Postcard from Madrid: Scoping Spain's Stylin' Dogs and Dogsters
I've been fortunate to travel to some very stylish destinations, domestically and internationally. And everywhere I go, I alwayspause to observe my favoritedetail of any cityscape: the local dog talent.
Because I've always had a weakness for fashion it's almost as compelling to me as K9s are I keep my eyes peeled for stylin' street looks and trends. And what could be more stylin' than stepping out for a brisk walk with your dog?
In Madrid, even the graffiti is stylin' enough to merit a frame; to wit:
So it's no wonder Madrilenosy Madrilenas look fantastico while out for a swift sprint with Spot. These people are so confident in their dashing good looks, they're perfectly sweet about letting American tourists snap photos, even while they're busy on their cellphones.
I just couldn't resist getting these pics of a stunning German Shepherd who reminds me of my lieber hund Desiree and his handsome human, who manages to juggle the leash, his phone, and a cigarette with ease.
It amazesme how bone-chic EuroDogsters look while they're out walking their K9 companions. Of course, over there they tend to look bone-chic 24/7. In Paris,where they invented chic, folks seem to be ready for their closeup in Vogue the minute they roll out of bed, damn them; so not surprisingly,Parisians look positively glam while doingdog-walking duty.
In Milan, meanwhile, head-to-toe Prada looks are not uncommon among Dogsters, who look effortlesslychic even on the lastouting of the evening. It's just not fair!
Lately, I confess that I haven't always looked my fashionable best whiletrotting my pack out; I suppose my (lame) excuse is that, with temperatures dropping, I'm instinctivelybundling up for warmth without giving much thought to the bulkiness of my thermal layers. This MO invariably gives metheappearance of a stuffed cabbage leaf (and a wilted one, at that).
But really, there's no excuse for looking like $#!+ while on dog-walking duty. So my latest New Year's resolution is to try harder in the style department. After all, why should my good-looking dogs who needn't worry about sartorial matters because they look great naked tolerate a shabbily dressed escort?
Already, I have my eye on a superchic coat by Vaute Couture, the first apparel line to focus on developing high-style, high-performance fashion with no animal-derived materials. Fans of Vaute Couture whose wares are proudly made in Brooklyn, New York include Alicia Silverstone and Ellen DeGeneres. Thispretty-in-pink coat, left, called the Kinder (after Vaute Couture founder Leanne Mai-ly Hilgart's grade school teacher)will make iteasytostay warm and look hot at the same time. Even while walking the dog!
In cleaning up my act, my inspiration is the untouchable style of Dogsters in Spain and elsewhere in Europe.
What's the most stylish destination for Dogster spotting (or Dogster shopping) you've ever visited? Please share style-spotting tips in the comments!