Dazed and Confused: Animal Attraction

Posted on May 04, 2012

Darlings, here’s your daily pretty to see you off into the weekend. With extra added kitty bonus. There aren’t enough fashion editorials with bitchy-looking cats in them, we say. Probably because they can wipe the floor with any model who tries to outdo them in the “bored and over it” facial expression sweepstakes.

Dazed & Confused April 2012 Issue
Editorial: “Animal Attraction”
Photographer: Jeff Bark
Model: Bette Franke
Stylist: Katie Shillingford
Hair and Makeup: Rick Gradone

Needed more kitty.


[Photo Credit: Jeff Bark for dazeddigital.com via models.com]

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  • Jo Miller

    I’m glad the cats weren’t dyed to match the model.

  • http://www.facebook.com/whats.a.razvan Razvan Matei Dobre

    for an editorial titled Animal Attraction there were barely any animals or animal prints even in it. they have like 3 shots with a cat. needed more pussies :)

  • joe_tey83

    Definitely too few kitty.

  • butterflysunita

    That cat deserves better.  

  • Jo Miller

    I want a kitty-shaped sleep mask, as in the sixth photo down.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Lucía-Gavello/1253586868 Lucía Gavello

      So cute!

  • JasmineAM

    Needs more kitties (and cowbell).

  • hughman

    Kitten With A Nip

  • http://teabagsinfusion.blogspot.com/ Laura Toepfer

    And this? This? is what you leave us with until you’re back from a weekend full of brunching and whatnot?  This?  I’ll be turning to Bill Cunningham in my hour of need.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jahna.peloquin Jahna Peloquin

    It’s CATOURE! Sorry, had to say it…

  • girliecue

    Cats invented Bitchface. My late cat, Diva, reminded me of that daily. I pity the poor model who thinks any attention will be paid to her at all if there’s a cat in the frame.

    • makeityourself

      You are so right.  I didn’t even look at the clothes.  I am a relatively new cat owner and the two Siberians I “own” (what a joke) would be so bored at this photo session they would be yawning.

      • kimmeister

        I didn’t look at the clothes either!  I kept on looking for the beautiful kitty.

      • girliecue

        My girl cat is a Siberian! They’re known for unusual meows. She calls me “Mama” – it is ridiculously cute and she gets whatever she wants whenever she does that. Do your cats have unusual meows?

        • makeityourself

          They are very quiet. They do cry, sort of, when they are sad, but that’s about it. They are funny as can be and fill our family with joy.
          Sent from Anne’s iPhone, so if there are crazy misspelled words, you will know why.

  • http://twitter.com/lenabena_ Elena

    Kitty! More editorials should have kitties.

  • holdmewhileimnaked

    you got that right:
    but the cat that is there is even better than the shoes! & the shoes are really great! at least fourth from the bottom & the last ones! which are probably not even real shoes! though that is a real cat! thank heavens!

    [panspottia & ultraliz say have a happy weekend to anyone who wants to hear it. i think, that is.]

    • MilaXX

       Aloysious is too bored to care how anyone’s weekend is, but Mila meows Hi!

    • http://twitter.com/foodycatAlicia foodycatAlicia

      Urchin hasn’t woken up yet, but she usually has a lot to say when she does. It’s shedding season and personally I would be keeping her a long way from couture!

  • Kate4queen


  • SpcilK

    Poor kitties!

  • BuffaloBarbara

    Why is the model trying to get intimately close to the china cabinet?  I mean, is she trying to put away the good china somehow?

    There definitely should be more kitties, but a few is good.  They do quite outshine the models in the attitude department, don’t they?

    • jabes

      It looked to me like she was going to pee on the china cabinet.  Very strange.

    • TonyGo

      Looks like the robot that humps the washing machine from “Robot Chicken”.

  • http://www.facebook.com/home.php?sk=lf UltimaEsperenza

    Pastel dreamy.  Love it.

  • Laylalola

    This is in the same vein as those nutso Victoria’s Secret butterfly-and-fairy-wings sparkley colorful underthings idea of an adult woman’s fantasies (the fluffy cats are a hilarious addition to the genre). 

