Bark is the new black, and on Saturday night in New York, one canine couturier took his fashions to the next level, as dogs pranced across the catwalk. Dog apparel for humans is making its mark!
Designer dog clothes are here to stay. The growing focus from a marketing and media perspective on the human-animal bond also continues to attract niche sectors usually targeted at people. From dog booties to Swarovski crystal-laden collars and even canine handbags, we dote on our dogs, and designers are reaping the benefits.
On Saturday, October 4th, 2014, New York native and pet couturier, Anthony Rubio, presented his new line of canine couture creations, a women’s wear collection that coordinates with those created for the canines as well as his men’s tie line he named Naughty Ties at Fashion Week Brooklyn at Industry City.
Coco Chanel Bella
Our very own Wigglebutt Warrior, Dexter, now adds “dating a supermodel” to his growing repertoire. Donning designer dog apparel courtesy Anthony Rubio, Cocker Spaniel, Coco Chanel Bella, proudly showcased the new women’s wear luxury collection to complement his pet couture.
“I can report that Miss Coco rocked the runway and made us all proud strutting alongside the model who she had just met for the first time,” Rubio says. “She was fearless and looked as if she had done this before. Christine Aiello and her mom were glowing with pride.”
Anthony Rubio has a bond and affection for animals. For many years he has been involved in educating the world about the benefits of pet adoption, control of pet population, and pet rescue. Proceeds from the sales of his creations are donated to various animal rescue organizations to help keep these animals from being put down, he tells Fidose of Reality.
Rubio started his design career as a women’s wear designer with a formal education in fashion design. It wasn’t until he rescued a Chihuahua he named Bandit 12 years ago that he started making canine couture. He decided to give up designing for females to become the first Pet Couturier making one-of-a-kind creations for clients’ four-legged family members. Nearly 10 years have passed and he is now enjoying a full circle moment by creating fashion for dogs and, once again, for women.
Rubio designed the custom apparel for Dexter and Coco Chanel Bella for the sold-out Wigglebutts Go Hollywoof fundraiser, which took place on September 20, at the Olde Towne Pet Resort.
Straight From the Runway
Got a passion for fashion? Enjoy the fashions of Anthony Rubio, featuring dog and human models donning his divine couture:
Does your dog wear clothes? Would you love to wear some of these gorgeous creations?
All Photos by Norman Ding unless otherwise noted