Modish Mog­gies

The Sun (Malaysia) - - FASHION -

WHILE be­ing dubbed a cat lady used to bear an air of de­nun­ci­a­tion nowa­days the term sug­gests that you’re a fully-fledged mem­ber of fash­ion’s new­est club. The rise of the fash­ion cat lady has been sim­mer­ing for a while but with de­sign­ers pre-au­tumn and au­tumn/win­ter col­lec­tions pay­ing homage to their furry friends, cats have be­come the es­sen­tial fash­ion ac­ces­sory for 2016.

There is no more fa­mous fe­line than Karl Lager­feld’s beloved Choupette who, with more than 86,000 In­sta­gram fol­low­ers, is front and cen­tre of the fash­ion world. With a col­lec­tion of cus­tom-made Louis Vuit­ton bags, a book and a makeup line with Shu Ue­mura un­der her belt, the pam­pered pet is the furry face of an emerging trend that doesn’t seem to be slow­ing down.

Since Miu Miu’s spring/sum­mer 2010 cat col­lec­tion and Char­lotte Olympia’s kitty slip­pers, the trend has gone be­yond com­mer­cial; these days it’s sim­ply a fe­line fact. If you don’t own a cat, or any cat strewn prints, are you even fash­ion­able? Right now, the in­dus­try says no. Stella McCart­ney’s pre- au­tumn col­lec­tion fea­tured an ar­ray of kitschy cat- por­trait garbs, from a wear­able wrap skirt to a hand-il­lus­trated silk dress; she even hired Perla the

For au­tumn/win­ter the trend con­tin­ues with the likes of Dolce & Gab­bana, Chanel, Loewe and Dries Van Noten herald­ing cats as their bona fide fash­ion muse. From emoji mo­tifs and Ben­gal print to leop­ard laden suits and cat bust jewellery, wear­ing your love for your fe­line friends on your sleeve is se­ri­ously en vogue. This is no pass­ing fad ei­ther, with plenty of Re­sort 2017 shows swap­ping out an­i­mal print in favour of cats, both big and small; think Gucci’s mul­ti­coloured sweat­shirts or Marc Ja­cobs’ laser cat tees. The rea­son­ing behind the in­dus­try’s fix­a­tion is du­bi­ous but I won­der if there is some­thing that lures fash­ion’s elite to cats? They’re in­her­ently street­wise, el­e­gant and wil­fully as­cen­dant; sound like any­one you know? – The In­de­pen­dent

Perla the Per­sian in the lime­light.

Loewe Au­tumn/Win­ter 2016.

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