THE CAT'S MEOW: SUMMER HOLIDAY MUST HAVES FOR FELINE FANS
It’s hard to believe that we’re already half way though 2016! The last six months have brought us all sorts of exciting kitty inspired fashion and events. From Cutter and Squidge’s Hello Kitty high tea to fancy felines adorning the Gucci pre-fall catwalk. The popularity of cats as a source of inspiration is nothing new but this year it seems that all this exposure to kitty culture and the unrelenting popularity of cat videos has finally had a positive effect on adoption rates. So far in 2016, the famous London based charity, Battersea Dogs and Cats home has re-homed more cats than dogs for the very first time!
Cats continue on their quest for world domination much to the delight of feline fans! And to ensure you get your kitty fix over the summer, we round up our favourite holiday must-haves from poolside publications to feline inspired beachwear and even a themed Hello Kitty plane! This is the cat-lovers one stop summer holiday shop.
1. Summer Read: Puss Puss magazine
Issue 4 of my favourite pussy-cat publication is inspired by cinema and features lots of great interviews, articles and shoots. Read about the inspiration behind Chloë Sevigny's directorial debut, Kitty, explore Stanley Kubrick's obsession with all things feline and meet Leo, the lion(s) behind the iconic MGM roar. As always, expect fashion and talent from cat-folk from all over the world. You gotta love PUSS PUSS magazine!
2. Summer Scent: Grace Coddington perfume
Another reason to love Vogue Creative Director, flame-headed icon and feline fan extraordinaire! Grace Coddington has launched her very first fragrance in collaboration with Comme des Garçons that comes in an adorable cat-shaped bottle. The scent, has a delicate and summery aroma of roses and peach blossom balanced with base-notes of vetiver, white musks and amber crystals. Wear with a floaty dress (see no.4) in the south of France.
3. Summer Strolls: Charlotte Olympia Havaianas
Hitting the beach? Charlotte Olympia’s recent co-lab with Brazilian flip flop company Havaianas is the perfect footwear choice for seaside frolics! Featuring the signature 'Kitty' face printed on the sole, bring a playful Charlotte Olympia touch to the beach or poolside.
Available from Farfetch
4. Wear: Stella McCartney silk kitty print dress
Purr with delight at the news that a cat called Stella McCatney inspired McCartney's latest collection! Felines feature strongly in the Pre-Fall 2016 - used also by Gucci and No.21. I love the slinky silk dress with kitsch kitty illustrations.
Available from Matches Fashion
5. Summer shades: Cat Eye Sunglasses Erdem x Linda Farrow
I'm a sucker for cat-eye frames and there are so many to choose from this season! My favourite ones are by Erdem x Linda Farrow. Purrfect in pale pink acetate and gold tinted tips. Pop them in your hand luggage for immediate use at your (hopefully) sunny holiday destination.
Available from Linda Farrow
6. Create: Charlotte Tilbury nocturnal cat eye makeup
The cat eye makeup trend has been big on the cat-walk so far this year. Make sure your peepers stay positively feline when the sun goes down and you take off your cat-eye frames (no.5). Charlotte Tilbury's "Nocturnal Cat Eye" set is your toolkit to create the ultimate shouldering cat eye effect.
7. Wear: Tateosian lucky cat cufflinks
These luxury lucky cat cufflinks by Tateosian are perfect for all the cat men out there! Add a dash of feline inspired fun to your best white shirt for a dinner date with a fellow cat fan and good fortune should ensure it goes well.
Available from Selfridges
8. Summer Travel: Hello Kitty Eva Air jet
I had no idea of its existence until I was lucky to spot this jet of dreams at the airport returning from a recent trip to Amsterdam. Hello Kitty creators Sanrio has teamed up with Eva Air to create a fleet of Sanrio themed planes that fly to select destinations in Asia. Not only do they look super-cute on the outside, they are also complete with themed in-flight products and food. Quick! Let's all book a trip to Taipei!
Check the Eva Air website for further details and flight timetable.
9. Charlotte Olympia for Agent Provocateur eye mask
Whether you're on a Hello Kitty dream plane or on Easy Jet, ensure a restful cat nap with this eye mask courtesy of Charlotte Olympia's recent collaboration with Agent Provocateur.
Available from Agent Provocateur online or in store
10. Wear: Silken Favours Silk Shirt
I've always been a fan of Silken Favours' whimsical prints! Creative Director Vicki Murdoch must be a cat-lover as cute kitties often feature in her bold and colourful silk creations. This shirt will only take up a slither of your suitcase space and is guaranteed to make a statement at your holiday destination. Wear during the day over your bikini at a pool party or at nighttime with some black jeans and your favourite shoes!
Available from Silken Favours