  • hmariec19


  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=677547537 John Hodgins

    “There aren’t enough fashion editorials with bitchy-looking cats in them.”  I tend to disagree.  Oh, wait, you said cats, not models.

  • Lina_bee

    *creeped out*  The 7-year-old next door wears has some outfits VERY much like some of these. That and the whole little girl pink infusion, butterflies, tutus, child’s bed, etc…with a random flat-chested (like a child) nudie shot? God, they’re not even trying to disguise this creepazoid fantasy. Blech.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/W7A5N4G7FDTV5U2KOHBVSB55XI Basket

       Exactly.  Using an adult model makes it “acceptable” kiddie porn.  Ewww.

  • Lina_bee

    *creeped out*  The 7-year-old next door wears has some outfits VERY much like some of these. That and the whole little girl pink infusion, butterflies, tutus, child’s bed, etc…with a random flat-chested (like a child) nudie shot? God, they’re not even trying to disguise this creepazoid fantasy. Blech.

  • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

    Beautiful and dreamlike. But oddly misnamed. Not enough animal to justify the title.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_2CNDPMVO4W23R5TVC2QMTJ5BZE Heather

    I like the kitties, but otherwise these creep me out. The model standing against the wicker cabinet appears to be… rubbing herself. Like Betty Draper on the washing machine, but these models are initialized to the point that it seems disturbing, not sexy.

  • pippitypup

    And you two say you don’t like pussy. 

  • PRFan

    Man, that was all icky except for the cats. 

  • PRFan

    Hee, hee – I just noticed the photographer’s name was Jeff Bark.

  • MilaXX

    Yup, needs more kitty. BTW did you guys see that poor 37pound cat? Poor thing can’t even walk.

    • JCornforth

      The good news is that the Meow is now getting help he needs to lose weight & find a forever home.

      • MilaXX

        Poor meow passed away over the weekend.

        • JCornforth

          RIP sweet Meow.  Sad, sad story.

  • http://www.facebook.com/stelladallas Alice Dennard

    Agreed. More kittens please.

  • kingderella

    the kitty is a nice touch, but overall, this is not doing it for me.

    i understand that editorials dont necessarily need to “show” the garments (since 99% of the readership cant afford them anyway). but i think the clothes should at least contribute significantly to the ‘feel’ of the pictures. here, i feel the lighting and make-up is doing ALL the work. those pictures would ‘feel’ the same, no matter what clothes the models wearing.

  • Scarlet39

    The cat looks embarrassed to be there.  There should be a black bar over its eyes to conceal its identity

  • CozyCat

    My cats could do better….

  • Deedles

    Does that four-poster bed have *a-hem* “massagers” as finials?

    • snarkykitten

       I think you’re right :O

  • quiltrx

    The makeup kind of veers into nightmare-fodder territory, but the pictures are pretty cool.  I especially like the record player one.

  • Verascity

    I know you boys are over Photoshop comments, but the Photoshop in that picture with the plastic hoodie/jacket is MESSED. UP. She has no knees!

    • holdmewhileimnaked

      no knees?

  • http://twitter.com/LianaBrooks Liana Brooks

    Inspired by Effie Trinket from the Hunger Games? 

  • E_bee

    I kept looking to see if there was a cat hiding in each picture, like Waldo.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/K3O2QNXDJIU3AJINAGNJRYWDZ4 mrspotts66

    i really don’t think i’m meant for high-end photo spreads.
    i keep trying to understand them.
    should have had more cats…then it would have made sense.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Patrick-Cleary/1201575213 Patrick Cleary

    I don’t know what I’m seeing and it scares me a little…but kitties! Yay!

  • ccm800

    nipples are SO edgy (yawn)

  • http://twitter.com/TMamBo Therese Bohn

    Daily pretty? More like daily CREEPY!  No thanks, I’d rather look at Random Cat of the Day.

  • Zippypie

    EW.  Serious creepola sexualized little girl nastiness.  And definitely NOT enough KITTEH.  Actually, in that last photo, Kitteh looks like she wants to flee the premises.  Pleeeeease!

