December 19, 2011 09:30 PM

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When Kat Von D decided to design a fashion line, she knew people would have their preconceived notions. “It was easy to predict that most people would be pleasantly surprised by the sophistication of the line,” she tells PEOPLE. “By no means am I rebelling from my ‘tattoo roots,’ but I am showing the world what truly inspires me.”

Despite recent disappointments in the love department, the former L.A. Ink star says she is drawn to the topic. “The inspiration [for the line] varies from elements of nature to architecture, to love letters, and all things from time passed, with a modern romantic approach.”

The resulting collection, KvD Los Angeles, is comprised of wearable items including comfy harem pants, fringed tanks and structured outerwear. “I’ve become most attached to the highly tailored pieces, especially the coats,” she says, singling out the military-inspired “Napoleon” as her favorite.

“To me, I think it’s important when creating anything for the public, that it is something that all walks of life can feel connected to,” she explains. “If you stick to your guns and create from a genuine place, there is a way to find a balance between the ‘extreme’ and the ‘safe.'”

For further proof, check out the sultry pic below of the star wearing the gilded” Medusa” dress from the forthcoming spring 2012 collection.

Courtesy Patrick Hoelck

Justine Harman


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