Menswear Dog, aka Bodhi, has become the star of New York fashion week thanks to a blog featuring the shiba inu in a range of dapper outfits from a biker jacket to a flat cap and braces. His owners – David Fung, 29, a graphic designer, and Yena Kim, 26 – now have a book deal showcasing Bodhi’s best looks.
Move over David Gandy, there’s a new dog in town! Here is Bodhi, a shiba inu who lives in New York, and the face (or should that be snout?) of fashion blog Menswear Dog. Bodhi, or possibly his stylists, Dave Fung and Yena Kim, a fashion designer and graphic designer respectively, clearly knows how to work a look. He seems to have a predilection for wide lapels – check out the shawl cardigan or the nonchalant way he’s wearing his blazer – perhaps to give him a bit more room for movement when chasing other dogs. Which is not to say that he’s casual in his approach. He is very much at the smart end of the menswear spectrum, with a slightly fastidious penchant for tie pins and button-down collars.
Strangely, he seems, in the words of Tyra Banks on America’s Next Top Model, to know how “to work his angles”, adjusting his facial expression to suit each look: an erudite profile shot for the slightly professorial cardi, a cockier, open-jawed look for the randier open-collar and-tie combo.
Some fashion detective work suggests that Bodhi’s influences could lie inWes Anderson’s Fantastic Mr Fox or in Berluti’s autumn/winter 2013show, in which looks were displayed on mannequins with animal heads. Bodhi looks healthy and well-loved. Let’s hope he’s happy with his life as a model.