Attach two small, pointed feline ears to the top of anything and the transformation is instant. Ever wondered why?

Cat’s prowl. They stalk. They can purr with a quiet, knowing satisfaction or with a low rumble of just-try-me. Unlike human follies, feline error always lands on its feet. These things are all the strengths of association. They’re why we see cat-like details as powerfully seductive and dangerous, yet maddeningly sweet. You don’t have to be a cat-lover to make those mental associations.

And so we get to this shoot from Glamour Spain. Model Luize Salmgrieze is cat woman, cat burglar, sex kitten. Unlike the bunny ears that were such a trend a few years ago, the cat ears lick clean the whimsical quirk and replace it with an injection of vintage cool. Mapi Vidal’s styling could’t hit the nail more precisely on the head: it’s swinging ’60s meets decidedly modern and it’s the kind of subtle thematic styling that you don’t have to save for halloween.

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Luize Salmgrieze: Glamour Spain December '11
Luize Salmgrieze: Glamour Spain December '11
Luize Salmgrieze: Glamour Spain December '11
Luize Salmgrieze: Glamour Spain December '11
Luize Salmgrieze: Glamour Spain December '11
Luize Salmgrieze: Glamour Spain December '11
Luize Salmgrieze: Glamour Spain December '11
Luize Salmgrieze: Glamour Spain December '11
Luize Salmgrieze: Glamour Spain December '11
Luize Salmgrieze: Glamour Spain December '11
Luize Salmgrieze: Glamour Spain December '11
Luize Salmgrieze: Glamour Spain December '11
Luize Salmgrieze: Glamour Spain December '11

Against the feminine frills and cat eye glasses, leopard prints and lace gloves – Salmgrieze’s killer fringed red hair and perfectly applied chatoyant liquid liner all come together into a perfect whole.

Just like I said: powerfully seductive, yet maddeningly sweet.

Photographed by Alice Rosati for the December issue of Glamour Spain, you can view the full shoot by clicking on the gallery above.

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Some people's wardrobes are about a small selection of pieces that all fit within one aesthetic - Tania Braukamper isn't such a person. With a wardrobe that spans three different rooms, her approach to fashion is a mixture of current-season key pieces mixed with vintage finds she's sourced on innumerous shopping trips around the world's more cultured capitals. Despite a disparate approach to shopping, Tania is adamant that the key to mixing vintage with new season is to stick to key looks and colours that work for oneself. And it's a theory that she works into her writing for Fashionising.com, where she serves as the publication's Editor.