Text, Vivian Kelly
My last post was about Wendy Curran’s adorable Papillons, Phoebe and Pepito. As promised, here they are in their first film featurette.
Who worked their doggie couture best, Phoebe or Pepito? We’d like to know!
Text, Vivian Kelly
Introducing… Phoebe and Pepito!
I used to be one of those people who did some major eyerolling when I read in WWD that fashion designer x, and fashion designer y were expanding their global brands to include doggie couture. Really? A bleu marine [navy blue] leather Hermes collar with palladium hardware sells for $390 on luxury-shops.com. It’s beautiful yes, but rather austere, and not to mention, expensive.
My attitude adjusted after doing some shopping with my Mother for her 1st dog, a sweet black Pomeranian named ‘Mona’. She had an outfit for every occasion. There were even mini Wellington boots, but my favorite was a hand knit shocking pink sweater which looked Steven Sprouse-ish.
That was nothing. The REALLY fashionable dog wears made to measure couture. Shockingly, it’s not nose-bleedingly expensive. This weekend, after a couple of cups of java, watch my interview with Wendy Curran and her two Papillons, Phoebe and Pepito aka Pete. In it, Wendy discusses the history of the breed and reveals a few of her sources to get adorable outfits for the duo. Wendy sourced Phoebe’s flirty dress on Ebay [@ $30] and Pepito’s Country Squire coat is from Fox&Hounds [$40]. The theme for the gear they’re wearing in tomorrow’s video is “holiday” but it could also work beautifully for Valentine’s Day next month.
Warning: Once you start cruising Fox&Hounds, you may get sucked-in as it’s part of the Sherpa Pet Group, which consists of 8 collections.
In case the sky’s the limit, you could look into the $3million+ necklace featured in The National Enquirer, modeled by a very lucky Papillon pup. As someone who follows the ‘Columbo’ [Peter Falk's iconic detective], I’ve got “just another question, please”. HOW, does a tiny dog wear this 52-carat necklace that consists of 1,600 hand-set diamonds AND a 7 -carat centerpiece stone without toppling over on his/her little nose? If money is no object, as it was [not] for Marie Antoinette, and you and your Papillon pup can share, then maybe Ava’s necklace is something your precious needs to have too.
* Check-in tomorrow for my video interview with Wendy, featuring Phoebe and Pepito featuring their chic yet eminently accessible couture duds.
Text, Vivian Kelly
As we all know, cats are finicky. What you might not know is that cats are a favorite; I’ll dare say, the animal of choice with many fashionistas. Vogue’s Grace Coddington even co-wrote a book with partner, Didier Malige. Check out THE CATWALK cats on Amazon.com, and you’ll see what I mean.
Back to our beauty pick of the week. I say “our” because FE furry darling, RAMBO, is the first to jump on the Fedex boxes that comes into the office, but not any old Fedex. There is a SELECTION PROCESS in play here.
This week, Rambo’s purring about the Body Shop’s Body Butter Duo Beure Corporel in Macadamia.
Cats have a notoriously short attention span, so Rambo’s reasons are short and sweet.
WHY we love Duo Beure Corporel in Macadamia
If Macadamia is not for you, consider the other flavors: Acai, Vanilla, and Sweet Pea.
I’m sticking with the Macadamia because Rambo says, “This is the cat’s Meow!”
TEXT, VIVIAN G. KELLY-VAN ZUTPHEN
There was once a little dog named LOUIS. He lived in the lap of luxury in Tokyo, with a wonderful woman who spoiled him silly. Louis had it all, including LOUIS VUITTON squeaky toys! STILL, he wasn’t happy and scratched his owner’s niece when she came to visit.
The solution came to us after attending THE GALLERY NEW YORK event one of our favorite fashion PRs, Alison Kennedy, co-owner of KPR Public organized last month in NYC’s Garment Center.
It was there, that we discovered ROBBIE DAWG.
WHAT’s ROBBIE DAWG?
Lisa Fortunato started w/ 1 treat she originally made for her own pooch. After getting laid-off she gave this a go fulltime. After 5 yrs of working in her apt she’s in the black, and her product in sold in ALL 50 States in the USA.
TheFE: Your dogs inspired the line?
LISA FOTUNATO: Robbie has his own line and Lulu has her own line.
Our treats have no salt sugar and a 16 month shelf life.
We donate 40 lbs of product per month to Bidawee, Women’s Cancer, and also work with the NY Mayor’s Alliance.
Checkout Lisa’s book, boasting [we're not kidding] 150 doggie recipes. “The Everything Cooking For Dogs Book” is available on www.amazon.com
An incredible 17 out of 17 people who reviewed the book found it to be helpful for their picky pets. One owner wrote, “The recipes have all the ingredients you have on hand in your kitchen, and are incredibly easy to make. The cookies I baked worked great during the “training” phase with my dog.”
LOUIS, back in his swank apartment in Toyko, would enjoy the events Ms. Fortunato participates in. Recently, she participated in an event with CHRISTOPHLE on Fifth Avenue called, “Bring your dog to shop day at Christophle!”
FOR THE KITTIES
What’s next – Next is a cat line for Cookie and Dough, inspired by her two cats. We can’t wait to road test these treats on our finicky black darling, “Koko”.
To purchase the treats and learn more about Lisa’s charitable collaborations, visit www.robbiedawg.com
To stock-up on Louis Vuitton essentials, visit www.louisvuitton.com