Although Pet Fashion Week launched in 2006, the idea was conceived many years earlier by founder Mario DiFante, according to his son and business partner Derek DiFante. Dog fashionistas have flocked to Pet Fashion Week to check out the latest in canine couture every year since.
From 2006-2008, the highlight of Pet Fashion Week was the runway fashion show, which was always beautifully choreographed with professional models walking the dogs down an elaborate runway. Always of the high caliber of Fashion Week, the runway show was unfortunately eliminated in 2009 when the economy was suffering.
Although times are still a bit "ruff", this year’s Pet Fashion Week, held at the Metropolitan Pavilion last weekend, had very high end exhibitors offering the most posh of canine couture, such as Manfred of Sweden, whose pieces can run upwards of $20,000. Other top designers included Rich Dog World, Kane & Couture and Diamond Dogs. For those wanting to match their dogs, Andrea Levine Designs offered matching pendants, bracelets and bling tees for pooches and owners.
Celebs on the scene included Celebrity Groomer Jorge Bendersky, Pet Expert Charlotte Reed, Bocker the Labradoodle, Dr. David Best and Elvis, Rick Caran and JilliDog, and Bandit the 2010 Barking Beauty. Socialites Ginger and Cubby arrived in beautiful swarovski crystal gowns custom made by Ada Nieves for Dogs.
Currently a trade show for buyers, there has been talk of opening the event up to the public next year. Will the fashion runway show return? Come back next year and find out. Even if there is no runway show, the room is sure to be filled with adorable dogs decked in designer wear.
A full list of exhibitors can be found at Pet Fashion Week's site.