Model Bella Hadid walking the runway during the Alberta Ferretti show during Milan Fashion Week in a positively bewitching ensemble worthy of Cat Nights. Model Bella Hadid walking the runway during the Alberta Ferretti show during Milan Fashion Week in a positively bewitching ensemble worthy of Cat Nights.

In Cat Night terms, it’s the witching hour.

Yesterday, we took a closer look at the history cats have played in ancient cultures. But what about witches themselves? They’re just as much a part of Cat Nights as cats are.

Just the word “witch” conjures up different images, depending on who you’re talking to. Most people probably picture a woman dressed in black, wearing a cape and a pointy hat, maybe with a few warts and a lopsided smile. The Salem witch trials come to mind, as do Shakespearean figures gathered around a bubbling cauldron.

Maybe you picture The Wicked Witch of the West from The Wizard of Oz. (Which, by the way, was released on August 25, 1939  — during Cat Nights. Coincidence?!) Or maybe you instantly think of Hermione Granger from Harry Potter.  Just these two fictional characters demonstrate the wide variety of depictions of witches in popular culture. A common theme, though, is that witches are either to be feared or respected, or both. They’re capable of doing immense harm and immense good.

 

Either way, the distinguishing factor that makes a witch a witch is that she has some sort of terrific power. That’s one of the reasons why witches are so important in feminism and also in the fashion cosmorama. Now, you don’t need a cape or a funky hat or green makeup to make a fashion statement about girl power. But hey, it’s Cat Nights! So here’s a fun collection of clothing designed to cast a spell on any passerby who has an appreciation for spooky style at its finest. And remember, Halloween’s just around the corner. — jas