  • tonibaloney

    What is HAPPENING in the first pic? Where is her arm? Why is it all stretched out and weird? Nightmare fodder.

  • formerlyAnon

    Cat & lighting: of interest. 

    Rest: obscured or not of interest.

  • guest2visits

    Pretty model. Love the pastel Marie Antionette hair and make-up. The clothing is lost in the haze.
    Confused: yes.  Dazed: no.

  • http://twitter.com/londonpenguin Teresa M.

    How come the kitty doesn’t get a credit? S/he’s clearly the star of the shoot.

  • ElitheMonkey

    Less model, more kitty. 

  • Susan Crawford

    Kitteh sez, “I can haz own fashun editoryal, pleeze?”

  • http://phantomminuet.blogspot.com/ MinAgain

    I’m not sure the cats actually added very much to the editorial.

  • Lisa

    Oh, I love this – everything about it!  But you are right – every picture should have had a fashion cat in it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1091753514 Kelli Anderson Taylor

    Why is she humping that wicker cabinet? 
    Definitely needed more kitty.

  • Judy_J

    Beautiful cat.

  • snarkykitten

    Less creepy child allusions please

  • greyhoundgirl

    Just last night I was humping my curio cabinet and sleeping in my roller skates!

    • TieDye64

      And I thought I was the only one.

  • Aurumgirl

    A little girl’s nightmare, plus it imitates America’s Next Top Model. 

    • Pennymac

      Seeing this made me think that weird crap on ANTM is not too far off……

  • http://twitter.com/Merneith Merneith

    Totally needs more kitty.  And honestly, this was dumber than some of the ANTM “fashion” shoots I’ve seen.

  • OwnsHairlessCats

    Epidermis and Atrichia, who eschew clothing (or pesky fur for that matter), feel that the editorial would have been enhanced with the addition of naked cats, possibly adorned with jewelry. Just sayin…

  • marilyn

    Hideous.  Nipple alert.

  • another_laura

    I’m with you, TLo – needed more kitty. meh editorial

  • http://www.celestiae.net Isy

    In that seventh photo, model looks like she just got caught doing something naughty to that cupboard. 😐

  • http://g00.me/7k << Work at home, $60/h, link

     No more important duty can be urged upon those who
    are entering the great theater of life than simple loyalty to their best

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1313126032 Ajuna Ariel Fenty

    batshit crazy

  • http://twitter.com/SamH4Prez Samantha

    Looks like an installation/performance/video piece I’d see at art school.

  • jjfg

    Yep, needed more kitty.

  • TheAutisticStepmom

    “Here.  Hump this China cabinet.”

    • sleah_in_norcal

      and then pour this hot fudge sundae over your head.

  • sleah_in_norcal

    one weird and prurient editorial.  what’s not to love?  more pussycats, please.  would like to see attribution for the clothing designers. as in, wtf is she wearing?

  • http://frankbettecenter.org/ susan lea hackett

    sleah here.  just trying out my first avatar ever!

  • Pinup Ghoul

    I immediately thought, “SHABLAYUM! Bitch Pudding!”
    It’s nice to see some ACTUAL Bitter Kittens on this site for once!

    I need that pink dress with the blue gingham jacket, and the exposed-boning full corset.

  • momogus

    “Dazed and Confused” indeed.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_2B6U4UNVYIV5DLEG6Z24ALYOC4 Dan Alexander

    It’s so sad that in the day and age that women with curves are nowhere to be seen except on the occasional “Plus Size” collection catwalk. These thin models look very unhealthy it’s scary. I miss the curves of Marilyn Monroe, Liz Taylor and Jane Russell. These woman would be considered plus size I guess, but what a beautiful and sexy group of ladies.

  • howdoilook

    agreed on the “needed more kitty.” however, the girl covered in sundae is still servin’ it up and giving good face. pretty impressive.

  • saanrio

    The cats (of which there were not enough) stole the shoot.  

  • http://www.facebook.com/izzzyy Dixie Murphy Ross

    I feel misled. Way too little kitty.