The second installment of United Bamboo’s beloved cat calendar went up for sale last week. And last night, we feted the cattastic calendar at Creatures of Comfort (205 Mulberry St.), where framed prints of the cats done up in RTW United Bamboo frocks are being auctioned off to benefit Animal Haven and Kitty Kind (as if you needed another excuse to go to Creatures of Comfort).
Beyond raising funds to help the kitties, the best part about last night’s party was the chance to see the glorious calendar in full. On the flip side of every catetorial calendar page, there’s a kitty bio (including their pet peeves) and super cute anecdotes about them. Like how Oscar, Mr. February, is blind and has cheated death twice and does NOT like it when you blow on his whiskers! And that Egon lived in Istanbul for a while. And that TJ loves seaweed nori. Of course he does.
But we’re sure you want to know more. So we bring you, exclusively, the backstory behind the United Bamboo calender cats.
Last night Fashionista teamed up with United Bamboo, Julia Frakes, and Creatures of Comfort to host a fête celebrating United Bamboo’s 2011 Cat Calendar. (Which is of course, our favorite calendar. Sorry Pirelli girls!)
The party took place inside Creatures of Comfort’s spacious SoHo store, filled with more Margiela than I’ve ever seen outside the MMM store on Greenwich St. The real highlight of the party, though, was the framed portraits of United Bamboo’s calendar cats, which were being auctioned off to benefit Animal Haven and Kitty Kind. Unfortunately, no actual cats were at the party, but there were a lot of cool-cat downtown scenesters.
DJ Johnny Misheff spun tunes, Julia Frakes hopped by wearing her bunny ears, and the Fashionista team staffed the bar, meaning the party was so good we completely ran out of wine. So if you woke up this morning in a strange place clutching a cat photo…oops!
Last year, I bought a lovely and warm quilted parka from Uniqlo. And I only wore it once.
Why? Because it was ugly. Unless you’re someone like Sally Singer–who can pull off a floor length version with aplomb–or you’ve scored one of Norma Kamali‘s classic sleeping bag coats, quilted parkas are a bit hopeless. At least when it comes to looking “put together.”
Enter the military anorak. Guys have been wearing these pumped-up versions of your fall army jacket for seasons upon seasons, but this is the first year that I’ve found several warm styles for women.
I’m going with Relwen‘s version–it’s really, truly warm and won’t break the bank at $500. (Yves Salomon‘s version will, but it’s is an investment piece. As in, you’re investing in your health by keeping warm this winter!)
Click through for this season’s top anoraks.
Most of what we see in fashion, as whole, can be very serious. It’s full of unsmiling models, people wearing black, harsh editors and moody vibes. We understand and appreciate the serious side of fashion. However, as you may have noticed, we have a soft spot for cuteness. Most recently, Brad Koenig’s kid at Chanel warmed our hearts and inspired us to recall our favorite cute moments over the years.
In case you forgot, Thuy Pham and Miho Aoki, creators of $500 cat outfits, design cute clothes for people, too. Not that they want you to forget about their feline obsession–the gift bag included this discount card that looked like a cat driver’s license. However, this cat-free collection did a good job of reminding us to take them seriously again.
United Bamboo’s Spring 2011 collection was inspired by “shimmering green ocean, clean, pale sand, and puffy clouds in an endless blue sky.” The clothes were fit for a tropical vacation. The models walked through an airy two-room gallery space to upbeat west-African – sounding music provided by Brian DeGraw of Gang Gang Dance. It was kind of like Vampire Weekend meets “Under the Sea” from The Little Mermaid (yeah, my musical references are really sophisticated) and fit perfectly with the collection. The vibe was beachy, minimalist and ladylike.
There were definitely a few instances of seasonal trends we’re already starting to notice, including sheer (and not just on top – it seems that visible panties are on their way to becoming a thing), muted colors, and harnesses. There were also a few of these beautiful floral prints with birds and trees, in the form of silk drawstring pants and dresses. Similar works of art could be found at the bottom of an ombre-ish dress and matching long coat. The prints, which added a surprising pop to an otherwise fairly monotone collection, were done by French artist Pier Fichefeux.