Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Cool Vintage Finds - Feline Fantasy

I love cats. Not in a weird, cliche "I want to live with them alone for the rest of my life" kind of way but I do have a definite affinity for them.

I also have a thing for the cat motif in fashion and I believe novelty feline prints and accessories are a really great way to add fun and quirkiness to Spring wardrobes.

The Miu Miu Spring 2010 runway was littered (bad pun intended) with cute, playful cats on clothing, shoes, bags, jewelry - you name it, cats were on it.

images courtesy style.com

I scoured Etsy and Ebay to find some cute and stylish vintage cat pieces and came up with quite a few options below.

Crazy Cat Lady Sweater
Price: US$35.00

Vtg 70s Black Cat and Guitar Boho Kaftan Dress
Price: US$24.99
(N.B 7 days left in auction)

Cats in Love Brooch
Price: US$8.00

Price: US$9.99
(N.B 7 days left in auction)

Vintage Cat Earrings
Price: US$6.00

Here are some little known and interesting (to me anyway) cat facts taken from www.catscans.com:
  • Ailurophilia is the "love of cats".
  • The nose pad of a cat is ridged in a pattern that is unique, just like the fingerprint of a human.
  • The domestic cat is the only cat species able to hold its tail vertically while walking. All wild cats hold their tails horizontally or tucked between their legs while walking.
  • Sir Isaac Newton, discoverer of the principles of gravity, also invented the cat door.
  • A cat will amost never "meow" at another cat. This sound is reserved for humans.
  • A group of kittens is called a "kindle" and a group of grown cats is called a "clowder".

Also, here's a Vogue fashion spread from 2008 which features cute Persian cats and model Karen Elson with hair, makeup and outfits inspired by the fantastic Grace Coddington.

photos courtesy mycatgoma.com


daisychain said...

LOVE the crazy cat lady sweater

Join the Gossip said...

I am scared of cats haha! I had an abusive cat as a child. She used to scratch the heck out of me. She actually gave me cat scratch fever--which was hard to diagnose. Doctors originally thought I had leukemia!

Anyways haha...these items are cool in a funky way =)

marian said...

love this post, like the cat pieces you found and the tdbits on cats at the end.
big kiss

Akpomena Rana said...

Love the pink cat dress, cat waistocat and red cat earrings.

I like cats as well I had a black one growing up.



inmode said...

ha, that tapestry waistcoat is somehow really stylish..i adore the current miumiu stuff with those prints...a friend of mine is scared of cats - because they are so free spirits you can't predict them...that's why i love them, they make a great motif!

Berlin said...

The Vtg 70s Black Cat and Guitar Boho Kaftan Dress really catches my eye with all those vibrant colors!

Karin Walker said...

OMG! I love cats too. I remember cutting this article out and still have it hanging up in my room! I have a persian cat named Cleo that looks alot like these cats and she has the best personality ever! I love your blog. Check mine out- thefashionbiscuit.com