When The Catwalk Became The Dogwalk
FW18 FASHION WEEK REVIEW
Text by Dune Chambaud
MARCH 8, 2018
The lunar Year of the Dog has inspired multiple brands to seize the opportunity and depart from the conventional by presenting unique canine-driven collections for AW18.
Among the most notable to embrace the dog theme this season was Gucci’s Alessandro Michele, who created an entire capsule collection immortalizing his Boston Terriers, Orso and Bosco. Tod's followed suit, their models traipsing down the runway with puppies enveloped in their arms. Dog-shaped hats were on display at Thom Browne, models wearing dog masks at Julien David, and Balenciaga’s trending carry-alls featured a print of dogs cuddling cats. Even some choice Front Rowies, such as Bryan Boy brought their pooches to the shows.
But, our biggest canine crush is from the London-based brand POAN (Peoples of All Nations), who featured an exceptionally original German Shepherd theme in their Michael Jackson “Bad”-inspired collection (Did you know MJ had a German Shepherd?). The showcased print, however, is none other than Inspector Rex from the 90’s Viennese TV-series about a crime-solving police dog. His image adorned baseball caps and an enlarged close-up of the German Shepherd’s coat was delicately printed onto velvet, creating wearable couture pieces with an impressive tactile and nostalgic impact.
Animal emblazoned to animal inspired, Clare Waight Keller has joined the legion of designers to adopt faux-fur, showcasing lavish peta-approved coats for her second season as Artistic Director at Givenchy.
In other Givenchy news, the house’s former lead designer, Riccardo Tisci, who dazzled us with his iconic Rottweiler and Doberman prints for the brand, announced his new position as Chief Creative Officer for Burberry, where we can only hope he will continue to bless us with more gorgeous canine motifs.
There is no doubt that the fashion world has embraced Year of the Dog, the only question left is: will you be basing your purchases on brand or breed?