The Cat Got To Me

The Cat Got To Me

Am I cowering my head in shame here or smising with glee at the fact that I drank the kool-aid on Fashion's Night Out at the Balenciaga store in New York and forked out $1,000 for what is essentially a glorified canvas tote?  I'm going to go with the latter.  Oh the irony of me scoffing at the whole charade of Fashion's Night Out beforehand – "Nobody ACTUALLY buys anything!"  "Who can shop in these manic environments?"  Then I toodle off to the Balenciaga store because it's right by my hotel, just to a) take a gander at those ubiquitous neoprene printed 'rebel' sweatshirts and b) see Grace Coddington in action with her limited edition bag that she had illustrated with her cat Pumpkin wearing iconic Balenciaga by Nicolas Ghesquiere looks from the past decade.  Well, I felt up the sweaters, decided they were gonna be shot to death and desisted from buying one.  Then I squealed at the tote, yelped "CUUUUUUUUUTE!" and immediately grabbed a shop assistant to say "Please-may-I-have-one-please-hope-you-still-have-one-left" in a shrill way just in case my senses got to me and I back tracked on myself.  

Photo by Youngjun Koo for The Cut - Wearing Eugenia Kim hat, Christopher Kane dress, Simone Rocha skirt

I don't know whether it was the cats, the presence of Grace or the champagne slash lack of food in my belly.  Either way, I ended up meekly going up to Grace to ask her to sign the tote after making my rash purchase.  Then I asked her if she would give me permission to colour the bag in and she said "Yes of course!  Make it your own."  The idea struck me when immediately saw the bag in ecru but to be honest I was being a bit brazen and rebel-rebel by saying that I was going to colour it in.  Right now, whilst figuring out the correct sort of coloured pencils and fixing spray to use, I'm actually not so sure about my initial idea.  In the light of day, with not an ounce of buyer's remorse, I'm thinking it is quite perfect as it is.  My favourite cats are the ones that look all rotund and ball-like, unexpectedly wearing the more voluminous Balenciaga seasons such as A/W 06 or S/S 08.  It's interesting how every Balenciaga season harking back to the early 00s are so prominent in my mind, conjuring up a slew of campaign and catwalk imagery but then again that just indicates how seminal Balenciaga shows have become in the course of shaping 21st century fashion.  I'm going to use that heavyweight sentence to defend my purchase should anybody squawk " You paid WHAT for THAT?"  















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  1. Duck

    2012-09-21 at 9:34 AM

    I am SO GLAD you got this and not the, as you say, ubiquitous sweatshirt! It’s freaking amazing. Louisa’s going to have to up the cat sticker ante on her clutch.

  2. Kazuko

    2012-09-21 at 9:48 AM

    I won’t blame you. i want that bag so badly myself. it looks so good on you and your perfect outfit!

  3. Kaari Mulk

    2012-09-21 at 9:50 AM

    Love your outfit and that bag is just adorable! 🙂

  4. Fokyoursocks

    2012-09-21 at 9:58 AM

    HERE HERE!!!!
    and do NOT colour it in, please!

  5. Janice

    2012-09-21 at 10:06 AM

    Perfect outfit! And I am desperately in love with that hat!

  6. Akvile

    2012-09-21 at 10:14 AM

    Somehow anything with fashion illustrations looks amazing. Fashion illustration is a total obsession. When coming back home, totally going to draw again!
    A. from

  7. yolanda

    2012-09-21 at 10:16 AM

    Ha. I love it This is why usuallly leave my credit card at home bc i’m the queen of rash shopping

  8. Domonique

    2012-09-21 at 10:26 AM

    You are so cute 🙂 I love the fact that you’re going to colour it in! Don’t you just love Grace, what a lady!

  9. The Provoker

    2012-09-21 at 10:33 AM

    Ok, I understand impulse buys and I for one has fallen prey to it many times, most of them regrettable… but this one is too cute! the canvas totes though pricy has a personalized touch to it and that can’t be bought at just any Balenciaga store. How great and sweet for Grace to be such a good sport and signing your new kitty tote, I could stare and analyze your bag for ages, what a great way to pass the time on the tube.

