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Choupette
When Chanel designer Karl Lagerfeld adopted this little fluffball last year, the media attention that followed was enough to make her more famous than Garfield, Felix and the Aristocats combined. Since then, her star has continued to rise through several magazine profiles, fashion campaigns and the the hilarious @ChoupettesDiary Twitter feed.
Dogs on the Mulberry Runways
Mulberry's been all about wild animals (Maurice Sendak-esque creatures, owls and tigers—oh my!) lately, but come fashion week, the label prefers something more domesticated. At least one model from every show walks the runway with a canine companion, dressed in some sort of matching scarf or jacket, by her side.
Marcel Nars
Although NARS founder Francois Nars' beloved canine companion passed away in February 2012, his adorable work for the cosmetics company lives on. The first French bulldog to ever star in a beauty campaign, Marcel graced every advisement with an elaborate costume and impeccably coiffed fur (obviously).
Prada's Monkey Motif
Short of sending actual chimps barreling down the runway, nothing could've made Prada's Spring/Summer 2011 show more memorable than the monkey-covered tops, dresses and skirts it included. Two years later we're still going, ahem, bananas looking for leftover pieces on eBay.
Neville Jacobs
Those looking for a behind-the-scenes look into the life of Marc Jacobs should search no further than his bull terrier Neville's Instagram account. Although the designer himself doesn't appear in many photos, he's clearly the one behind the camera, capturing candids of his four-legged friend everywhere from the streets of New York to MJ HQ. The slope-snouted pup's internet apperances don't stop with social media, though—he also popped up on LOVE's website earlier this summer as the magazine's guest editor.
The Brooks Brothers Hanging Sheep
Perhaps you might only identify the logo at left as a suspended lamb with navy blazers and crisp chinos, but it originally symbolized the Order of the Golden Fleece, a society of knights founded by Philip the Good, Duke of Burgundy in 1430. Then it was adopted by the British as a way to identify wool traders' ships. Not until the mid-19th century did it become the beacon of Fair Isle sweaters and monogrammed polos that it is today, when Brooks Brothers made it the company logo.
The Color-Coordinated Poodles from Isaac Mizrahi's Fall 2011 Show
It takes a mighty confident designer to send a collection down the runway with dogs specially dyed to match the clothes. After all, anything competing for attention with orange, pink and blue puppies has got to be good! The colorful canines worked out for Isaac, though, whose bold designs that season were equally eye-catching.
Guccio the Horse
Named for Gucci's founder, Guccio Gucci, this stallion was purchased by the heritage brand back in 2012 for no other reason than that, well, the label really loves horses. Last we heard, Guccio was living the good life at champion showjumper—and Gucci devotee—Edwina Alexander's ranch in Holland, his own set of designer tack in tow.
United Bamboo's Calendar Cats
In 2009, the folks at United Bamboo decided it might be fun to make a kitty-sized version of the brand's latest collection, hire some feline models and shoot a calendar. The result was such a hit that the label's created a new version nearly every year since (save for 2011). Nowaways, the project is funded on Kickstarter (check it out here!) and includes other well-dressed-cat-covered products such as magnets, posters, prints and lightboxes.
The Kenzo Tiger
While tigers have been peppering Kenzo collections since the label was first founded by Kenzo Takada back in 1970 (fun fact: back then, it was called "Jungle Jap"), the label's older designs usually included a full-body portrait of the cat. What you're probably more familiar with is the brand's wildly popular roaring tiger sweatshirt, one of the first pieces created by co-creative directors Humberto Leon and Carol Lim when they took over in 2011.
The Cartier Panther
Ever since the storied jewelry company made a leopard-print wristwatch in 1914, the panther has been an intrinsic part of the brand's DNA. Not only does Cartier use jungle cats in some of its most iconic styles, but the company routinely incorporates them in print and video campaigns. (Including this rather epic commercial from 2012.)
Alexander McQueen's Monarch Butterfly Dress
When Sarah Burton took the reins at Alexander McQueen after the eponymous designer's tragic death, she made a dramatic debut with this breathtaking dress. At first glance, it looks more like thousands of living insects resting in one place than an actual wearable garment—can you imagine the hours and hours that went into creating such a magical moment?!