Fear and Clothing
The cat no longer has the cream. It's a dog's life now
A weekly foray into the vagaries and charms of fashion
Word has it that dogs have overtaken cats in popularity on the Internet. Some people have a theory (that is theirs) that this situation somehow reflects a greater social question. We are seeking new values in a world that is increasingly unpredictable and scary.Cats are the crazy rebels of the inter webs, living their best lives while avoiding cucumbers. They represent our inner rebels, free of social convention and relationship qualms.
Dogs are the yes men, the digital equivalent of Donald Trump at the Helsinki conference – “yes Putin is my leader” – tail wagging, tongue drippingly acquiescent to the alpha male in the pack.
Word has it that dogs reflect something we need in a world that has cast us into despair with its uncertainty and its Brexitness. The very opposite of the insouciant cat life. Indifference is not an option; what we need are invested creatures with an ability to sport an outfit, and still look doting in a picture. Like @nevillejacobs, the ultimate fashion hound, Marc Jacob’s dog and the subject of an entire Rizzoli tome of his own.
Step aside Choupette, Karl Lagerfeld’s pussy galore. Despite the fact that her last declared earnings (in 2014 no less) presented upwards of $3m and her Instagram followers are not insignificant – her freak flag may be on the wane.I don’t know, but having popped down the Instagram rabbit hole, sorry to mix my animal metaphors, all creatures are still doing really well on the escapist time-sucking Internet vortex. I think that the critters are ever popular for one reason and one reason only, they are not human.