Models Carrying Dogs: Offensive Publicity Stunt or a Charming Nod to the Year of the Dog?
By Jennifer Grant
Tod’s is an Italian fashion house known the world over for its exquisitely luxurious footwear and handbags. Over the years, under the leadership of Diego Della Valle, Tod’s has expanded to include decadent ready-to-wear clothing lines for both men and women.
The fashion powerhouse revealed its fall/winter collection for 2018/19 during the Milan Fashion Week this past February. All was perfectly executed right from the opening walk: Gigi Hadid’s angelic smile was wrapped in a gorgeous geometry-inspired, sheepskin coat that was just good enough to eat with its cinnamon, cardamom, and turmeric palate. And THEN there was that adorable French Bulldog resting, blissfully, across her arm. Totally adorbs nod to the Year of the Dog! I can’t even.
Indeed, Tod’s made a shameful display of animal cruelty sending its models down the runway carrying live dogs while wearing dead animals. It was a disgusting abuse for the little puppies and deeply perplexing to the audience. Why is a leather house having its models carry live animals? Doesn’t that make you squirm in your chair just a tiny bit? Ugh. Dogs are NOT accessories.
How can half of the media celebrate the “preciousness” of puppy guest stars, while the other half harpoons the brand for “using them as accessories”? And more importantly, who is right?
Confused? Offended? Scrolling on? If I’ve captured your attention in my first two questions, there is no way the latter isn’t happening — you’re definitely scrolling ahead. And that’s the whole point of this new era of semi-fabricated offense. It’s all about keeping us talking, tweeting and sharing.