Everybody wants to be a cat. Maru the Japanese cat is famous just for getting in and out of boxes. People spend exorbitant amounts of time photographing their cats and tagging them #catsofinstagram. There are cat cafes where you can hang out petting cats all day with your cup of coffee. And yet again the fashion world takes Disney’s song “Everybody Wants to be a Cat” to new lengths.
Okay, I can’t decide if I am on board with this trend or not. On the one hand, I love a) pearls b) cats c) ears (by which I mean, the fact that the Japanese just can’t get over animal ears – on the other hand, how do you wear this without looking like you stopped by some kind of Breakfast-at-Tiffany’s theme Halloween party?) It sort of reminds me of the usamimi (rabbit ear) headbands that started with the gal world and then filtered all over the Japanese fashion scene. Faddish? Definitely. Cute? For sure. But you know, fashion is about having fun. Takemoto’s character Momoko of Kamikaze Girls says, “Lolita often tumbles onto the side of bad taste.” Taking risks means you may look foolish sometimes. It’s not the end of the world. As averse as the (Western, mostly) lolita world has always been to animal ears, it seems that the rest of fashion has no such issue.
More than likely I am going to give it a shot – they’re too cute not to try! I’m too lazy and ham-fisted to make my own, but they can be found pretty cheaply on eBay or Asian retail sites. If you must have the real glamour item, you can buy them from Topshop or Asos.
Okay, show of hands, who wants a pair of these pearly kitty ears – and what do you think you’d wear them with, or to?!