Fashion and Cats: A Love Affair

From LOL Cats to Stuff on my Cat, it's easy to poke fun at our culture's obsession with felines. But fashion has its own special relationship with the fur balls. From United Bamboo's $500 cat outfits--for sale at Opening Ceremony, if you're interested--to more standard offerings, like leopard print, there are just too many cat-fashion parallels to even try denying this pet's influence on the industry. Are we all just crazy cat lovers? Here's proof of the sad (?) truth. Brace yourselves.
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From LOL Cats to Stuff on my Cat, it's easy to poke fun at our culture's obsession with felines. But fashion has its own special relationship with the fur balls. From United Bamboo's $500 cat outfits--for sale at Opening Ceremony, if you're interested--to more standard offerings, like leopard print, there are just too many cat-fashion parallels to even try denying this pet's influence on the industry. Are we all just crazy cat lovers? Here's proof of the sad (?) truth. Brace yourselves.
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From LOL Cats to Stuff on my Cat, it's easy to poke fun at our culture's obsession with felines. But fashion has its own special relationship with the fur balls. From United Bamboo's $500 cat outfits--

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Catwoman The notorious, whip-carrying, super villain--who first appeared in the Batman comic in 1940--set an early stage for cat-inspired fashions…not to mention many future Halloween costumes involving little more than spandex and cat ears.

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Leopard Print The most obvious way that felines have inspired fashion is the iconic leopard print, seen in varying color palettes from classic brown and black to snowy white and grey. Today, the “it” way to wear leopard print seems to be on your nails in eye-popping neons.

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Model Karen Elson poses as Grade Coddington in Vogue’s Age Issue, August 2008 In case you didn’t already know of Grace’s love for cats, Elson poses as her with furry friends all around. Grace even went on to appear on The Martha Stewart Show on January 11, 2010 to promote her book, Catwalk Cats.

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Hello Kitty Of course we couldn’t post this story without mentioning the world’s most famous cat. Sanrio, the owner of Hello Kitty, has partnered with many-a-fashion and beauty brand, including a huge collaboration with M.A.C cosmetics in February of 2009. More recently, we've enjoyed the Hello Kitty collab with Dr. Martens.

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United Bamboo’s Fall 2009 Cat Ready-to-Wear Collection We’re sure you remember this one--Japanese brand United Bamboo released a collection that featured cat-sized versions of Fall 2009 RTW pieces. They also debuted a 2010 calendar to accompany the collection.

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Miu Miu’s Now-Famous Spring 2010 Cat Print One of the more recent examples of cats and fashion colliding.

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Alexander Wang x Linda Farrow Sunglasses As seen on Wang’s Spring 2010 runway, these have been a hot item for months now.

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Vivienne Westwood's Stuffed Cat Runway Fiasco Did they ever figure out who was responsible for this?

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The Cat Burglar The New York City woman who held up a shoe store last month--for a total of $86--did it in style with a cat mask.

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Katy Perry’s Purr Launching this November, Perry’s new scent was inspired by Catwoman and will have a cat-shaped bottled.

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Siri Tollerod by Miles Aldridge for Vogue Italia (May 2008) Thank you, Fashion Gone Rogue.