It may seem like Choupette, Karl Lagerfeld’s cat, who reportedly has two maids, makes 3 million euros a year, and has social media accounts with followings large enough to merit being hacked, still dominates the animal kingdom in fashion, but just in time for this year’s National Dog Day, it finally seems to be not so far-fetched to suggest that the feline has ceded her collar to another species. (Let’s not forget that long before Choupette, there was Lagerfeld’s now long forgotten pup, Mr. Ashton.) Lately, it’s actually been dogs who’ve been unleashing their influence on the industry, thanks to designers like Thom Browne, who turned his beloved Hector into a handbag—and then a celebrity; and Marc Jacobs, whose bull terrier and former star of his Instagram account now has 200,000 followers of his own—and even a book. Meanwhile, models like Gisele and Chrissy Teigen have packs of their own, and Paris Hilton, who one day aspires to own 20 four-legged friends, has at least given her current tally of five a mansion of their own in the interim. Get to know her pups and many, many more through their Instagrams, here.
There’s no ignoring the somehow still ongoing saga of Lena Dunham’s former dog Lamby, but now that the mutt has reportedly found quite a comfortable new home, we can properly admire the two much younger pups, toy poodles Susan and Karen, that Dunham has lately been keeping company with. (Along with the collie Penny Parker Simmons-Dunham that her mom, the artist Laurie Simmons, has also recently welcomed to the family.)
Once simply the proud owner French bulldog Asia, and then the French bulldog Koji, Lady Gaga also recently welcomed a new pup to the so-called “Joanne family.”
Even before she had her daughter Luna, Chrissy Teigen had quite the family with John Legend, including Puddy, Pippa, and Penny, the latter of which is a three-legged rescue. Luckily, it looks like the fam’s all getting along swimmingly.
Paris Hilton ultimately wants to have 20 dogs, but at the moment she owns five—Harajuku Bitch, Diamond Baby, Princess Paris Jr., Prince, and Prince Baby Bear—who reside in a two-story replica of her own mansion, and who have not only have their own Twitter account, but an action-packed Instagram with more than 100,000 followers.
In between grams of supermodels decked out in his designs, designer Isaac Mizrahi also takes care to share snapshots of his dog Dean—a star in his own right, at least to Mizrahi, who considers him to be Ben Affleck’s doppelgänger. “Dean is a dog of a certain age and I think Mr. Affleck is a certain age and I think they are weighing in beautifully,” Mizrahi remarked this summer, standing by the newfound bachelor.
Last summer, the designer (and Lady Gaga stylist) Brandon Maxwell celebrated becoming a finalist for the LVMH prize, winning the Swarovski Prize for womenswear at the CFDA Awards, and officially counting Michelle Obama among his many celebrity fans; this summer, he celebrated the fifth birthday of his beloved pup Stella, who even made it into his Christmas photo.
As the designer Joseph Altuzarra gears up to show in Paris rather than New York this season, he’s also of course been hanging with Bean, his miniature schnauzer that he’s been known to take all the way to Staten Island for her haircuts.
Designer Rachel Antonoff is not afraid to declare her pup Lafitte, whom she found at a kill shelter in Los Angeles, as dear of a family member to her as her brother, the mega-producer Jack Antonoff. (Thanks to her involvement with the no-kill shelter Social Tees, there’s usually a good variety of other pups featured in between the fashion on her account, too.)