Somebody’s Watching Me

“I think someone is spying on you,” said my creative director D____, as she tossed the Barney’s New York 2010 Fall Catalog on my desk. We’d just spent lot of together shooting in LA and my love of cats was no secret. In fact, it was the source of much entertainment (at my expense) on-set.

Barney's New York Walter PfeifferAs I flipped through the pages of the fashion CATalog and read the story accompanying the beautiful photos taken by Walter Pfeiffer, I had to admit some of the storyline sounded familiar (check out the links I embedded to IHC posts). I couldn’t find out who wrote the imaginative storyline, probably some under-appreciated staff writer. Maybe single women with cats were finally coming into fashion.

So for those of you who haven’t seen it, here’s what you missed.  What do you think? Do you see the similarities?


“Apartments were harder to find than a good boyfriend. I was surprised when I stumbled upon such a cool pad. It was almost as if nobody wanted it.

It was in the middle of the afternoon, maybe two or three days after moving in, that I first noticed the cat. I never questioned his presence. I never even bothered to give him a name.

Walter Pfeiffer

He liked to watch me primp. It was almost as if he wanted to approve my dress, to bless my tresses. I never told him that I loved him. I was worried that if I did, then he would leave me, like all the boys before him.

Then I began to notice things. Strange things. Food bowls untouched. Kitty –litter no smell.

I called my great-aunt Cecelia. She has a way with cats. Always had.

Walter PfeifferI described my mysterious fury friend in detail. My great-aunt said that she needed to do a little psychic research before making a diagnosis. She would be in touch. Two days later a later a letter arrived.

My Dearest Niece,

I am perplexed by your feline conundrum. I have no good advice other than to suggest that you try the following: on the next full moon take your cat to a cozy corner. Place him on your lap and tell him you love him.

Good Luck!
Great Aunt Cecelia

Tell the cat I love him? Sounds easy enough, dear reader. But not for me, I trembled at the thought.

Walter Pfeiffer

On the next full moon I prep’d and primped all afternoon. I wanted to look beautiful for the cat.  “I LOVE YOU!” I screamed!

When I opened my eyes, the cat had vanished. For the next few days I walked and walked. I was torn between melancholy and exhaustion.

I had fallen in love, and declared that love…and had lost that love. But I could not be angry. The object of my love was now free.

Walter Pfeiffer

The cat was a phantom. The ghost of a love-sick spirit…trapped in limbo. I had set him free, but at what cost? I was alone again.

That night I dreamt I was a mad cat lady bicycling around town trying to catch strays in my basket.

The next morning…Meow! Meow! Meow! Meow! The End.

PS – Be careful what you wish for.”

Walter Pfeiffer

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  • First IKEA, now Barney’s – apparently marketers are catching on that cat people are a force to be reckoned with!

    • I HAVE CAT

      Hear hear! Thanks Ingrid, for being a loyal IHC reader and for taking the time to comment and sharing great articles with me 🙂

  • super creative! Loved it!!!

    Photos were fantastic!

    • I HAVE CAT

      Fun right? Thanks for commenting Caren.

      • I HAVE CAT

        So very very true! Thanks for visiting IHC and for taking the time to comment!

  • Misaa


    • I HAVE CAT

      Hey lady! It’s been too long! Hope all is well. I do think I MUST have been their inspiration don’t you? 🙂

  • Oh, I see Ingrid’s comment – don’t forget about Mac – they are doing cats this season too! The perfect accessory for any occasion (gosh, I hope we don’t see the likes of Paris Hilton carrying them around in their purses!)

    • I HAVE CAT

      Me too! Poor kitty!
      I do think cats are VERY in-season 🙂

  • jmuhj

    YES!!! After having vile (dogs) shoved down our collective throats by a totally clueless mainstream media, at long last, they are getting what the industry used to know for yonks: that cats, with their gorgeous looks and captivating personalities, sell stuff, and that cat lovers, far from being the vilified, derided weirdos that same media was insisting we are, are actually the coolest, most in-the-know and fashionable folks there are!

    • I HAVE CAT

      So true! Cat lovers CAN care about fashion!

  • Amy Roach

    Loved it and yes I think you may have a stalker.
    I think cats are always in fashion

    • I HAVE CAT

      I agree Amy!

  • Seriously…what is cooler and more fashionable than a cat? I love it!

    • I HAVE CAT

      Woman who LOVE cats, of course!

  • Cats are natural models but Barney’s has used them as props. They have ripped off the Lanvin campaign from last year as well! I would have though that they would have been a tad more original with the use of cats in their “cat”alogue

    • I HAVE CAT

      Now I have to find this Lanvin campaign! The only thing that would make me happier is if they used SHELTER pets and then put contact info so people could adopt them!

  • chuck

    the model is clearly nothing w/o the cat

  • This was pawesome, the photos are fabulous!
    Thank you.


    • I HAVE CAT

      I was so excited when I saw it! 🙂

  • MyKinKStar

    SHAME on Fendi for using a cat as a prop in their ad, AND putting a “Sheared Mink, Russian Sable, and Persian Lamb Patchwork Vest” on their model. DISGUSTING!

    • I HAVE CAT

      Hi MyKinKStar – Oh no – is there FUR in this catalog? I didn’t even notice and I don’t eat meat! :0

      • MyKinKStar

        The quote I noted is from the picture – the model’s legs are up and the is cat sitting on the bottoms of her boots. IF it’s possible, the cost of this fur vest is EVEN MORE DISGUSTING . . .

  • What a cool idea. Although, the kitties do take the focus away from the models somewhat… 🙂

    • I HAVE CAT

      Who needs models! LOL! Thanks for visiting and commenting! Be sure to visit us on FB too and to sign up for our email updates!
      THANKS! Tamar