5 Cat-Centric Fashion Finds Inspired by Designers
The cat fashion takeover has been going strong for a few seasons now, and no kitty represents it better than Choupette, the beloved feline of design icon Karl Lagerfeld. The German designer, who admitted to CNN that he would marry the pampered puss if he could, hasn't created a collection in her image just yet, but others are drawing inspiration from the regal pair on everything from clothing to collectibles.
If that weren't enough feline fashion crossover, artists and designers are also taking a cue from the fashion world at large and applying a dash of cat fancy to their creations. So wear that Choupette shirt, decorate your walls with Charlotte Olympia cat shoe prints, and be that girl at the BBQ in the Féline Meow shirt, representing for cat ladies all over the globe.
Although it was rumored that the color of her eyes once inspired an entire Chanel collection, Choupette's famous face hasn't turned up on any official Karl Lagerfeld fashions just yet. In the meantime, I'm happy to get by with this chic shirt, paying tribute to the most famous feline in the biz.
The slouchy Coco Cat pullover by Two String Jane features an adorable hand-stenciled design, inspired by the fluffy fashionista. I love to imagine myself wearing it while tending to the pampered puss, who has her own personal maids to cater to her every whim.
I'm completely crushing on L.A. based designer Brian Lichtenberg's playfully catcentric take on the famous Céline Paris logo, which has been spotted on celebs like Miley Cyrus.
The faux fashion look, which appears on tees, sweatshirts, and hats, is effortlessly chic, while also exposing the inherent silliness of designer labels at the same time.
Japanese-inspired lifestyle brand Tokidoki recently released a Karl Lagerfeld capsule collection, including some very cool limited edition figurines. Of course, the one that caught my eye features the cat daddy in his his signature shades, clutching Miss Choupette (with her signature baby blues).
The whole things appeals to my sense of cat tchotchke cuteness, even if it costs more than dozens of actual tchotchkes combined. And just how did Karl feel about being immortalized in vinyl? "I am very flattered that I became a tokidoki. I always loved them and I am very happy to be one of them," he said.
I've already written at length about my love for the first and foremost cat shoes in the game, but illustrator Emmakistina has taken that passion one step further with her ink rendition of the famous feline flats.
There's something effusively feminine about the offbeat print, which would look gorgeous displayed in a bedroom or boudoir. It's also an inexpensive alternative to the real thing, or a vision board of sorts for you to pine over while saving up the hundreds of dollars a real pair of the designer shoes would cost.
If you aren't suffering from complete Choupette overload just yet (and you most definitely shouldn't be), artist Pinkflapper serves up a whole series of original paintings, prints, and note cards, inspired by Karl's favorite fashion kitten.
My favorite piece is her reimagining of the duo's Harper's Bazaar photoshoot, where Karl first posed with Choupette for the world to see. The painting is available on its own as a print, or seen here on a set of notecards, so you you'll never be at a loss for catty correspondence again.
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