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6 hysterical Fashion Week looks - doggy style

Fashion Hound Jane models some of the popular trends from the 2018 A/W London and New York Fashion Weeks.

Dog fashion shoot photography

Fashionista Jane is often referred to as the super model of our household. She's strikingly beautiful, but we suspect there are only spiders and the odd piece of cotton wool floating around in her skull, meaning she'd never question the photoshoot outfit choices. This criteria makes her the perfect model for some of the trends that appeared recently on runways in London and New York as their Autumn/Winter fashion weeks unfurled.

Several rather unexpected trends emerged most notably, animal print and tweed alongside some very interesting cat walk displays of artistry involving swimming pools, balaclavas and balloons. Read on to find out more.

Possibly the most bizarre outfit I've ever seen is Edwin Mohney's swimming pool dress, he describes it on Instagram as 'when your necklace is too big for your outfit'. Well yes, just a tad.

Jane totally rocked this look with a slightly smaller panda bear version, showing that even real people can be on trend.

6 hysterical fashoin week looks doggy style

Next on the list for out of the ordinary looks was Stephen Jones' balloon headpieces, paired with dresses designed by Matty Bovan. 

The designer said the headpieces were like, 'carrying the weight of the world', this confused Jane who wasn't phased about the headpiece I made for her, she said it was actually very lightweight. You can't beat the worry free properties of Helium.

6 hysterical fashoin week looks doggy style



Designer Richard Quinn had the prestige of Her Majesty the Queen watching his runway show which involved lots of floral prints, scarves as a tribute to Balmoral style and bondage, apparently. Queen Lizzy kept a stiff upper lip and was, by all accounts, quite entertained by the show.

Jane channelled her inner queen with the multi scarf look as she got into character and thought about all the roast pheasant she'd enjoy if she ever cracked an invite to Balmoral. Tally ho.

6 hysterical fashion week looks doggy style




Tweed is an obligatory look for any self respecting royal, so with a nod to Calvin Klein's eclectic mix of tweed and metallics, Jane's tweed look was born.

The Fashion Hound budget is limited to locally sourced fabrics, although China mall could be deemed exotic if you've got a good imagination, so I've paired some (Chinese import) Chanel-esque pink tweed with a space blanket to create Jane's interpretation of the CK look. If nothing else, she'd be warm if the Princes invited her to Aspen for a skiing trip.

6 hysterical fashion week looks doggy style


A more chic and stylish look were stripes as demonstrated by Symonds Pearmain.

Vertical stripes are always so much more flattering than horizontal ones so Jane was thrilled with how slim she looked in this photograph, I think this outfit is her favourite. The headpiece also reduces one's prep time as hair needn't be dried or styled before leaving home.

6 hysterical fashion week looks doggy style




Animal print has had a revival for 2018 and was trotted down many a run way by designers from Victoria Beckham to Diane Von Furstenberg.

Whilst I openly admit to owning a couple of pairs of leopard print pumps (from Primani) the head to toe animal print look is slightly reminiscent of a cheap taxi back seat and Lambrusco swigged from the bottle. The trend and Jane's subsequent photo shoot does, however, answer the very pertinent question of 'Who wears Cheetah?'

6 hysterical fashion week looks doggy style

Studio Dog Portraits on Location

Studio Dog Portraits on Location in Johanneburg

Studio dog portraits shot on location in Johannesburg.

Meet Rosie, Angus & Tank. Three little Dachshunds.

I was commissioned to photograph this this trio of friends recently.  Their mom told me that Tank gets very nervous if he travels, so we needed to do the shoot at home using my portable studio set up. The dogs were a little suspicious as I got the backdrop and lights ready, but the swift arrival of a selection of treats soon put an end to that worry.

studio dog portraits on location johannesburg

Tiny Rosie was first up for her portrait session.  This little lady is 9 years old and her mom was keen to get some cute portraits of her to out up on the wall.  Rosie was quite shy so it took some coaxing to get her to sit still and look at the camera, but by the power of snack items, we got there.

studio dog portraits on location johannesburg

Next up was Tank, also a senior boy who wasn't quite sure about the task at hand.

studio dog portraits on location johannesburg

He was far happier when his sister was sitting next to him, safety in numbers, although that meant sharing the treats which he wasn't too happy about. He did however get his own back by photobombing Rosie's portrait.

studio dog portraits on location
studio dog portraits on location

Younger brother Angus showed them both how it was supposed to be done. He sat like a champ for his portraits, in exchange for a constant supply of snacks of course.

studio dog portraits on location johannesburg

Angus is a standard sized wired haired dachshund, so he towered over Rosie and Tank who are mini versions.  

studio dog portraits on location johannesburg

To finish the shoot off, we attempted some team photos. 

studio dog portraits on location

The dogs were far more focused on the snacks than me. Perhaps next time, I'll do a Lady Gaga and cover myself in steak before the shoot to ensure full eye contact at all times, LOL.


What's so great about Great Danes?


Excitement was the order of the day for this dog portrait shoot featuring not one, not two, but six Great Danes.  Most of the doggies are rescues, one is blind, another is deaf, so this was quite a challenging shoot to undertake.  I rely on using treats and squeaky noises to get head tilts and gorgeous portraits, so I had to draw on some ninja skills here.


As it's impossible to transport six Great Danes without a ten ton truck, I went to their home for the shoot, taking with me a portable back drop, a reflector and a little bit of luck.


This is Titan, he's a Great Dane mix and a rather handsome chap.


This is Jack Sparrow who really is as funny in personality as he looks.


The combination of treats and dog noises worked like a charm here, especially on Licorice.


Velcro the deaf girl required a dextrous and deft combination of treat manoeuvring and quick reflexes from me to get her to face the camera for a front on shot. She is called Velcro because she has to be with her Moms AAAALLLLLLLL the time.


Whilst the Danes did their best to steal the show, Pebbles the Pug with her super cute poses really gave them a run for their money. She managed to hog most of the group shots we took once the individual portraits were done in the most adorable way.


Magic did a super job of supervising the treats, oops, I meant shoot.


Lemon just wanted to be loved.


As one big group shot was going to be nigh on impossible, we broke the group shots down into pairs and watched as the Great Danes squashed the vintage couch.


Pebbles and Velcro in total denial about where they're sitting, I think they thought if they didn't make eye contact, they'd be invisible. We can see you and you look fabulous, even though you're on the couch.


Whilst this is a dog website, I do occasionally have the honour of cats letting me photograph them. I think you get the gist of how these two felt about being papped.

So what's so great about Great Danes? They have goofy personalities, no idea how big they are and they look very pretty on vintage furniture.

Dachshund Dog Art Shoot


So this happened.

Meet Phoebe, Chelsea and Harvey, three little dogs with BIG personalities. They came through to the studio with their parents and grandparents (Harvey belongs to granny and grandpa) for a portrait shoot which was rather chaotic, but lots and lots of fun.


If you've ever wondered how I actually manage to get portraits of multiple dogs sitting still, the answer is with patience, perseverance and snacks.


Smaller dogs are usually much easier to coerce into sitting still than big dogs and with all the extra pairs of hands made this shoot quite easy really.......


Harvey (above) wasn't overly impressed with the whole portrait shoot thing, the girls however got totally into the modelling vibe. To be fair to Harvey, his Dad was telling him that he smelt like a little girl after his bath the day before, so that probably put him off his stride a bit.


All eyes on the snacks.


Cheese, viennas and............




Happiness is an arm full of Dachshunds.

I'm so excited to see what the portraits from this shoot look like hanging up at Fran & Brad's house.  They ordered 12 20cmx20cm framed portraits which are going to look amazing.