A successful Paris Fashion Week it is not without the token image of Catherine Baba, the queen of turbans peddling through Place Vedome, rue Fracois 1er or the Tuileries clad in several layers of clothing that don’t match, inapproriately large sunglasses, and Yves Saint Laurent’s latest shoe.
Man Repeller Style Icon: Catherine Baba
above images via Tommy Ton
image via Mr Newton
It therefore should be no surprise that Baba would be second feature as Man Repeller Style Icon. It wasn’t until I saw her a few weeks ago that this dawned on me. I was leaving the New School computer lab, because that’s what students do: they hang out at computers labs, when I spotted her walking across 13th St. She was of course, wearing the staple turban, sunglasses after dark, more makeup than a face should see before 6PM and a heavy fur coat, despite the climate conditions--it was a prime example of global warming robbing our asses of transition seasons. What really struck me though, is that she was talking to herself, no blue tooth or companion in sight. It was then that I realized I might be in love with her. I’m not gay. Cue the kook.
image via Trend Land
In any case, this calls for a virtual journey through photo land. Join me in celebrating one of Man Repeller’s finest offenders as we seek inspiration and perhaps place bets on the status of her sex life. Or rather, lack thereof.
image via Rock and Fiocc
I call this one: tribal mating call. Hold the mating. I wondered what her actual eyes looked like considering the fact they are often masked by enormous sunnies. Now however, I wonder, where be her eyebrows? And should I shave mine off?
image via Jak&Jil;
“Guess what I wear as a hat? A (black) lentil!” Most avant-gardists choose to dye their hair blue in an effort to keep up with the times, Lady Baba, however, opts to wear blue hair (tassles. How royal pillow legit) in her ears.
image via Jule of the Nile
I call this one, mushroom chic. This calls for a fun game of “can you find my neck?”
image via Shoot the Breeze
This is a perfect example of how to turn a Man Getter into a Man Repeller. Even her cleavage and liquid leggings can’t save the situation at hand. It’s the combination of accessories, bright red lips and suede fringed slash fur poncho that make her a sex stop sign.
image via Sea of Black
I speculate the theme of this outfit was Wild Thornberrys chic. Safari hat, check. Utility trousers, check. Awkward jacket tied around waist a la 1992, check.
…in case you needed a visual re: my Nickelodeon Wild Thornberrys reference.
Moving forward. I imagine after
skimming through thoroughly reading the CatBaba style-line, you’re itching (in yo’pants) to try some of the trends yourself. Fear not, this is where I come in because you too can get the look.
And just a word from the wise: it ain’t proper Baba protocol if you’re not talking to yourself, so exercise them jaw muscles and let your freak flag
Turban: Missoni, Sunnies: Tom Ford, Cape: Matthew Williamson, Pumps: YSL, Sweater: Uniqlo, Skirt: Topshop, Tights: Modcloth.
Work it, girlfriend. Or boyfriend. I don’t judge.