7 Fashion Designers with a Feline Fixation
There are fashion designers who make clothing for cats, and then there are are fashion designers who make clothing for humans with the feline fashionista in mind. Animal-print clothing and accessories are super hot at the moment, and these 7 high-profile designers aren't afraid to express their feline affinity through innovative creations designed to make the public purr.
1. Jason Wu
Wu singlehandedly brought cat fashion to the masses this winter with a limited-edition clothing line for Target that featured a black cat named Milu. The illustrated kitty appeared on a T-shirt, tote bag, and scarf, which sold out of stores instantaneously and set in motion a new demand for cat-inspired clothing. Wu reportedly drew inspiration for the collection from his calico kitties Peachy and Jinxes. He told People: "Cats are so elegant and embody the spirit of the collection. My cats are really sassy and sophisticated, but most importantly, they are picky."
2. Lulu Guinness
The British accessories designer is best known for her iconic handbags and accessories that are inspired by surrealism and vintage glamour. Part of her signature look includes Kooky Cat, who has won its way into the heart of many a feline fashionista. Kooky Cat has been an integral part of Guinness' collections in recent years, with the black cat appearing on handbags, umbrellas, and her latest line of limited edition T-shirts for UNIQLO.
3. Victoria Beckham
When the former Spice Girl turned fashion icon launched her latest "Victoria" collection, she turned to whimsical cat patterns and goth girl Emily the Strange for inspiration. The line, which she says expresses her "girlish" side, features boxy cat-print dresses and stacked cat heels, and debuted at London's famed Harrods department store, artfully displayed on bejeweled cat mannequins. Another source of the posh Brit's inspiration? Her hunky hubby's refusal to let her have a kitty of her own. She told The Guardian: "I want a cat but David won't let me have one -- he doesn't want them bringing mice in the house. He's a dog person."
4. Tsumori Chisato
The Japanese designer, whose aesthetic has been described as having a healthy dose of bohemian/manga cuteness, is such a cat lover that last year she launched an entire collection devoted to her favorite four-legged creatures. Chisato's foray into the feline fashion world prove to be so successful, that she has expanded the line to include T-shirts, hoodies, sneakers, headphones, and socks emblazoned with her signature cat silhouettes.
5. Charlotte Olympia
Luxury footwear designer Charlotte Olympia is inspired by vintage glamour and femininity, so it's not surprising that the cat is a recurring theme in her line of pricey paw covers. Olympia's line of cat shoes -- which range from velvet cat flats to towering pussycat platforms -- is super expensive and highly coveted. Her shoes have been spotted on the feet of some of the world's most famous and fashion-conscious celebs like Beyonce, Katy Perry, and Sarah Jessica Parker.
6. Paul & Joe
Noted ailurophile Sophie Albou incorporates kitties into Paul & Joe's chic line of clothing, but it's her line of catty cosmetics that really caught the attention of cat lovers everywhere. To celebrate the 10th anniversary of Paul and Joe Beaute this spring, Albou released a gorgeous collection of cat makeup inspired by the sex kittens of French cinema and "beloved, whimsical feline prints." The kitten collection included cat-shaped blush and lipstick, cat-covered compacts, and embossed eyeshadow sets that came packaged so sweetly, they were almost too cute to wear.
7. Marc Jacobs
The renowned NYC designer's diffusion line, Marc by Marc Jacobs, has always been interested in tackling the cattier side of style. A few years ago the collection went cat crazy with kitty-themed jewelry and handbags, while last year ushered in the era of "one cool cat lady," with a kitten clutching Miss Marc leaving her mark on children's clothing (for budding cat ladies) and iPhone cases.