Haute Hollywood Hound
Doggie Style in Fashion’s Capital City
The top’s down on the convertible, the radio blaring. The flashy blonde behind the wheel bops along, singing in her best karaoke voice, her sunglasses pushed up high on her nose. Every head turns as she drives by, and she knows it. But it’s not because of her perfect highlights or her vanity plate – it’s because of her companion. They could be twins in the same shiny pink outfit, same glasses, same crystal necklace – except the person in the passenger seat is a bulldog.
“Dog fashion in L.A. gives people a chance to express their creativity and their personalities,” said Cindy Scott, a dog trainer from Placentia, CA. “I get a lot of varying responses when my dogs are accessorized. You’d be surprised how many people ask if ‘pink is my dog’s natural hair color.’ Really.”
When most people think of Hollywood, they think glitz and glam and celebrities lunching at fabulous eateries wearing fabulous clothes. But in L.A., it’s not just the celebs that dine in style. Elizabeth Vargas of Newport Beach, CA, regularly dolls up her Pomeranian, Bella Luna, to mingle with the chic-est of the chic.
“If we’re going to a gala she wears sunglasses and sometimes a hat, a boa and shoes, along with a cute outfit,” said Vargas. “People are always stopping us to take a photo of her. She always has a pawdicure.”
Lauri Julian of Laguna Beach, CA, said that celebrities definitely influence doggie fashion in L.A.
“When I saw Paris Hilton’s Chihuahua, Tinkerbell, wearing pink Lily Boots on The Simple Life, I knew I had to have a pair for my Chihuahua, Chloe,” she said.
But like celebrities, just because you can dress them up, doesn’t mean the dogs won’t behave like . . . well, dogs.
“Chloe, my poodle, and I walked in the Chinese New Year Parade in Pasadena this year wearing matching red silk Mandarin jackets, and she wore a little red hat,” said MaryLisa Bolton of Long Beach, CA. “We got lots of cheers. She was it! That is, until she thought the horse in front of us was dropping treats for her to eat. The location was filled with media, news crews, and flash bulbs. Needles to say, we ended up on the cutting room floor.”
Hollywood isn’t just famous for its glamour, it’s also known for a particular new age vibe, and that trickles down to the residents on four feet.
“L.A. is an ‘any thing goes’ kind of town, so it’s accepted that our dogs can have any type of fabu life that their owners have,” said Yvonne Moore of Torrance, CA. “Why wouldn’t my totally hip puppy from a funky artsy family totally have only the most far-out jewelry of moon stone and rose quartz and have the softest batik scarves adorn her neck and have her energy calmed and blessed each morning with aroma therapy of lavender and Aveda’s love oil?”
Sure, why not? And after a day of “doga” (doggie yoga) and a spa treatment, it might be time to join the “Paw-llywood Woof of Fame.” Pet First-Aid Instructor, Denise Fleck of Shadow Hills, CA, has taken a twist on Sid Grauman’s walk of fame, where stars put their hand and footprints in cement. Fleck does the same for her furry kids.
“Everyone likes to leave their mark in this town,” said Fleck, “So my husband and I decided to immortalize our canine kids in our own backyard.”
Fame in Tinsel Town might be easy-come-easy-go, but luckily for dog owners, a dog’s loyalty and love isn’t, no matter what you’re wearing.
by Nikki Moustaki
by Nikki Moustaki
This article was originally published in Dog Fancy Magazine