Canine couture cuts a dash in Italy’s fashion capital

This file photo taken on December 05, 2017 shows fashion designer Giovanna Temellini (L) adjusting a coat on a greyhound dog in her workshop in Milan. (AFP)
Updated 07 January 2018
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Canine couture cuts a dash in Italy’s fashion capital

MILAN: Elegant, tailored outfits are not reserved just for fashionistas in Italy — couture for dogs is proving a hit with some Milan pet owners.
Man’s best friend should not be overlooked when it comes to cashmere sweaters and woollen coats, according to designer Giovanna Temellini, who enables the fashion conscious to match their style with that of their pooch.
“Everything is born out of love,” says the 57-year-old, who has been in the fashion industry for 25 years working for labels such as Bottega Veneta and Armani and is an active supporter of animal welfare groups.
One evening just under a year ago in her workshop, Temellini recalled, her daughter said to her: “You do so many little things for all the dogs...” referring to her animal protection voluntary work. “But when it rains, mine gets his ears all wet,” her daughter continued.
The following evening a member of her design team set to work making a hooded coat for the pet, to match the winter jacket of Temellini’s daughter.
From there sprung her made-to-measure fashion line just for dogs entitled Temellini Dog A Porter, with its first shop opening this month.
Her staff use a dog-shaped mannequin to create a range of sizes for different breeds, including dobermans, basset hounds and greyhounds.
But for each commission, the canine customer has its measurements taken to ensure a snug fit.
One dark grey jacket from her dogs’ range sports a high collar with buttons down the front, with the fabric matching a woman’s over-sized coat from Temellini’s main collection, for women, which she began 15 years ago.
But the focus on high-quality fabrics and stylish cuts means a cashmere T-shirt costs 142 euros ($171), a merino wool bomber jacket 212 euros and a coat with small pockets 252 euros.
One customer snapped up an entire wardrobe for his dog, adopted from a shelter, because after what she had been through, “she deserved it.”
Twenty-four year-old student, Beatrice Gerevini, who likes to coordinate her dog’s outfit with her own, said it helps the pair to “create a connection.”
It is also “a sort of game, a way of being noticed — people smile when they see us.”
Temellini, who continues to do some work for other labels too, says she wants to create a collection suitable for all dogs, including those with disabilities.
“I am very respectful and attentive to all the requirements of dogs which are to be able to move, run, get dirty and socialize.
“I refuse to do something that would restrict or ridicule a dog, because they’ll be aware of it.”


UK slams Russian pranksters over Boris Johnson ‘Armenia’ call

Updated 24 May 2018
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UK slams Russian pranksters over Boris Johnson ‘Armenia’ call

LONDON: Britain’s Foreign Office on Thursday criticized “childish” Russian pranksters who phoned Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson posing as the leader of Armenia.
The Guardian newspaper said that Johnson was called by Alexei Stolyarov and Vladimir Kuznetsov, known as Lexus and Vovan.
One pretended to be new Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinian, and the newspaper said that Johnson spoke to them for 18 minutes, discussing topics including the poisoning of ex-spy Sergei Skripal.
A recording of the call, said to have taken place last week, was posted on YouTube.
In the recording, Johnson says Britain is “almost 100 percent sure” President Vladimir Putin’s Kremlin ordered the attack on Skripal and his daughter Yulia. Moscow denies involvement in the incident, which has sparked a crisis in UK-Russia relations.
Johnson is also heard lamenting the poor state of UK relations with Russia, saying Moscow seems “unable to resist malign activity of one kind or another.”
The Foreign Office said Johnson “realized it was a hoax, and ended the call. We checked it out and knew immediately it was a prank call.”
“The use of chemical weapons in Salisbury and Syria and recent events in Armenia are serious matters,” it said in a statement. “These childish actions show the lack of seriousness of the caller and those behind him.”
Prime Minister Theresa May’s office said “obviously this shouldn’t have happened,” and announced there would be a government investigation into how the hoaxers got through to Johnson.
Britain suspects the comedy duo have backing from the Kremlin.
Stolyarov and Kuznetsov, who have fooled high-profile victims around the world, have denied links to Russia’s security services. In 2015, they phoned Elton John pretending to be Russian President Vladimir Putin, who had criticized the leader.