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Throwback Thursday: ’70’s Style Then And Now

Cynthia: Here’s Jane Pauley with her cat back in 1978. Isn’t she a primo bunny?

Jane Pauley, photo from CatPeople, 1978

Cynthia:  And here are super duper cool LA girls, Martinique Nitzani and Heather Pasternak in 1970’s style in 2014. Meeeeoooooowwww!

Martinique Nitzani and Heather Pasternak, 2014

Cynthia: Cool beans! I am so excited that the easy breezy ’70’s are back in vogue. Don’t our friends and fellow cat lovers, Martinique and Heather, look way fab in their groovy threads, Marcy?

Marcy:  Awesome Pawsome! They are WAY Chic. To The Max. Maybe they could give you lessons on how to dress like a foxy chick and not some sad disco wallflower.

Cynthia:  But, I thought you liked my yellow bell bottoms and puka shell necklace?

Marcy (snickering):  Oh, I do. Psyche!

Cynthia:  Oh.

Marcy:  Get real, Cindy. No one wants to hang out with Disco Duck.

Cynthia:  Are you calling me a duck? That’s not very decent of you.

Marcy:  If the flipper fits.

*Martinique Nitzani creates beautiful and arresting photographs. Check out her Instagram, Martiniqueness, and keep an eye out for her moody cat artwork.

*Heather Pasternak is an incredibly talented actor/writer/stand-up comic. Check out her website Hello Pasternak for the funny stuff and stand-up dates.



Fashion

Throwback Thursday: Catwoman. Chanel Fall 2011 Campaign

Photo by Karl Lagerfeld

Cynthia:  Love this ad campaign for Chanel from 2011. The photo was taken by Chanel creative director, Karl Lagerfeld, and designed by the relentlessly chic former French Vogue editor-in-chief, Carine Roitfild.

I believe that 2011 may have been the year that the cat fashion trend kicked off. Because really, If Karl and Carine say it’s IN, then you know… it’s IN.

And, two years later, top designers are still getting into the cat trend. Check out Peter Som‘s subtle but electric cat fashion for Anthropologie’s Made In Kind collection.

Peter Som Cheshire Dress for Anthropologie
Peter Som Fauve Feline Blouse
for Anthropologie

Cynthia:  Hmmm… Marcy, do you think it matters if my Throwback Thursday post is only 2 years old instead of say… 20 or 200 years old?

Marcy:  Don’t you mean Throwup Thursday?

Cynthia:  Marcy! I do not.

Marcy:  Are you sure? I just visited behind the couch and there is evidence to the contrary.

 

*Carine Roitfeld is now the founder and creator of the relentlessly chic CR Fashion Book.

 

 

Fine Arts

Throwback Thursday: Happiness Is A Cute Cat

Cynthia:  Most portraits from the “olden times” seem to be composed of uncomfortable people wearing uncomfortable clothes and gazing uncomfortably at the camera. But, put a cat in their arms and suddenly the person’s eyes light up with joy and a smile threatens to emerge from their lips.

 

 

Some even break out into big toothy grins! I especially love this one! Even the cats look happy!

 

 

I can’t seem to find the origins and/or dates of the pics above but I do know that the ladies in this next picture are Edna B. Doughty and Louisa Grogen. The year was 1927 and the picture was taken in Washington at the Wardman Park Hotel for a cat show. I love the decorative cloche the lady on the right is wearing.

 

1927, Wardman Park Hotel, Washington
Photo from The Library Of Congress
Prints and Photographs Online Catalogue

 

Cynthia:  Charles Schulz, the creator of Snoopy and Peanuts, says that happiness is a warm puppy. With all due respect to the Peanut Gallery, I would like to add that happiness is also a cute cat.

Marcy:  I don’t think Mr. Schulz would mind. And anyway, he’s dead.

Cynthia:  Marcy! Way to change the tone! Gee whiz!

Marcy:  What? It’s my blog and I’ll change the tone if I want to.

 

Fashion

Throwback Thursday: Cat Fashion From 100 Years Ago

Cynthia:  Marcy, can you believe this? These cat stockings are from 1914. That is almost 100 years ago.  I mean … WOW!

Cat Stockings from 1914


Marcy (yawning):  100 years ago… 10 years ago… It’s all the same to me. I wasn’t around.

Cynthia:  Well, I wasn’t around either.

Marcy:  Are you sure?

Marcy swishes her tail smugly.

Cynthia:  Age jokes are beneath you, Marcy. Don’t go there.

Marcy:  Whatever. So what’s the big deal?

Cynthia (excitedly):  The big deal is that there were cats on tights 100 years ago! That is incredible! That is bewildering. That is mind boggling.

Marcy:  Whatever. Your mind is always boggled.

Cynthia:  I mean… here we are… almost 100 years later… and we still want to put cats on tights.

Cat Tights from 2013
Cat Tights from 2013



Marcy:  Why are you always so obsessed with cat tights? This is like our 3rd post on them.

Cynthia (marveling):  Just the fact that there were cat lovers 100 years ago who put cats on their clothes… I don’t know… it makes me feel like I am not so crazy after all. (suddenly) Maybe I could get a pair…

Marcy (horrified):  No. Just. No. I stick to my point from four months ago:

If you are not a Harajuku Girl 
If you are not 12
If it is not Halloween 

You simply CANNOT wear them. I put my paw down, Cindy.
I. Put. My. Paw. Down.

Marcy puts her paw down.

Cynthia:  Fine. Whatever. Meanie. (pause) You know, it’s almost time for Halloween. Why don’t I just –

Marcy (yelling pleadingly):  No!