The Outrageous World of Canine Couture


The absurdity of dressing up dogs for a fashion show set in last Friday. I heard myself asking my seamstress whether my Malti-pom’s (maltese-pomeranian) satin-lined capelet needed to be taken in an extra inch to “flatter her figure” while I gently tried to coax Parker, my male shi tzu, into his custom made hoodie.  Even more surreal was the fact that that I was wired to a mic and being filmed by the Discovery Channel.  The topic of the as-yet-to-be-sold one hour television special is the fashion show that my dogs will be a part of in a few short weeks.

If you thought the world of human fashion could be outrageous, you’re about to have your mind blown. The world of dog fashion can be just as extreme, if not more so.  It’s a whole new breed of luxury.  There’s even an official Pet Fashion Week in New York.  We’ve all heard stories of millionaires leaving their fortunes to their fox terrier or the mansion in Mailbu passed down to the beloved labradoodle but what about primping dogs with a diamond slathered tiara or a haute-couture canine track suit for when your pup is just lounging poolside. Indulge with me as we peek into the shiny, glamourous world (as well as insanely over-the-top) of high-end dog fashion:

Vivenne Westwood’s couture ‘spring jacket’ is made from white diamonds and small sapphires and will set you back about $5,000.  

Roberto Cavalli tops my list of favorites in canine couture.  While his line of dog fashion is more reasonably priced, the designs themselves seem wholly inspired by living in the lap of luxury.

For those who like to keep it Americana, Ralph Lauren has you covered for those warm balmy summer nights around the fire hydrant.

Let’s face it, since the dawn of time dogs have been wearing baseball caps so why not make it Gucci.

Juicy Couture has a great line of dog fashion that ranges from comfy weekend wear to more formal.

Burberry also jumped into the mix with an elegant dress and matching beret in their classic pattern.

High fashion just isn’t complete without diamonds.  I Love Dogs Diamonds produces some of the world’s most blindingly brilliant and expensive dog bling.  The “Amour Del Mar” has an 8.5-carat sapphire pendant surrounded by more than 600 hand-set diamonds on an ostrich leather band.  Price? $899,000.

Featuring more than 1,600 hand-set diamonds with a shining 7-carat centerpiece intertwined with 18-carat white gold and crocodile leather, the “Amour, Amour” is the world’s most expensive dog collar.  Be prepared to fork over $3.2 million for this puppy.

High fashion dog style makes the temperamental, wild designers of people fashion seem far too meek.  For a glimpse into local pooch fashion, be sure to get your ticket for the San Francisco Design Center’s annual doggie runway show on Friday, February 3, 2012 from 5:30-8:30pm. The Haute Dog SF Fashion Show will benefit Canine Companions for Independence, an organization that provides highly-trained assistance dogs for children and adults with disabilities.  My dogs, Parker and Lola, will be trotting the runway in their outfits with fabrics by Kravet.  Be sure to check out our Facebook page for post-runway photos!


  1. I Just love fashion. I don’t always wear clothing but when I do I like to look my best. My mom usual designers my clothing for me because dachshunds can be hard to fit. I have the cutesest clothing, costumes and callers. But a girl can never have to many.

  2. These are ridiculously awesome! 3.2 million for a puppy necklace–anything for woman’s best friend, I suppose!


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