Best-dressed designer pets
LOU LOU ACRA
Reem Acra’s 12-year-old Maltese, Lou Lou, is no stranger to fashion, or the good life. The impeccably groomed grande dame has twice strolled the catwalk for Bergdorf Goodman’s Fashion’s Night Out and, when in Paris, enjoys drinking champagne at the Hotel Plaza Athenee. For Acra’s Spring 2014 line, the Lebanese designer had her feisty petit chien in mind, letting loose a glam, 70s-inspired collection with eveningwear dripping in opulent metallic lame, layers of sheer, polka-dotted tulle, and dressed-up houndstooth. According to Acra, Lou Lou “rules the house” whenever she’s away preparing for a show. Mais, bien sur!
Joseph Altuzarra, the French-American wunderkind behind his eponymous label, has won almost every major style award available, from the C.F.D.A./Vogue Fashion Fund Award in 2011 to the Woolmark Prize USA this past July. His adeptness showed in his recent collection, which displayed an all-American pragmatism with just enough of that perfectly undone French sex appeal. Throughout his design process, his five-year old, “independent” miniature Schnauzer, Bean, is always by his side, “keeping the studio in great spirits and surveying the collection as it’s coming along,” Altuzarra tells us. In return, the lucky girl gets to wear her dad’s designs. While Altuzarra says Bean typically dresses au naturel, she has a stylish custom Altuzarra parka to keep her warm.
“My name is Barnaby, and I’m a new member of the Victoria Beckham e-commerce team!” designer Victoria Beckham tweeted this May, in introduction of the newest member of her family, brown shar-pei Barnaby. Considering her line’s fantastic success this season, we’re hoping Barnaby got a nice raise.
These days Roberto Cavalli is rarely seen unaccompanied by his beloved three-year-old German shepherd Lupo, whom he describes as “loyal, attentive, loving, faithful, and determined” and who enjoys traveling, long walks in the park, playing with Roberto, and, of course, eating. If Lupo were a person, says Cavalli, he “would be Roberto Cavalli.”
ROCKY AND MYRTLE CHAPMAN
“Rocky is a lover of beauty products,” says Georgina Chapman, designer behind Marchesa (along with co-designer Keren Craig), of her 10-year-old Norfolk terrier. “He is very keen on makeup—especially my lip gloss, which he constantly gets into.” Her adopted, six-year-old mixed breed, Myrtle, also has a taste for the finer things in life, namely, her mother’s Chanel jacket. “According to her, not only does Chanel look good, but it tastes good too,” she told us, adding, “She ate my jacket last year!”
Thor Colovos is the “brooding” nine-year-old French bulldog of Michael and Nicole Colovos, the husband-and-wife design team behind Helmut Lang. “If dogs could talk, it would take a lot of the fun out of owning one,” the pair tells us, quoting Andy Rooney. Thor is described as Robert De Niro “canine-ified,” a stout dog who hates having his feet touched, finds inspiration in gargoyles and Gothic, and loves chasing balls. His favorite article of clothing is a black leather jacket (to match his dark coat, of course).
Mischa Drexler is the “feisty” six-year-old domestic long-haired daughter of Alex Mill designer Alex Drexler. Her passion, according to Drexler, is napping, preferably in a shoebox. “Like father, like daughter,” says Drexler, echoing the Alex Mill tagline. Drexler’s father, incidentally, is J. Crew C.E.O. Mickey Drexler. Last month, Alex opened his first stand-alone store featuring his impeccably detail-oriented Japanese-cotton button-downs. And yet he laments that Mischa still prefers her fur coat over anything he makes, aside from her flannel bed. Her motto? “Sleep is the world’s best stress reliever.”
“Coconut is kind of what keeps all of us together during Fashion Week,” says Alan Eckstein, co-designer of Timo Weiland (along with Weiland himself), about his dog’s calming effect. “We’ll all be stressed out, going a little crazy, and then Boom! Her cuteness takes over.” Coconut is a six-year-old mini-dachshund. Petite, spritely, and with a beautiful silver-dapple coat, she exemplifies what Weiland and Eckstein refer to as their “tomboy pretty girl” customer. They even named a best-selling sweater after her, featuring her pretty likeness on the front. It’s no wonder, then, that Coconut was listed as an inspiration for the Spring 2014 collection, a mix of ethereal, feminine pieces and American sportswear, all in cheerful prints and bold, graphic colors.
MOLLY, MONTY, MARGOT, MAUDE AND MAGGIE GARAVANI
As many New Yorkers are aware, when Valentino dines out, his pugs join him. Same goes for when he hops on his private jet or yacht, visits his château in France, or heads into the showroom, where the M5 have been known to help the models walk. “When we’re walking for our fittings, they walk alongside us,” model Coco Rocha has said. “They’re showing us how it’s done.” Even though Valentino has retired from designing, his pugs have continued to carry their fame. Ever since co-starring in the biopic Valentino: The Last Emperor (2009), they’ve inspired their own Twitter feeds and Facebook handles. They even have their own butler. Not to mention, they were well placed on Vanity Fair’s prestigious list of the World’s 28 Most Powerful Pups.
Bird Arnhold-Gordon is C.F.D.A./Vogue Fashion Fund finalist Wes Gordon’s one-year-old cockapoo, a “swimmer extraordinaire” who enjoys bun-less hamburgers from Walkers—her local spot—and chasing sheep at her farm in Roxbury, Connecticut. “Wes can get quite stressed during Fashion Week,” Arnhold-Gordon tells us. “So it’s my job to keep him smiling.” Bird helps with model castings and fittings. According to Gordon, her “perfect” white markings and chic, Bottega Veneta collar match seamlessly with the elegant, ladylike grunge of his new collection.