Clearly Brexit hasn’t held some Brits back. Ever mad for class distinctions, the hot trend is canine couture, according to the Secret World of Posh Pets. With the same silk and Solstiss lace additions as the real deal and no, it’s not the queen’s corgis on the catwalk.

A certain Nina Naustdal seems to be the culprit, designing high-end couture fashion for human clients, although her seven Chihuahuas have inspired her to create a matching collection for dogs.

For those hazy on what constitutes “couture” — literally translated as “dressmaking” from the French, who severely limit their use of the word — it is the exclusive creation of custom clothing. Read high-end dressmaking constructed by hand from start to finish and made from extremely expensive (as in $500 per yard) fabric and sewn with extreme attention to detail, often using laborious, hand-executed techniques. Couture garments are painstakingly tailored to a client’s measurements and require enormous amounts of time and skill on the part of the couturier. Familiar fashion houses such as Chanel and Balmain specialize in it, but individual designers do as well. If you have to ask how much it all costs, it’s not your clothing experience. Start with four figures and keep going.

To be fair, Posh Pets also profiles $6,500 dog portraits plus England’s addiction to designer pets in general. But while there are those occasional Yanks with a penchant for diamond dog collars, it remains to be seen if canine couture will take off in the U.S. It’s also doubtful the Chihuahua wedding, $5,250 and change, will catch on in America.

Enough husbands turn out to be dogs as it is.


Patricia Gannon covers society for The Acadiana Advocate. She can be reached at Fete@theadvocate.com.

Attakapas Ball

And putting on the dog for their 50th anniversary, Lafayette’s oldest ladies’ krewe hit the half-century mark in grand style at the Frem Boustany Convention Center. The Great Spirit smiled and the frigid temperatures of the previous week were a thing of the past as member maids greeted guests both outdoors and in. Red, blue and yellow set the tone for “Ceremony of the Golden Sun” and the special crest designed for the occasion, but since Attakapas is a mystic krewe and fully masked, mum’s the word. However, getting ready to pow-wow were Don and Darrelyn Burts, Michael Doumit, handsome Anthony Cordaro, past chief P.J. Voorhies, Ben Mann, Kyle Gideon et fils and doctor-auteur Bryan Sibley. What we loved: One Attakapas maid paid homage to her mother by wearing the great lady’s vintage costume. “She didn’t get to see the 50th anniversary,” said the daughter. We rather like to think she did.

Rio Queen’s Luncheon

Her Majesty Kim Trahan and ladies lunched at Charley G’s, a suitably elegant apres event to ball festivities. Guests enjoyed noon cocktails in the bar upon their arrival, and getting ready for Washington, D.C., Mardi Gras was Danielle Hidalgo, whose daughter Caroline is a princess. “We shipped her gown yesterday along with the tuxedos, we have all our clothes,” she said. Also in the mix were Gina Maestri, Leslie Price and Kelly Gauthreaux, the latter filling in as hostess in place of former Queen Lynn Williams. Sources said Williams fell through her ceiling and was unable to attend due to minor injuries. Mardi Gras is rough, people.

Founders Day Luncheon

Not even the rain could dampen the enthusiasm of P.E.O., celebrating its Founder’s Day with a luncheon at Bailey’s. Four chapters represented from Lafayette and the surrounding area, including Louisiana State President Janie Saxon, Lisa Farmer, Anne Johnson and Fête’s new favorite grande dame, Nell Mitchell Doughty, formerly of Baton Rouge. P.E.O. is a women’s philanthropic organization dedicated to educational opportunities for women. It was founded in 1869 by seven students at Iowa Wesleyan College in Mount Pleasant, Iowa. Today, it has nearly a quarter-million members throughout the U.S. and Canada.

For She’s A Jolly Good Fellow

Grande dame Violet LeBlanc turned 102 late last year, a stunning close to her 2017. Born in 1915 in Cutoff as one of nine children and the first daughter, LeBlanc went on to marry, become a devoted housewife and have seven of her own, all of whom she taught to “stand on their own early and make their way in life.” Many happy returns.

Down in Da Berry

The Books along the Teche Literary Festival Steering Committee unveiled their poster recently. Among those representing were Catherine Huckaby, of Victor’s Cafeteria, artist Ron Cutrera, Bayou Teche Museum’s Marcia Patout and New Iberia society maven Cathy Indest. The festival is an event of the Iberia Preservation Alliance, formed by the Iberia Cultural Resources Association, Bayou Teche Museum, Shadows-on-the-Teche and the New Iberia Main Street Program. It will kickoff April 6 to honor both local and international authors and is supported by a grant from the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities and the National Endowment for the Humanities.