Check Out Fashion's Cutest, Most Influential Pets
We all know them. We all admire them. We all aspire to be like them. You know who I’m talking about: fashion pooches. They have it all! They’ve inspired designer lines, have modeling contracts thrown at them, maids to wait on their every need, and an unlimited amount of designer clothing. They have celebrity squads, butlers to rub their bellies endlessly, and star in Oscar-nominated films. But the fairytale hasn’t just been handed to them. No sir, these darlings have worked hard to earn their titles as top-dog (or top-cat). From serving as brand ambassadors, to launching makeup capsules, to just being constant muses, the following pets always put their best paws forward. Check out the critters who have earned their alpha titles, and influenced the fashion world as we know it.
Paper Magazine named Marc Jacobs’ bull terrier “Instagram’s New Power Pooch” for good reason. With over 183k followers and counting, Neville is without a doubt insta-famous. Besides being the social platform’s it-dog, at only three-years-old he’s established an enviable modeling career, has appeared in fashion shoots and videos, inspired the range of canine clothes, Bark Jacobs, and he currently serves as brand ambassador. As if he didn’t have his shit together already, he also manages to make time to work out with BFF Choo Choo Charlie.
Human Squad: The likes of Kendall Jenner, Gigi Hadid, Karlie Kloss, and Cara Delevingne.
Self-described as “I’m #KarlLagerfeld’s spoiled #Chanel pussy whose maids pamper her every need,” on her Instagram account, Choupette is no stranger to the world of luxury excess. But her catnip isn’t handed to her on a silver platter–well, it literally might be. But I mean is that she’s worked. A lot. Apart from inspiring a Lagerfeld capsule collection, Chanel’s cornflower blue SS12 Haute Couture collection and a knitted handbag in AW13 Couture, she also launched her book, Choupette: The Private Life of a High-Flying Fashion Cat, released a capsule makeup collection by Shu Uemura, and, like Neville, also has a distinguished modeling career.
Reason to be Jealous: She made approximately 3 million dollars for two photoshoots in 2014.
Unlike Neville and Choupette, Pumpkin tends to shy away from the spotlight. Mama and Vogue fashion director Grace Coddington has used her dearest Pumpkin as the inspiration for many of her illustrations, and was inspired by her while working on her collaboration with Balenciaga. The exposure, along with the release of the limited edition Pumpkin Papier tote where she is illustrated modeling various Balenciaga looks, shot Pumpkin into stardom. Apart from looking ridiculously chic, 20% of the proceeds from Pumpkin’s bag went to the Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons. Coddington has always loved her cats, and in 2006, she released a book dedicated to them: The Catwalk Cats.
Owner Confession: Grace claims that the fame went to Pumpkin’s head, telling The Telegraph: “Well, she’s getting a little spoilt; she’s like, ‘Do we have to drive in that car? Couldn’t we have a limousine?'”
Angus and India Ford
How many dogs can say that they’ve made an appearance in an Oscar-nominated, extremely fashionable film? Not many. Tom Ford and his partner Richard Buckley’s two dogs stared in Ford’s debut 2009 film, A Single Man. As if the two Smooth Fox Terriers weren’t fabulous enough on their own, they have a horse sister named Naomi. Ford says that his favorite smell in the world is that of his dogs’ ears. Their ears.
Notable quote: From A Single Man: “Whether it’s Angus sitting like a sphinx so his balls don’t touch the cold floor or India’s obsession with squirrels, they always make us smile.”
When your dad is Ryan McGinley, one of the youngest artists to have a solo show at the Whitney, you can bet your ass you’re going to have some amazing photographs taken of you. Dick has thus become a seasoned modeled, and even graced the cover of The Printed Dog. Dick also gives tour guides upon request.
Sleeping Buddy: Dick likes to snuggle up to both humans and plush snakes.
Tank & Bambi Formichetti
Nicola Formichetti loves his two Pomeranians, Tank and Bambi. They’ve even wooed 6.6k followers on Instagram, with their adorable #twinning pictures. They don’t use that hashtag, but they should. The duo also celebrated their book cover debut last year, with The Printed Dog. The twins from The Shining better watch their back, because Tank and Bambi are on their way to being more iconic.
Fashion Inspiration: 90’s Mary-Kate and Ashley. Same outfit, different colors.
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Images via Paper Magazine, Karl Lagerfeld, Another Magazine, Kimberly Brooks, Ryan McGinley, and The Printed Dog.