  10. Inge

    2012-09-21 at 10:46 AM

    That bag is so cute, amazing that you got it signed as well! I think colouring it would make it very personal but then again I’d be scared to ruin it… what if it didn’t look good?

  11. Bri

    2012-09-21 at 10:47 AM

    Haha, that bag is too cute and it’s so nice of Grace to sign it.
    Can’t wait to see how it looks after the coloring (:

  12. Serdane

    2012-09-21 at 11:13 AM

    So cute ! I would love having it !

  13. Rosie

    2012-09-21 at 12:22 PM

    At first I was like “$1000 on a bag!? She’s completely mad!”
    But then I saw the illustrations and completely understand why you would want it, nobody can resist cute fashionable cats *____*

  14. savannah

    2012-09-21 at 1:36 PM

    super bag! nice blog!

  15. Domenic Bartlett-Roylance

    2012-09-21 at 1:54 PM

    OMG that is soooo cute. Good find. Good good find. It is hilarious.

  16. Jay.

    2012-09-21 at 2:37 PM

    “You paid WHAT for THAT?”
    Seriously though, high-street chains are going into administration, since people can’t even afford high street anymore but at least the cats are cute, so there’s that.

  17. ella

    2012-09-21 at 4:46 PM

    wowie zowie love it! So characterful!

  18. Nancy

    2012-09-21 at 5:32 PM
  19. Tara

    2012-09-21 at 7:08 PM

    Upon seeing the title of this post – “The Cat Got To Me” – my mind was instantly transported to my own current cat-centric fashion love, the Charlotte Olympia “Kitty” flats. At over ¬£450 a pair, I sadly cannot find any possible justication for purchasing them with my teenage-schoolgirl pocket money, birthday money, Christmas money, student loan prep stash… etc!
    So, I say – against all better judgement on my part – good on you, Susie! That tote is totes amaze (sorry)!
    Best Wishes,

  20. Natalie

    2012-09-21 at 8:07 PM

    Love that bag!

  21. Della Hyde

    2012-09-21 at 8:50 PM

    VERY cute bag – suits you to a T – and finally you can fit everything in one bag; love how you dressed to match the bag!

  22. Andrea

    2012-09-21 at 9:31 PM

    aww such a cute bag 🙂

  23. Carolina

    2012-09-22 at 5:21 AM

    Hey! I saw a picture of you in another blog “Street Pepper” LOVE the shoes you were wearing!!

  24. Daria

    2012-09-22 at 9:43 AM
  25. Dark Blue Stripes

    2012-09-23 at 12:39 AM

    Super super cute bag. You only live once. If it makes you happy I say go for it. Great purchase. 🙂
    Christie x

  26. Anastasios

    2012-09-23 at 12:26 PM

    Just let’s leave the cost aside for a moment and see it as a fashion creation.
    Great idea and cool execution 🙂
    If someone can afford it, Go for it 🙂

  27. TrendAddicted

    2012-09-23 at 4:13 PM

    Love this bag!!!!!!

  28. Noe Farrell

    2012-09-24 at 9:47 AM

    Wow! I just don’t see anything bad with your cat hat; it’s unique. I love that bag; looks so beautiful and really amazing!

  29. Rosemary Schmidt

    2012-09-24 at 10:02 AM

    What an interesting photo; I just can’t imagine how like a cat I would look like in that hat; I love such designs. I love such animals-like design and I just can’t wait to have that bag too!Very beautiful and smart indeed!

  30. Rigoberto McClure

    2012-09-24 at 10:14 AM

    That bag looks so perfect and very cute. I don’t like that much the dress but I guess she quite tried a match.

  31. Sari Purdy

    2012-09-24 at 10:28 AM

    I really like that bag! I love the way each cat pattern is given separately. I love the bag… I do, and now seriously; I want it.

  32. Elvis Trujillo

    2012-09-24 at 10:29 AM

    Nice bag. I love the catty design. Good one!

  33. mayathapapaya

    2012-09-30 at 11:27 AM

    it’s so beautiful!
    i don’t normally like cats, but cartoon cats are a different matter!

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