Hello Kitty is so hot right now.
In a surprise to many, Japanese Vogue will feature the iconic feline as model for the autumn and winter lines of legendary fashion house Dior. As you probably know, magazines usually employ human beings to model the latest clothing lines, but this time Japan's most famous cartoon character has been deemed the right mammal for the job. The issue went on sale on April 26, but you have to be in Japan to buy it.
Hello Kitty has been a fashion icon for decades, gracing handbags, clothing, kids' jewelry, and much, much more. Her versatility is astounding (for evidence see the Sanrio company website). In the U.S., too, Hello Kitty has developed into a chic fashion statement, with the likes of Paris Hilton, Mariah Carey, and Christina Aguilera (among many, many others) sporting the Kitty's likeness in one way or another. And in Japan, Hello Kitty has attained near cult status. The notion that she's just for kids is long gone, with sales of Hello Kitty guitars and a Hello Kitty desktop vacuum cleaner as proof.
All that said, I still find Japanese Vogue's decision strange. It's one thing to see Hello Kitty on the side of a handbag, or on a necktie, or on a t-shirt. I could even get behind the guitar and the desktop vacuum cleaner. But if I'm interested in checking out the latest Dior fashions, I think I'd rather see how the clothes look on the human form rather than on the body of a cartoon kitty with a huge round head and no mouth. Of course, now that I think about it, I wouldn't even be talking about the latest Dior fashions or Japanese Vogue in the first place if not for Hello Kitty's involvement. It seems Japanese Vogue has won after all…
Now, please excuse me while I go order a pair of Hello Kitty socks.
Posted by: Adam