Who says fash­ion’s gone to the dogs?

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - TICKET STUBS - EMILY LONG­WORTH

With so many of this sea­son’s fash­ions be­ing heav­ily catin­spired, you’d be for­given for think­ing that they were de­signed by fe­lines them­selves.

You’d also be cor­rect, be­cause they were. De­signer Karl Lager­feld (above) has been prowl­ing around pro­mot­ing the re­lease of his kitty’s new cos­metic line for make-up brand Chu Umera. Lager­feld cat Choupette (French for “don’t ask me, I’m just a cat”) is the in­no­va­tor be­hind the world’s most re­dun­dant con­tri­bu­tion to fash­ion – su­per­fi­cially, a cross be­tween an­i­mal-tested cos­met­ics and bare-faced id­iocy, two stan­dards that to­day’s high-end la­bels would be nowhere with­out.

And Choupette’s not the only one claw­ing her way in to the in­dus­try. Katy Perry’s new Prism line for Claire’s Ac­cesso- ries may as well have been de­signed by the pop star’s al­ter-ego Kitty Purry.

Su­per­flu­ous cat ears and di­a­mond-stud­ded hair­balls pre­dom­i­nate – this is a col­lec­tion that could never have been con­ceived by a creature with op­pos­able thumbs. That can be the only ex­pla­na­tion for such an ex­plo­sive con­cen­tra­tion of cute­ness in just one bracelet.

Ivo Nikkolo, mean­while, is another top de­signer who’s been try­ing her paw at the furry trend. “The Cat col­lec­tion” is a promis­ing new look­book for ev­ery­one who’s ever dreamed of cap­tur­ing that tufty, di­shev­elled fe­line im­age. Fans of the col­lec­tion can choose from a myr­iad of styles, rang­ing from “Just in from the rain Cat” and “Just out of a fight Cat” to the clas­sic “Cat in heat”. Who says fash­ion’s gone to the dogs?

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