Betty White with American Humane Association executive Paul Raybould’s Irish Setter Celia, wearing a Haute Collár! pink cotton sateen collar with Swarovski crystal closure.
THE ICONS COLLECTION
THE PRESS RELEASE
FROM THE HAMPTONS TO HYANNISPORT:
PUBLICIST GOES TO THE DOGS WITH LAUNCH OF COUTURE BY SOPHIE
Custom/Ready To Wear House for Dogs Unveils “The Icons,” - a Limited Edition Series in Honor of Designer’s Career in Music
Jane’s Birkin. Michael’s glove. Stevie’s gypsy chic. Run-DMC’s Adidas. Music artists have long contributed to the fashion pantheon. Now, couture-loving canine owners need look no further to dress their pampered pups in exquisite, memorable style. Couture by Sophie, the hottest new haute couture fashion house for dogs, is about to unveil The Icons, a limited edition collection of high-end coats and accessories paying homage to some of music’s fashion icons. www.couturebysophie.com
AUGUST 27, 2012 – NEW YORK, N.Y.
Founded by doggie designer Jody Miller, a long time publicist in the music industry,
Couture by Sophie is named for her certified Therapy Dog Portuguese Podengo
Pequeño pup, who is her partner, muse and model. In the spirit of true luxury fashion
houses, Couture by Sophie uses the finest fabrics, with great attention paid to detail, fit
and the most fashion-forward trends. New pieces inspired by the runway are unveiled
each season. Materials used are cruelty-free and a percentage of everything sold is
donated to the American Humane Association, Couture by Sophie’s charity partner.
The American Humane Association advocates for children and animals with outreach,
programs and research. www.americanhumane.org
“The Icons” collection pays homage to Miller’s career and taps the hottest trends
from the runway: fur, leather, denim, exotics and metallics. The personalities of the fall
coats reference these iconic music stars: The Jennifer (stunning croc embossed patents
and opulent fur), The Cher (baby zebra exotics, studs), The Cyndi (exquisite
neon fur, dazzling silver metallics), The Whitney (rich gold metallics, luxurious fur
and pottery orange Ultrasuede), The Britney (denim, apple green Ultrasuede, faux
python-remember the MTV Awards?), The Sid (buttery black vinyl and studs, studs,
studs) and The Elvis (silver, baby).
Miller explains, “This debut music-inspired line by Couture by Sophie is my whimsical
way of paying homage to my many years working in the music industry with some
of the most influential artists to date. It is so thrilling to be presenting our first season
of fabulous looks during Fashion Week and be able to bring them to retail this fall.
Sophie and I couldn’t be more excited.”
In addition to new designs, each season includes key signature pieces like the Classic
coat and the Haute Collár! shirt collar created for dogs. WWD included the standalone
shirt collar in its new “What’s Hot” at retail Accessory guide, and the Financial
Times, in a “Hot Under The Collar” story in March, called them one of the hottest
trends. Couture by Sophie gives that discerning dog owner the opportunity to own
something unique and to feel like their pooch is turned out as beautifully as they are.
During New York Fashion Week, Couture by Sophie will participate in a shoe/
accessories runway show at Chelsea’s Glass Houses as part of the launch of Shoe
Week, where its fall coat/carry bag/collar/leash ensembles will be featured on
Sophie and on her best friend, Holly.
In September, Couture by Sophie fall designs will be available in luxury New York
boutiques Canine Styles, The Dog Store, House of Paw et Bebe and PAWS Soho, and
at The Dog Bar locations in South Beach and Miami Beach. The complete custom and
RTW collections can be purchased at www.couturebysophie.com.
In October, Couture by Sophie will be dressing the 2012 American Humane
Association Hero Dog finalists for the red carpet at the Hero Dog Awards, set
for October 6 at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles. The event will be taped for a
90-minute special to air on the Hallmark Channel November 2nd.
ABOUT JODY MILLER
Miller spent 30 years representing clients such as John Mellencamp, Iggy Pop, The Cure, Russell Simmons, Roger Waters and many more. After retiring her PR firm, JLM, in 2009, Miller studied fashion design at Parson’s School of Design, where a practice dog coat created for Sophie drew such attention that, finally, it sunk in that this could be the perfect way to honor Miller’s two great loves - working with animals and designing. Now, she is channeling her expertise and lifelong passions into Couture by Sophie.
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