The Cat And The Phat

Lei Chic Halloween is right around the corner and you’ve got your “flirty feline” costume at the ready. Fishnet stockings, leopard print leotard, thigh-high patent leather boots and studded wristlets — hello kitty indeed.

And then? Your boss sends out a memo announcing a Halloween spirit contest — ghoulish attire required. You take paws. There is no way that “somewhat-bondage-inspired-sex-kitten” should make an appearance. Forget catching a tiger by its toe, the only thing you’ll be catching is a pink slip.

Show you’re a cool cat (and an office-appropriate one at that) with a macabre hair clip from Catwings Couture. Made by Miss Catwings, local burlesque diva and one of the Cherry Blossom Cabaret’s managers, her pieces perfectly blend the feminine (silk flowers, polka dot prints, lace and feathers) with the sinister (skeleton hands and skulls).

Full of whimsy with just a touch of sadistic humor, each hair clip is totally unique and an instant conversation starter. Recent pieces include a bat-inspired 50s style hat, a delicate orchid hair clip topped with a plastic crouching sniper toy, and, of course, the line’s signature skeleton hand clips.

Miss Catwings even does custom orders, and will happily work with you to make a piece you’ll adore.

So you can look like the pick-of-the-litter, without getting cat-called to the HR office.

Catwings Couture is available at Shop, Bop and Grind every First Friday, Slow Art Friday’s every third Friday, and at Catherine’s Closet, 125 Merchant Street, Honolulu. For info, email