Oh utter, utter bliss. Yes, that IS Karl. Avec chien. A mere twenty-five years ago in this feature on fashion people and their dogs by Elaine Deed in the pages of British W in December 1987.
oh lovely, lovely Jasper Conran, with Ollie the Dalmatian. (He left his shih tzu Louis at home, “as he once did something unspeakable to a Very Very Important Customer in the showroom.)
Here’s Karl again, with Lord Ashton the 5month old Jack Russell. (“He loves perfume. The sounds of the spray makes him jump up and down just like a little ball”.) And Azzedine Alaia clutching Powder Puff the Yorkie, and Bill Blass with Brutus and Kate.
And then there’s Monty Don with his St John Waterdogs, Baffin & Beaufort (and Spider the cat). You may know him as a wonderful gardener, but in the 80s he was THE hip costume jeweller.
When I was in my early teens at boarding school in the late ‘80s I was obsessed with fashion. And not Topshop fashion. I read Vogue as if it were my Bible, and subscribed to British W over its short-lived career. W in the UK was a colour newspaper, not a glossy magazine and, whilst my dorm mates favoured Bros posters, I would Blu-Tack Dolce & Gabbana’s Sicillian women, Joseph ads, and Lacroix mini-crinis all over my dormitory cubicle walls in an attempt to erase the institutional chipboard. (I’ve still got a large bundle of them in my mother’s attic.)