting, polaroid and B&W film developing, graphic design... Kay is able to do it all, she is not afraid to get her hands dirty, drag her own bags and chop wood. She has Lebanese, Luxembourgeoise, Spanish and Mexican blood running through her veins, wit and quirky fashion choices and as an Art Director, Kay Altamira takes inspiration from her outrageous experiences around the world and the peculiarity of her heritage.  ◾️ 

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