I stumbled upon this report, from 2007, written without any apparent irony, (think breathless enthusiasm and sycophancy: “please, please let me crack an invite” ) in the Daily Mail.
“Designers including Vivienne Westwood, Ben de Lisi and Jemima Khan’s favourite jeweller, Issa, and have all produced an Autumn-Winter range of luxury dog wear.
“British jeweller Stephen Webster, who created Madonna’s wedding ring, has even customised a £500,000 bespoke diamond and precious jewel collar ahead of next month’s Pet a Porter show.
The collection, showcasing an estimated £1.5 million worth of jewels, will be paraded by some of the country’s top mutt models on a 60 foot long, neon-lit catwalk at London’s Harrods.
The dogwear, including Webster’s collar, will be available to buy on the night and will then go on sale in the store’s specialist pet department.
Items for sale include a £2,500 Westwood couture ‘spring jacket’, made from white diamonds and small sapphires, a Ben de Lisi – Kate Winslet’s designer of choice – diamond-studded body warmer and an Issa ‘candy coat’.
Other luxury goods include a plastic jewelled tail decoration, a Juicy Couture fur paw warmer, a machine washable Aquascutum puffa jacket and Sexy Beast – a potent new scent created by a New York-based perfumer.”
A Juicy Couture fur “paw warmer?” “Sexy Beast – a dog fragrance?”
Good reason for the rest of us to howl at the moon, I think.
And all these celebs and rich people bought in (and how) to this fiesta of bad taste, insanity, heartwarming disaplay f how stupid people get rich too because ….it seemed like a good idea at the time? They needed something to spend their zillions on? They would be admired and envied for buying their pet a Juicy Couture “Paw Warmer?”
And there I was, thinking that designer shoes and handbags for humans, were the ultimate evidence of rich people’s folly and foolishness.
The world was clearly overdue for a long, cold shower.
The only way to go was down.