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Here Come The Calendar Cats

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Meet the new faces of 2011: Poncho, Ziggy, Shuvel Face. Those were some of the fancy felines on hand yesterday as United Bamboo shot its second annual cat calendar. Miniature versions of the line’s looks from Fall ’10, Resort ’11 and the upcoming Spring ’11 collections hung on one wall of the United Bamboo studio, as half a dozen kitties stalked the space, clad in bow blouses and peacoats. “We have to remake all the patterns, obviously,” explained United Bamboo founder Miho Aoki, as she dodged the aptly named cat Bamboo. “But it’s OK, because our patternmaker has a cat, so she gets into it.”

Speaking of getting into things, some of the model cats were more psyched than others to be outfitted and appareled. Bamboo, for example, once she’d finished wrestling with a feather on a stick, seemed more than fine with the idea of clothes. In fact, she might have been waiting her whole life for this big break into fashion. Elsewhere, there was much hissing and spitting. More than 100 cats were submitted for the casting; according to Aoki, the United Bamboo team picked the “cutest ones,” with an emphasis on longhairs. “We didn’t bring them in or anything. We just judged by the pictures.” Aoki and partner Thuy Pham made the wise decision to bring in more cats than necessary—22 were called, 12 made the cut. (That’s double the cat fun from the 2010 edition.)

Of course, United Bamboo’s forays into cat fashions have been timely: Word leaked about the 2010 calendar around the same time that Miu Miu was showing kitty prints on the runway, and since then it’s been a feline free-for-all in the industry, what with cat-eye sunglasses and kitten heels. (Click here to check out a slideshow of our favorite variations on the theme.) We’d like to say we called this first—and we stand by our kitty overlords prediction—but Aoki was way, way ahead of us. As she explained, she first made cat clothes more than ten years ago, when she got her cat. “I thought it would be funny, to dress up a cat,” she said. It is. Continue Reading “Here Come The Calendar Cats” »

Blasblog: The Koh Front

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When I moved to New York, my mother gave me one piece of professional advice: Work begets work. I blew that off with the rest of her metropolitan tips. (She once bought me one of those tourist money belts for Christmas. Can you imagine?) Still, speaking to the most recent face of United Bamboo, Terence Koh, proved she might be right with that other dictum. So, how did Koh land this latest campaign? “Thuy [Pham, United Bamboo co-designer] was in Hong Kong and saw my face plastered all over billboards for an ad campaign I did there for Lane Crawford,” the artist explains. “He didn’t know I could strike a pose like no other.” (We of course knew that, having seen him work a Fendi fur and Balenciaga robot leggings like it was his job.) Not that he was unfamiliar with the clothing: He’s been a fan of the collection for his daily studio wear for years. “I think it’s a great puts-you-in-the-mood-to-make-art clothes look,” says Koh. “You just feel elegant and creative in it, like one of those preppy hot Catholic school boys.” Koh also says he took the modeling job very seriously, even agreeing to grow back his eyebrows for the shoot. He may even be contemplating a career change. “I would like to be a male model,” he says with a smile. “I think I might give up being an artist. That’s hard work.” He might just be his own best agent. He says he’d like his next job to be shot as the face of Comme des Garçons, but to hawk the women’s collection—not the men’s. It’s not a total stretch for the whippet-thin artist. “I have always had a dream to be in a custom-made Comme des Garçons white wedding dress shot by Jean-Paul Goude.” From what we know of those visionaries, it might not be a bad collaboration. Koh definitely knows his way around the fashion-as-art lingo: “Honestly I just like looking at clothes which I don’t perceive as fashion,” he explains. “It’s like shapes and surfaces you put over your body so you become a living sculpture.” You can see Koh’s ads, shot by Marcelo Krasilcic in the Spring issue of Fantastic Man magazine.

Photo: Marcelo Krasilcic