September 13, 2013

The talented and the restless. Stories from the ultra competitive world of designer’s pets

Valentino Garavani pugs

The world of top designer pets is just as fantastic like a fairytale land populated with as much creative imagination as with untamed love! Yet just like in any story, intrigue is something we’re never short of…

When it comes to numbers, the leading patriarch is Valentino Garavani. His 11 pugs are the fiercest fashion army/police. And it looks like the little ones are not just fiercely adorable but also fiercely critical. Probably it is with the models that they weren’t fully satisfied, because the designs of the proud daddy of eleven-tuplets are just beyond the whim of any puppy!

And if this kingdom were to have a princess, there in no other fairer than Choupette Lagerfeld. Princess by birth – Kaiser Karl Lagerfeld is her very proud daddy – and princess by attitude. And proof we have to spare: the Choupette exclusive interviews given by her careful parent to Harper’s Bazaar, features in V, i-D, Vanity Fair and a Vogue cover!, over 32 000 Twitter and almost 10 000 Facebook followers, her very own Wikipedia article dignifying headings such as Work for Chanel and Online personality and media appearances, as well as plenty of rumours concerning an alleged allergy to Chanel No. 5 – all arduously followed by Manolo Blahnik, the mentioned Valentino and Bergdorf Goodman among many many others!

It might be that nothing is more important to Choupette than her own fur and no one as dear as Karl, but Neville Jacobs, the pup no. 1 on planet fashion, does give her chills. And it might be not just in anger! If only they didn’t come from so different worlds, of so different species…

Bold Neville is just as street savvy in rough New York City as he likes to explore his more artistic side. A side that Marc Jacobs and model after model have all fallen for at countless studio, shooting and odd fashion event appearances he’s made a splash at.

And I have a feeling that delicate Choupette isn’t all that oblivious of his American charm as some might have it! Even more so as a possible union of their two empires would have Neville’s own 11 000 followers coming suit. If only they didn’t belong to fashion worlds apart…

Audrey Versace

Meanwhile, some of the other contenders to the top crown have discretely and efficiently done their work! Audrey Versace, for instance, already has her own throne. Or maybe more than one, depending on the accessories she’s wearing…

Donna Karan Steph

Not even Donna Karan’s dog is all that modest. And why should he be? Only equal rights with a top designer can really satisfy him!

Carolina Herrera dog

And what about Carolina Herrera? One of her dogs is in all family portraits, while little poodle Gaspar has already been immortalised in an original Herrera print and had his share of Bergdorf Goodman glory!

Vera Wang dogs

Vera Wang, next to Cooper, Sam, Lucy, Lola and Frankie is also having a go at the place so far held by Valentino and his 11. It’s a wild wild world!

Roberto Cavalli Lupo

And it really was time for someone to be able to set things straight in this dizzying whirl of talent, affection, ego and pampering! Roberto Cavalli and Lupo are on call!


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