We spend a lot of time on the Internet here at Fashionista, which usually means that we stumble across some crazy pictures, videos and other budding memes. Seeing as we're a site devoted to fashion news, there are few things we like more than viral content pertaining to fashion industry figures and events (cats, too).
We've rounded up 10 of the funniest, most relevant and wildly viral fashion-related memes for your enjoyment--from toothy grins on notoriously stern faces to trend-bashing and general mockery.
The Kaiser: so stern and stoic behind those dark sunglasses, with hands protected by fingerless gloves and jeweled brooch-speckled cravat, his snow-white hair pulled back into a ponytail with naught but a single strand out of place. But why so serious? Karl Lagerfeld Smile seeks to capture those rare moments when Uncle Karl lets his guard down, be it the subtlest of smirks or an ear-to-ear grin. Consider this site to be proof that the wizard behind Chanel’s most stunning confections does, in fact, have a soul.
Play Dr. Frankenstein with famed street style photographer Scott Schuman’s pitch-perfect pictures on this site, which cuts original Sartorialist images into three sections (head, torso and legs) and becomes the chicest game of slots we’ve ever seen, putting Anna Dello Russo’s head atop a construction worker’s torso that finishes off with Mary Kate Steinmiller’s mile-long gams. Providing hours of fun and even the occasional, unexpected inspirational ensemble.
When it comes to fashion, we don’t necessarily think that we have a superiority complex. But come on – there is a difference between Rick Owens and Gareth Pugh, even if they frequently both share grungy asymmetrical layers and dark color palates. Unknowledgeable Fashionista mocks the girl who thinks she has superior knowledge (but doesn’t) and is uncomfortably trendy. Go ahead, laugh at her. But don’t pretend you’ve never been in her position before (admit it: it was really hard to differentiate between all those Eastern European models when you first got into fashion).
We have definitely been unsettlingly inspired by the clothes lying around our parents’ closets as of late, which only reinforces our belief that Mom and Dad (especially Dad) started the hipster movement. Chukka boots, tiny jorts, thick-rimmed glasses, snapbacks, PBR and status-symbol facial hair are just a few run of the mill hipster trends that dad wore decades before that stoner kid in your history class did. Peep this site for killer inspiration (and some laughable get-ups, too) and submit pics of your own pop. He’s so hipster, he was a hipster before hipsters even existed. Talk about being exclusive…
We can always count on the brilliant minds at SNL to mock global trends in a manner that’s destined to go viral, and v-necks were certainly not saved from their satirical wrath. A v-neck tee and jeans is a go-to combo on lazy days and SNL took it to the extreme, mocking the ever-deepening V as a justification for men to show off their chest hair. The clip made the rounds on Facebook, Twitter and countless email chains because, let’s face it, we all have a friend who would never part with his (or her!) deep Vs. How low can you go?
The Catorialist proves to us that felines can be fabulous and that nothing, and we mean nothing, is more flattering than a well-loved fur coat and black shoes, uh, we mean paws. While we obviously have a thing for United Bamboo’s calendar of cats in clothing, The Catorialist has proven to us that going au naturel (or even "Comme des Chatons" minimalism) can be just as fierce.
Much like Karl Lagerfeld, Vogue EIC and sunglassed Ice Queen Anna Wintour rarely lets her guard down, but when she does, she does it in a big way. A picture of the editrix laughing with (or is it at?) jewelry designer Pamela Love spawned the “Amused Anna Wintour” meme, thanks to our friends at Refinery29. Juxtaposed with text mocking trends, fast fashion and fellow industry insiders, we’re starting to realize that Amused Anna is one sassy gurl.
Ah, hybrid clothing, such a controversial topic. After a number of schools banned jeggings (leggings that are printed to look like jeans or jeans with obscene amounts of stretch, for those out of the loop), College Humor made a video mocking both the ban and the clothing and, of course, took it to the next level. The video went viral with good reason (we know you still giggle when you think about a nirt) and even spawned a sequel.
Choupette Lagerfeld, the most pampered pussycat in the world, made waves on the Internet this month after an article on her luxe life was published in WWD. We were lucky enough to score an interview with Choupette herself (the diva could hardly make time for us between naps and spa treatments!) and were astonished by her humanesque ability to swipe an iPad. Nothing guarantees meme success like kitten couture, and Choupette has got it in the (2.55) bag.
Jeanette Hayes's Proenza Schouler GIFs
New York-based artist and model Jeanette Hayes has made an impression on Proenza Schouler's social media gurus, as they never fail to retweet her goofy GIFs of PS bags and accessories. They're trance-inducing and genuinely hilarious. The best part? You never know what Ms. Hayes will churn out next. Keep 'em coming!