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.”


Shh...! South Korea hushes for crucial university entrance exam

Updated 15 November 2018
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Shh...! South Korea hushes for crucial university entrance exam

  • This year nearly 595,000 students are sitting the grueling exam, which stretches over nine hours
  • The results of the daunting exam will be released on December 5

SEOUL: South Korea dialed down the volume on Thursday as hundreds of thousands of students sat a crucial national university entrance exam, with authorities taking extraordinary measures to minimize possible distractions.
The college entrance test is the culmination of South Korea’s highly demanding school system, and in an ultra-competitive society it plays a large part in defining students’ adult lives, holding the key to top universities, elevated social status, good jobs, and even marriage prospects.
This year nearly 595,000 students were sitting the grueling exam, which stretches over nine hours, according to the education ministry.
South Korean President Moon Jae-in, who was in Singapore for regional summits, posted a good luck message to the students on his Facebook page.
The intense effort they had put in over years of study was coming to fruition, he said. “Believe in it and you will be able to show your full competence.”
Extraordinary measures are taken nationwide to remove anything that could disturb the test-takers.
Public offices, major businesses and the stock market opened an hour later than usual to help ease traffic and ensure students arrived on time for the exam, which began nationwide at 8:40am.
Any students stuck in traffic could get police cars and motorbikes to rush them to the exam centers.
All takeoffs and landings at South Korean airports are suspended for 25 minutes to coincide with an English listening test, and all airborne planes must maintain an altitude higher than 3,000 meters (10,000 feet).
The Transport Ministry said 134 flights had to be rescheduled because of the exam.
Electronics are strictly forbidden and students cannot leave school premises until the test ends to reduce the chances of cheating.
But they will be allowed to wear masks during the exam this year, the education ministry said, with fine dust pollution levels persisting at “bad” on the peninsula.
The results of the daunting exam will be released on December 5.