Inspiration: Choupette Lagerfeld
We’d had these amazing battery-operated, brain-wave-controlled Necomimi cat ears made by Japanese company Neurowear lying around our office for some time now (doesn’t everyone?), and NYFW seemed like the perfect time to take ‘em out for a test frolic. Naturally, I accessorized my new ears with a feline-friendly ensemble of leopard on leopard. Street style isn’t about subtlety, and after all, cats are everywhere in fashion lately–so it felt like a natural fit! And was it ever: The photogs at Lincoln Center were all over me like cats on catnip. Or whatever it is that cats go nuts over (milk? Docile mice? Clearly I’m not a cat owner).
It was like everyone had suddenly realized the dearth of cat-walkers (literally) on their own blogs. So I did what my muse Choupette Lagerfeld would do–I clawed at the air. I made a few meows. I channeled my inner Posh Spice and did that weird pointing-pose thing. Two people approached me for interviews, and a little girl wanted to pet my ears (which are supposed to wiggle around based on my thoughts and emotions). Ashley could hardly keep up with the sudden high demand for me. Me! Meee-ow.
Was the attention addicting? It’s hard to say. I was painfully aware of my ears moving independently of the rest of my body, and the fact that, well, I was dressed like a cat. Plus, the resulting photos were enough to make me invest in a pair of ultra strength Spanx–and hire Tyra Banks as a personal posing instructor.