Karl Lagerfeld may be trying to take the title as fashion's biggest cat enthusiast, but that spot has already long been claimed by Vogue Creative Director, Grace Coddington.
Coddington, who I personally fell in love with in "The September Issue," is the definition of one cool cat lady. In a 2008 Vogue editorial, the fiery redhead styled model Karen Elson in her image, complete with a pack of fluffy cats to represent her signature look.
That same year, Coddington released "The Catwalk Cats," along with longtime partner, Didier Malige. The book, inspired by the sketches Coddington would fax to Malige, "records the couple's relationship through photographs (Malige's) and drawings (Coddington's) that document the couple's highly entertaining private and work lives through the eyes of their feline friends." The sketches also played a role in Grace's fashionable 70th birthday bash in 2011, where they appeared on menus and even on her cat-themed birthday cake.
Grace's latest turn in conquering catladydom will once again put her darling drawings on display. Fashionista reports that the Creative Director has teamed up with Nicolas Ghesquiere to create a capsule collection for Balenciaga, inspired by her calico Persian, Pumpkin. The collection includes the “Pumpkin Papier” tote bag ($1,000), and two printed “Pumpkin” scarves ($395 and $495 each), which include her sketches of the fluffy kitty modeling vintage Balenciaga looks. 20 percent of the proceeds from the sale of the stylish items will be donated to the Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons.
The tote will officially make its debut in Balenciaga stores on Fashion's Night Out (Sept. 6) in Los Angeles and New York City, where Coddington herself will be making an appearance, however, those hoping to catch a glimpse of her kitty companions are likely to be disappointed. As she told Martha Stewart during a cat-centric appearance on her talk show in 2010: "They don't really like other cats. They like each other. They don't like publicity."