Cats are having a moment, marking their territory under the style spotlight. And we can’t say we’re surprised. Given the number of self-avowed cat lovers in the fashion industry, it was bound to happen.
There’s Pumpkin, whose owner Grace Coddington doodled him for her capsule collection with Balenciaga. There’s Potato, who has become Lover’s unofficial mascot, with owners Nic Briand and Susien Chong blogging about his bossy ways and love for Vegemite. And Milu, the bow-tie wearing black cat dreamed up by Jason Wu, inspired by his own pets Peaches and Jinxy.
The most fashionable of fashionable felines, however, would have to be Choupette. The Burmese kitty, who recently starred in her own fashion film, turns her usually austere owner into a fuzzy, hopeless pile of warmth and kissy kisses whenever she’s in the room.
The relationship between cats and fashion is longstanding, even dating back Before Choupette. Elsa Schiaparelli popularized the cat-eye frame in the 1930s, while cat lovers lost their kitty litter when Miu Miu released satin clutches and platform sandals in Spring 2010. Designers continue to run with the theme. Think Charlotte Olympia’s slippers, Undercover by Jun Takahashi’s leather/fur bag, Victoria Beckham’s kooky motif, Twenty Seven Names’ fittingly-titled collection ‘Nine Lives’, and this crazy-cat-lady-inspired look by Miguel Adrover.
Cats have also featured in countless editorials of late. Lana Del Rey posed with a bushy-tailed pussycat in Vogue Italia, while Lily Donaldson cuddles up with a leopard cub on this Harper’s Bazaar cover, shot by Terry Richardson.
Lanvin ignored superstition, featuring Kristen McMenemy among a kindle of black cats in its Fall 2009 campaign. And earlier this year, Carine Roitfeld styled Freja Beha Erichson in whiskers for her first Chanel campaign.
There is something about a cat’s languid shape and slinkiness, mysterious feminine allure, and don’t-mess-with-me attitude which make them a fitting accompaniment to handbags, luxury jewellery and bare-chested models.
As well as blogging cat lovers (Hanneli Mustaparta seen here with the most purrr-fect Opening Ceremony cat sweater)
there are also fashion-loving cat bloggers. Meet Luna The Fashion Kitty, whose accessories drawer is larger than ours and who may or may not require the assistance of animal welfare. Chances are she’s a frequenter of The Catorialist, which is exactly what it sounds like, offering one of the best street style parodies we’ve ever seen. And speaking of extreme pet costuming, have a peak at United Bamboo’s 2013 calendar, featuring cats in parkas, plaids and trench-dresses – no sailor suits and Santa hats in sight.
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