There's an article in The London Times worshiping cats in fashion. Its author, the novelist Emma Forrest, deems cats as the most stylish animal, and claims that cat-like women are the sexiest women. Forrest uses Irina K.'s recent success as evidence of feline supremacy, "the 16-year-old Russian has a snub nose, shortened upper lip and upward-tilted eyes." But she fails to mention Jessica Stam or Kate Moss. We think they fit the cat-like profile more than Irina, and they've been around for much longer. She also says that agencies are done with alien like girls and want "cats" instead. But we think model trends are cyclical. Maybe cat-like girls this year, waifs next year ( isn't Irina K. just another waif, anyway?) And there are always a few girls who don't fit into any category and we usually like them best. General trends among models on the runway change as much as the clothes they wear. We think of cats as lazy more than as a "symbol of dark secrets and neurosis," as Forrest suggests. But the author has two cats, a cat print above her desk, and a cat tattoo on her shoulder. She's also fond of photographing herself stretching half-naked in cat poses. So maybe this is just a beasty case of loving the models that look like you? --BRITT ABOUTALEB
Gaga Wears Hello Kitty on Double Exposure
Lady Gaga has worn so many ridiculous and provocative outfits this year that they’re starting to seem commonplace and yawn-inducing. But think back to 2009, when she was just beginning to cement her stature “Most Likely To Wear Glasses Made of Lit Cigarettes.” Do you remember the dress she donned for Sanrio in celebration of Hello Kitty’s 35th anniversary? That dress, combined with the anime manga eye treatment, was nothing short of fabulous. And today you can watch the shoot on Bravo’s Double Exposure. Markus Klinko and Indrani photographed Gaga, who was styled by GK Reid.