It takes two to tango, but it takes three to start a trend!
It’s Fashion Week season around the world, with the hottest names in the industry hitting the runway to give us a glimpse of what’s in, what’s out, and what have you. In the aftermath of New York, Paris, and Milan Fashion Week, there was one recurring theme that caught our eyes: Cats!
J.W. Anderson’s Milan Fashion Week show featured a sweater with a picture of iconic director Stanley Kubrick’s cat, Polly, printed all over it. A few days later, Givenchy showcased their first collection post the departure of Matthew Williams in Paris. Fluffy fur coats and bags with a cat face in furry textures were spotted in the collection. Following that, Acne Studio’s psychedelic and rave-inspired collection showcased in Paris featured giant images of an AI-generated cat on tops and bags.
To quote Highsnobiety Magazine, “Fashion is in its Crazy Cat Lady era.” This trend could be part of a larger rising trend featuring animal-inspired elements in fashion or a continuation from last year’s MET Gala, where a number of celebrities paid homage to the late designer Karl Lagerfeld and his cat, Choupette.
Streetwear, however, is no stranger to a feline presence in the scene. RIPNDIP’s very own mascot, the cheeky cat Lord Nermal, has been gracing us with his presence in the form of t-shirts, sweaters, hoodies, pet goodies, chairs, plushies, plates, and so much more. If the feline fashion trend is for you, check out Capsul’s curations from RIPNDIP. Some of our favorite pieces include the RIPNDIP Deck The Halls Knit Sweater, the RIPNDIP x PUMA Slipstream Sneakers, the classic RIPNDIP Lord Nermal Pocket Tees, and the Lord Nermal Pet Hoodies.
Apart from donning animal prints, a key feature of the feline trend includes wearing fully textured garments, akin to the soft fur of a kitty. The HUF Merged Cardigan and the Script Shaggy Polo from thisisneverthat fit the Crazy Cat Lady aesthetic.