2013 may be the year of the snake according to the Chinese zodiac, but concerning fashion, this year may have to lend its title in favor of the cat. Cat motifs have been making their usual rounds again, and it looks as though this time they are here to stay. Berets, bowlers, flats, sweaters, lipsticks, tights and handbags – cats are able to bear their claws onto just about any surface.
One of the most recognizable feline friends to make their mark recently comes from mystical Japanese brand ahcahcum-muchacha (あちゃちゅむムチャチャ). Though their original designs range from a craft of baby doll parts, teddy bears, printed rabbits, mushroom forests and eyeball accessories, their cat face tote is the most familiar among current audiences.
Our Fashionista today carries the famous cat face bag along with its detachable coin purse of similar feline design. The piece is surely conversational in any environment, and this Fashionista carries out a full ensemble of youth inspired wear in schoolgirl plaid that seems to match her bag’s personality. Though this specific bag is no longer for sale in the official collection, eager customers may find their own ahcahcum speciality on Ebay, where you can also find the more recent ‘cat shoulder sling handbag‘ or rabbit head carrying purse.
If you can’t get enough of the cat and rabbit image trend, a look into some other friendly and furry alternatives are not far off. Icon Hello Kitty and her many Sanrio friends have been a international favorite for decades and don everything imaginable. A more current Fifi Lapin, a rabbit who asks “What Shall I Wear Today?” is a self-titled “Fashionista” herself. This little rabbit is the face of her own line of bag and purse accessories available for purchase, Vaudeville.
A simple Etsy search of ‘cat bag’ will yield just over eight thousand results, so prying for your special animal fashion staple shouldn’t be too difficult.
Spotted: The unforgettable Miu Miu campaign of spring 2010 did more than spark an interest in one’s cat-eyed mind. Likewise, Miguel Adrover returned in 2012 after an eight year absence with a diverse collection that included an ensemble of cat clawing design, and the year previous, Anna Sui featured a single cat headpiece among a fur heavy lookbook.