Street Style From This Weekend's CatCon Meet-Up

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On the last weekend in June, cat lovers united at The Reef to attend the second annual CatConLA: an event notably lacking in actual cats. It wasn’t a completely dry weekend — VIPs like Pudge and Lil Bub made appearances, as did a crop of adoptable kittens — but the majority of CatCon attendees were rocking flesh, not fur.

Wasted Instagram opportunity? Not if you’re into cat couture. Refinery29 talked to some of the most spirited CatCon-ers about what they (and some of their smuggled-in felines) wore.
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Laura’s handcrafted CatCon dress made up for the lack of actual felines. “It took a few months [to create]. It’s made out of some woodblock cats that I had printed on fabric and stuffed. It’s cruelty-free; people have asked."
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Marley bought his shirt at the convention, but you shouldn’t question his dedication to the paws (um, cause?): “I’m here because I’m a cat lover. I grew up with cats; we adopted many strays, as well as cats that we’ve found.”
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"I’ve never been without them! We have four cats at home."
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Jasmine is a self-described crazy cat lady whose eyeliner game rivaled that of Kat Von D’s CatCon beauty bar.
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It's a purr-se! (We know we shouldn't, but it's too hard not to.)
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Margie, a quilter, made her skirt in about an hour. “It didn’t take that long because I didn’t know what I was doing. If I knew what I was doing, it would’ve been more detailed, maybe? And it would probably fit better."
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Her stuffed cat was rocking a wig from Cushzilla, which she borrowed from her real cat. “My kitty does kitty cosplay, and this is actually his Effie Trinket hat. I didn’t bring the whole costume.”
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The hills have eyes (and also are made of cats).
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Ava found out about CatCon on Instagram. “I follow way too many cats on Instagram. My favorites are Cole and Marmalade. They’re British, and I think Marmalade just got over cancer. It’s a very inspiring story!”
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Jen runs the Instagram account My Cat Kyle. Kyle, a rescue, was adopted by Jen after a fatal domestic-violence dispute left him homeless. My Cat Kyle was at CatCon to fund-raise for Red Rover, which cares for animals in crisis.
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Icarus snuck into CatCon with help from her owner, Tallulah. “I didn’t know you couldn’t bring cats!” she said.
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Michelle found out about CatCon from her husband, who stood in line with her to meet and greet Nala.
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Says Michelle, “We have two cats, Penny Lane and Holiday.”
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Ariana is a mother to two cats, Sebastian and Mona...
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...and a badass pair of leggings.
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Lewin was visiting from Florida when he heard about CatCon and figured, why not?
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That's dedication.
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Karen came to CatCon to show love for her favorite animal, even though she won’t own one anytime soon: “I had a cat growing up and my family has a couple, but my apartment doesn’t allow them. I’m also allergic to them now…but I still love them!”
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Logan is dad to two cats, Jane and Paris.
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Tammy’s shirt is vintage CatCon — she got it from the conference last year. “It was designed by a tattoo artist.”
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Marilyn poses in her CatBat shirt.
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Debbie owns four cats: Gypsy, Lucky, Iris, and Cammy.
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That's a lot of cat.
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Pudge was one of the few cats to grace CatCon. She’s pictured here with her owner, Kady, after a long weekend of meet-and-greets and panels.
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Hey, Pudge.
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