It sleeps on our notes, gives paws on our pencil, walks on the keyboard of our computer, settles in our favorite chair and even drinks the tea in our cup… The cat is king in our houses and present in literature, painting, music, cinema and history as well. This indispensable furry friend of writers and poets is the star of our November edition of When Fashion and Nature Collide.
With the cooler weather coming we thought What better time to cozy on the sofa with a good book? Since it’s difficult to think of books without imagining a cat perched high at the top of a bookshelf or sleeping on our lap while we read, it inspired us to dedicated this issue to the cats of the great classics of literature and comics. From Bébert, Celine’s cat, to La chatte anglaise of Balzac and Garfield, the greedy and lazy feline of Jim Davis, the sources of inspiration are grand. Not surprised as the purring of the cat agrees with the loneliness and silence of the writer. I am meowing with delight with the fives feline characters and books that the team has selected and paired with Darren’s flower photos. Keep on scrolling, to find out which ones they are and see my fashion interpretation of them. Lisa’s artwork will make you purr as always.
Note: In case you’ve not seen these capsules before, the When Fashion and Nature Collide project is a monthly collaboration with two of my WP friends: Lisa of Lismore Paper and Darren of The Arty Plantsman. Roda has recently decided to dedicate herself entirely to her Apiary. We wish her happiness and success in all of her projects.
The third wednesday of each month you can see outfits styled by me, and art from Lisa, that were inspired by Darren’s flower pictures and the critter pictures of photographers who collaborate with the team. With the spirit of protecting nature I pull together my outfits with clothing already available in my wardrobe. When purchases are to be made, these come from vintage shops and thrift stores or from socio-eco-friendly brands.
Enjoy the issue!
“The cat is a living work of art, in perpetual metamorphosis” – Patricia Highsmith
One of my pleasure in life
Cozy time with a good book and (I wish) a kitty
Photography of 3C Style by Marie-Claude Viola –– Cat photography by Bolanu 88 and Pasja, Pixabay –– Kitty with book from Pinterest –– Dominique’s photo collage
A perfect day for me involved a curl up in bed or on the sofa with a good book. I am an eclectic reader, and enjoy getting lost in a fiction story as well as being challenged by thoughtful writing. One of my favourite books as a child was Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll. I particularly liked the fantasy characters such as the Cheshire-cat. I mean who wouldn’t want to be able to disappear once in a while and leave a smile behind them? I know I would.
Here’s my fashion interpretation of…
The Cheshire-Cat & Fritillaria elwesii
Photography of 3C Style and Flower by Darren Sleep, The Arty Plantsman –– Stylist: Dominique Nancy –– Artwork by Lismore Paper –– Dominique’s photo collage
Vintage Leather Jacket from ERA Vintage Wear –– Jim Thompson silk scarf
Love the quote and Lisa’s artwork. The Cattails that are growing in the ditches along the roads bring back lots of souvenirs from my childhood. This plant assume an essential ecological role by filtering organic debris. It stands guard. One can easily imagine a creature gushing from the ditches…
A white tiger, maybe?
I did enjoy Aravind Adiga’s novel The White Tiger, especially the originality of an antihero fiction. And I do have a huge crush for graphic lines and patterns. The Damascena is by the way among my favourite florals.
The White Tiger & Damascena
Recently, I wore an outfit inspired by these two species. The picture was taken by Darren and that day we couldn’t stop giggling like monkeys. See his post Behind the scenes with 3C Style if you want to know more about what happened on that day. It will make you chuckle.
Photography of 3C Style and Flower by Darren Sleep, The Arty Plantsman –– Stylist: Dominique Nancy –– Tiger photography by Course Leuce, Pixabay –– Dominique’s photo collage
Booties – DIY green by 3C Style, Trench – Thalie, Jeans – Ralph Lauren, Handbag – J. Crew
Garfield & Calochostus barbatus
I like to laugh. A lot! Even on Mondays. Seriously, it’s the Sunday nights that are difficult for me. Although, just like Jim Davis’ famous cat I am very found of pizza and lasagna.
Photography of 3C Style by Marie-Claude Viola –– Flower by The Arty Plantsman –– Stylist: Dominique Nancy –– Artwork by Lismore Paper –– Cat photography by Alexas Fotos, Pixabay –– Dominique’s photo collage
For this look I wanted to let the pattern of the blouse and the accessories stand out. I simply paired my blouse with some of my wardrobe staples: jeans, block heel booties, a hat and a vintage coat.
In the same family as the previous flower, there is this floral beauty called Calochortus talmiei, which name means Cat ears! How cute is that? We couldn’t resisted to add it to our November Issue. Lisa was inspired by it. She drew earrings as the flower then added them digitally on my photo and adorned my handbag with some too.
Photography of 3C Style by Marie-Claude Viola –– Flower by The Arty Plantsman –– Stylist: Dominique Nancy –– Artwork by Lismore Paper –– Dominique’s photo collageJeans – Ralph Laurent (Leather Cuffs DIY by 3C Style) / Turtleneck – Frank + Oak / Boots – Stuart Weitzman / Handbag – Fendi (transform digitally by Lisa )
Greebo & Allium elburzense
I have a soft spot for strange characters, real and fiction. Greebo could easily be one of them. Now, if this cat from Terry Pratchett’s Discworld books was a plant he probably be an Allium elburzense according to The Arty Plantsman, a botanical expert. I like that flower from the Onion family even if every times I chop such vegetable… I cry!
Photography of 3C Style by Marie-Claude Viola –– Flower by The Arty Plantsman –– Stylist: Dominique Nancy –– Drawing in Black & White from Terry Pratchett’s book –– Dominique’s photo collage
This is a low-contrast outfit consisting of neutral colours in the grey-beige family. A sophisticated faux-fur hat brings a touch of glam Retro to the look.
This edition is far from being complete as we only focused on a few cat characters in literature but we couldn’t leave out the clever feline of Charles Perreault. Here’s my fashion interpretation of Puss and Boots…
Puss and Boots
Photography of 3C Style by Marie-Claude Viola –– Stylist: Dominique Nancy –– Cat photography by Alsen –– Dominique’s photo collageFirst Look: Skirt – Diane van Furstenburg, Top – Vintage lace blouse & Hat Era Vintage Wea, Over-the-Knee Boots – Aldo, Black Handbag – Italian made. Second look: Shift Dress – Tobi All Business Navy Shift Dress / Sweater – Alison Sheri (old) / Jeans – Citizens of Humanity / Rings – The Right Hand Gal (Jeans & Rings are available at Room Service Loft Boutique) / Bag – J. Crew / Watch – Michael Kors / Sunglasses – Derek Lam (thrift) / Botties – Tory Burch (sold out) / Lipstick – Lise Watier Nude lip crayon
And last but not least…
A special coffee mug
For the cat lovers who also enjoy a good coffee, this adorable Cat Puccino mug is for you. A fabulous way to start your day — and an ideal gift for the women or men who already have everything!
Our team also created four stylish Cat T-shirts worthy of catwalks. Clic the link to see them in detail.
Hope you have enjoy our November Issue.
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Next edition of When Fashion and Nature Collide: December 19th
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