Meet Ralph Lauren’s It-Dog And Fashion Week’s Other Canine Stars
Yesterday at the Polo Ralph Lauren presentation, fedoras and rugged denim took center stage. But the real star wasn’t the clothing or the long-locked, cowboy-handsome male models. No, it was the Irish Setter strutting his stuff down the runway. When a dog appears at Fashion Week, it forces us all to look in the mirror and ask ourselves, “Am I relevant?”
Who, pray tell, is this vision? It’s seven-year-old Ruaidri (pronounced “Rory”), a longtime Ralph Lauren favorite. A native of Eastham, Massachusetts, the mahogany-coated pooch has appeared in previous Ralph Lauren campaigns, gracing the pages of Vanity Fair, Harper’s Bazaar, Town & Country, and Vogue. Watch out, Gigi Hadid.
Yesterday the pup appeared alongside pop star Ciara, but come on: Ruaidri is the real star here. He’s a dog of many talents, too. The Cape Cod Times reports that our four-legged friend is a champion show dog—no surprise there—who frequently participates in agility competitions. But as Ruaidri made clear in an interview with the Irish Setter Club of New England’s newsletter in 2013, the fame hasn’t gone to his head. He works as a therapy dog for developmentally disabled adults and autistic children. Fun fact: True to his roots, the Irish pup is fluent in Gaelic. Or at least that’s how his owner, Marty Haspel, gives him commands. Is there anything this dog can’t do?
Ruaidri isn’t the only Fashion Week dog. Cara Delevingne’s mixed-breed dog, Leo, sat front row at Chanel’s runway show at Paris Fashion Week. Sources say he even peed on the catwalk. (How do you like that, Karl Lagerfeld?) Meanwhile, Marc Jacobs’ dog, Neville Jacobs, is also a Fashion Week veteran. Neville is a part-time model, full-time dog who has an Instagram following of 186,000 humans, and like Ruaidri, he also likes to lend a helping paw to those in need: Neville’s modeled in the past for the Sato Project, an organization that finds homes for abandoned dogs from Puerto Rico. Here he is, slayin’ it in a jacket by his dad:
Coincidentally, the Westminster Dog Show begins this weekend in New York, and the beautiful pups of this competition are finding some common ground with Fashion Week denizens. On Thursday, The Hotel Pennsylvania hosted the New York Pet Fashion Show, an annual event which benefits The Mayor’s Alliance For NYC Animals and its 150 associated rescue organizations.
Fashion Week truly has something for everyone.