Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Still Trending: Cat Power

COME HERE KITTY-KITTY: One trend I am NOT tired of yet is the resurgence of the animal print. I have gone dotty over spotty. And it seems I am not the only one. This winter, I have received more compliments on my vintage 1960's fun fur cheetah print sports coat (see photo below) than I have in the 5 years I have owned it. And I've been buying up little bits and pieces of cat prints: a vintage slip, a vintage pill box hat (see photo above), various summer shoes, and a scarf. What I really want is a pair of leopard print booties, like the ones you can get over at Jeff Silverman shoes (see sidebar). I want to create a custom pair, using their special technology to design a pair of shoes just for me. A few clicks and I get to create a pair of shoes, boots, or a handbag to my personal fancy. And I fancy a big cat.

I wouldn't mind sporting this amazing vintage leopard print cape like the one that sold at Nickie Frye's Etsy shop not that long ago. While the cape has already found a home, her shop is filled with choice tidbits, including a few fun animal prints to lust over. Another Nor-Cal girl (she's from San Francisico), her blog is quickly becoming one of my must-reads. You can check out her blog by clicking here.

The animal print trend shows no sign of slowing down. I predict: not only will I be galavanting around in a pair a big kitty booties this winter, but I'll still be sporting all kinds of primitive come spring. What's your big game flavor? Leopard, Tiger, Cheetah?

On the hunt for sporting vintage? Aim your sites at Nickie Frye on Etsy.

I am putting this pair of Jeff Silverman shoes on my wish list. MEOW!
Me and the Chee: Admiring each other's coats. His, real, Mine: merely for fun.
 Photo credits: 1) Bella & Cat hat. You first saw it here. 2) Detail of me & my favorite coat. 3) Shot of Time and Again Fashions coat rack at the Midtown Bazaar (photo: Bella Q) 4) Animal print mix, first seen at Street Style SACRAMENTO (photo: Bella Q) 5) Swinging Cape (photo credit: Nickie Frye) 6) Jeff Silverman's Arabella shoe ( 7) Detail of an outfit by unknown blogger 8) Yours Truly poses at the SF Natural Sciences Museum (photo credit: D.Yudt)


Penny Dreadful Vintage said...

I don't care if it is a trend or not, I love animal print. Your hat is the nicest thing I have seen, I am filled with envy right now x

the Citizen Rosebud said...

Penny, think how nice the hat would look with your Uggs! <3

Lee Oliveira said...

Animal prints has always been on and off trends.
Still don't care.
Zebra and Leopard prints are amazing]
Love your hat
Lee x

Leia said...

I will never, ever, ever get over my love of leopard! Hmm, maybe that's why my boyfriend calls me "kitty" ?? Whatever the case, even when leopard print *isnt* in all of the shops, it'll still be trendy. It's one of those timeless prints, don't you think? (If not, I don't care, I'm wearing it forever anyway!) Love your catty items!


Marta said...

i am obsessed over lopard printed stuff as well, and you look so fierce. love this post!

Pam @ over50feeling40 said...

These pictures are great...I never tire of animal print, but I think that is why in the fashion never really returns and returns!! The leopard print is fabulous!

Collette Osuna said...

I LOVE animal prints..and you look stunning in both the coat and cute hat....really a fab look on it girl:)

Comtesse de ferveur said...

Adore leopard prints you have some beautiful pieces - that hat is divine! Thanks also for the great style and fashion distinction quote, very succinct. Purr xxx

mispapelicos said...

I am not an animal print love, but it looks so fantistic on you that I might think twice!!!!
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Kitty said...

Girl...YOU look amazing. I adore you. I love leopard print. I don't care if is in fashion or not, it is HOT and I feel pretty when I wear it.

love love,
Fritzi Marie

p.s. My baby brother gave me a pair of leopard elbow length gloves for Christmas. They are so fancy.

Your hat is fabulous.

Isquisofrenia said...

the hat look really cool on you
im wearing ap today too
i love the cape!!

Good Eye said...

Hey thanks for plugging my shop! :D

Your hat is spectacular. No wonder you get compliments on it. I do think leopard (cheetah?) print is timeless. It's all about the fabrication for me. If it's a cheap, ghastly fabric then I'll pass, but if it's done in a good quality fabric you can't go wrong.

And Fritzi Marie's comment about the leopard elbow length gloves is making me green with envy. Those sound AWESOME.

Thanks again for the love! We have to meet up one of these days. xoxo

Unknown said...

I like animal print in small doses, like an accent piece. This, however, looks WONDERFUL on you! Your little pill box hat is just a piece of millenery (sp?) perfection! ~Serene

Joy said...

I love animal prints! And I am loving that hat!! MEOW!

the Citizen Rosebud said...

I agree with Serene. Animal print is best served up in small meaningful doses. Like the full length gloves mentioned by Fritzi Marie. (Good to know I wasn't the only one green with envy on hearing about those.)

Although an animal print coat, my preference cheetah, or zebra is classy, classic and distinctive. NEVER NEVER out of style.

I like to say that leopard print is the polka dot of the animal kingdom. Quote me people; that one is a chestnut!

theequinebovine said...

Meow baby, meow!

Heather Fonseca said...

I've loved leopard print since I was a kid and I still get excited when I see it in fashion. Like you I buy a few pieces. My favorite this time around is my leopard vinyl bag from Target and leopard flats from Nine West. Not as exciting and vintage as yours but I do have a pretty fab vintage leopard clutch somewhere.


the Citizen Rosebud said...

vintage cluuuutch. you just made me whimper. Ah, ballet shoes are so perf for the animal print. Sigh.

My Heart Blogged said...

I completely agree I love animal print. Your coat is awesome. The pill box hat is so unique, no one else is wearing it. I have a pair of pointy toe zebra print flats that are brown, and beige. I'm addicted to wearing them.
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Stephanie Loudmouth said...

Ohh my gosh Bella, that photo of you & the cat is so darn cute that it made me giggle! I don't think animal prints will EVER go out of style :)
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Fabienne Jach said...

I immediately recognized where the picture was taken, (Academy of Science), I was just there a few months ago for my birthday.

I had Stuart Weitzman ankle boots with a giraffe pattern to die for years ago that I wore until they started resembling one scrappy animal:(

Leopard is my fave, but I like me all kinds of kitties!

Beautifully Invisible said...

I think a bit of animal print will always be on trend. Even if it's not - who cares, you rock it! I LOVE your coat (and especially the photo of you and teh cheetah. Classic.)

Also - those Jeff Silverman booties are perfect! I've never used his site before, I may have to check it out.

Sara Kristiina said...

Oo I love animal prints! leopard is my favourite, so this is a great post :) You look great, animal print suits you well!

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Ife' said...

Yes, yes, yes! Actually, i have a leopard print poncho that I haven't had a chance to wear this winter! I MUST get it out of my system before it's too hot! and I HOPE leopard sticks around for at least one more year!!!

Chantele Cross-Jones said...

The booties are cute!

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Anonymous said...

I am OBSESSED with that jacket on you. LOVE
xo Mish

Anonymous said...

I am OBSESSED with that jacket on you. LOVE
xo Mish