In case you didn't know, there's a fiercely hot and skinny-jean-tearingly hilarious (and wittily satirical) new blog on the Auckland scene. The one and only Zumi Reely of A Fashion Loaf. Fashionista and Top Cat Model Zumi shares her style, her famous friends and her killer editorial work. The leggy, witty babe kindly answered some questions for me on her favorite designers magazines and trends - and how rewarding her blog is.
...Sending this to you from my hotel room at the Ritz; gotta go to the launch party of RiCato Tisci for H&M now!! Meow xx
Why did you decide to start a blog? You’re in such a perfect position since your sooo hot in the industry.
OMG! I love blogging! I started this blog because I want the whole world to know that cats have a voice too. And so being a fashionable cat, I decided to merge my love of fashion and art into one cat blog extravaganza. We are nothing without thespiritual hologram of who we perceive ourselves to be. When you're lonely, I'll be lonely too, and this is Fashionloaf. Love, Fashion and art! Meow x
2. Who are your favorite NZ designers?
I love Katren Walker, TwentySevenCats, Kat Sylvester, Stolen Kittens Club, SalasaiCat, Lonely Feline Hearts, RubyCat, Zambesi Cat … Amazing. Amazing! They just need to send me more free clothes. I’m a slender cat size 0, F.Y.I. xx
3. How about overseas designers?
Too many, that’s like asking a fat person what their favourite takeaway meal is… I loive them all! And all for different reasons pookie. But If I had to name a few I’d probably say RiCato Tisci for GivenchyCat; MarCat Jacobs is a genius and Phoebe Meowlo for CelineCat. Tres chic!
4. What trends do you think are so hot right now?
Animal prints, especially cat prints a la Miu Miu Fall 2010…amazing!!!
5. What trend would you never do?
I would never wear real fur. Faux fur all the way babes!!
6. Who are your style icons and muses?
My styles changes from day to day depending on my mood, but I love girls that are sassy and have a sexual wardrobe to boot like Hilary Banks from Fresh Prince Of Bel Air; Mary Cherry from Popular; Jem and the Holograms and The Misfits; Regina George and ‘The Plastics’ from Mean Girls; Fran Fine; Minnie, the old landlady in Rosemary’s Baby; Amber Mariens fromClueless; Blossom; Kimmy Gibbler from Full House; Denise from The Cosby Show; Christina Aguilera circa 2002 (Stripped);Britney circa 2000 (Oops! I did It Again); Cheryl Cole; and last but not least my gurrrl Lady Gaga. I love her emotional connection to fashion.
7. Any local figures who are style inspirations?
What has been your high point in the industry so far?
Oh look babsey there’s too many. I’ve worked with the very best. Being shot by Meowio Testino for US Cat Vogue was an amazing high; walking 70 shows for Paris and Milan Cat Fashion weeks; starting my blog has been an amazing and humbling journey. The best is yet to come. I have a coffee book table coming out soon called Intimately Zumi- A Definitive Guide To Cat Modeling; a reality TV show called Zumi’s Gay BFF and a new line of cat fashions that I am working with some of my cat model friends.
What’s your opinion of the way NZ women (and/or men) dress?
When I’m having creative meetings with my creative friends I like to go to Dizengoff on Ponsonby road where I order a soy trim double shot latte and I take a couple of bites from their amazing gluten free muffins. I also love going to Clooney’s with my girlfriends for some vodka laced milk cocktails and playing with the fringe curtains; and Coco’s Cantina makes the most amazing fish of the day. OMG and I can't forget SPQR!! Delish! Love you Nay Nay!!
American Vogue vs. Vogue Paris?
Ohhh you’re naughty! Hmmm I love Carine so I would have to say Paris. They have booked me for their offshoot magazine Paris Cat Vogue numerous times and they took me on when no one else wanted me. I will always feel indebted to the Paris Vogueteam. J’aime les chats qui vivent a la mode en France! Meow. x
1 Karl or Marc?
Ohh! Rag Ponies you did not just take it there! Hmm Karl definitely for his sense of humour. Fashion needs a sense of humor which is partly why I do what I do, and Karl is such an inspiration to me. I love Marc, but he married that douche bag Lorenzo, so he’s not going to get a Christmas card from me this year.
1 What blogs do you like to read?
I read Rag Ponies of course! And all the other one’s; Blion Boy's and Susie Cubble's and Cat and Jil's are really good because it keeps me on top of the Zumi brand with all that fashion business news. And Tommy always takes my picture when I'm making my way into the shows!!
1 What do you think sets Fashion Loaf apart from the other blogs out there?
I would think it is different because even though I have an aching passion for fashion, I know how to have fun and not take myself so seriously.
1 Goals for the future?
I don’t really live for the future, I live for now and everything I do I do it with poise, style and grace, even when I’m climbing up trees being chased by elephants for a Pirelli Calender; or wearing two pairs of 8 inch Louboutins on a cobble stone street in Milan in the middle of Winter for a FendiCat shoot with Karl… Zumi lives for the moment. The future really means building up the Zumi empire and releasing a whole bunch of Zumi merchandise. You only live once. Although cats do have 9 lives. I’m just beginning… xx
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