With all that we have had to endure in the recent past I felt that we need to bring back a sense of dressing up and celebrating as we used to. Enough with the lounging streetwear which out of necessity took over the industry. I love comfortable clothes to do my work, shopping and chores but I like to have that separate time of cleaning up, and dressing for gatherings. I love to see people dressed to impress.
We are living in a time where we are communicating via the internet and gradually bringing back get togethers. We are venturing out to the theater and to restaurants. We are now taking pictures of ourselves with family members including our pets to send out on the internet and impress the world. For this I was compelled to design and present a new line of clothes that show some flare, some polish and in some cases some fun.
I used a lot of sequined fabrics to bring a little glitter. I chose to incorporate metallic textiles in gold and silver but also used black white, grey and royal blue. I created cocktail dresses and gowns for the women.
For the dogs it was all about dressing to the K9’s for them to put their best paw forward. I also brought in metallics in the use of sequins and gems stones. There were magical manifestations of tuxedos for the males and ball gowns for the girls all designed with comfort for their needs
The show stopping moment was my introduction of the first ever cat as a model on the catwalk. Instagram famous and fashion influencer Sunglasses Cat flew in from the West Coast just to make her catwalk debut modeling her favorite designer Anthony Rubio Designs. Her dress featured floral embroidery of gold and silver and lavender on grey chiffon.
It was the “FEEL GOOD SHOW’. Everyone in attendance walks out feeling joy and love of man’s best friend which are usually forgotten, neglected and at times heartlessly discarded.
I opened my show displaying the message on the big screen stating Adopt Don’t Shop to bring attention to the fact that too many cats and dogs are abandoned and need loving homes.
Making history by presenting for the first time ever an actual Cat on the Catwalk of any fashion week. So why has no one thought to do this before?
Anthony Rubio was the first to present canines as models and not as accessories in any Fashion Week starting in New York. He designs and presents women’s wear and men’s accessories designed to coordinate with the creations for the canine models. Together they present a fashion show like no other.
The theme for this show was a celebration of life bringing back the fashions for cocktail hour, formal wear for just partying. There was much gold, silver, shades of blue and all with a touch of opulence.
Anthony wants to bring to his audience that feel good experience while reminding them that dogs and cats are man’s and woman’s best friends.
Mr. Rubio always promises and delivers a joyful and almost theatrical experience creating garments that exude joy and excellence using the finest fabrics and embellishments bordering on human couture but actually presenting authentic and collectible one of a kind couture creations for pets.
Every season, Anthony Rubio partners up with animal shelters and animal organizations to include dogs that are up for adoption in his show. Canine Models included dogs from shelters, rescue groups, clients and social media influencers.
Anthony Rubio designs New York Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2022.
The inspiration and theme
For the first time since February 2020 we were given the thumbs up to show with live audiences, once again. We are not completely out of the woods with each day bringing new surprises but the fact is that after the tragic period we all experienced those of us who survived have reason to celebrate our endurance and resilience and to those I wanted to bring the party.
Being a true New Yorker and having witnessed so many parades and celebrations as done only in New York, I created a line of clothes for both humans and canines that reflected the joy we have been missing.
I always recall the fun in watching the countdown and celebration of each new year. I love the gimmer and the colors of the floating confetti and so I chose vibrant colors and lots of shimmer in garments I know people would love to wear to any festive event.
My show opened with a black and white ensemble indicative of the period we just came out from. Our lives were turned upside down and having to survive we were all relegated to making things simple as in black and white.
As the models followed the colors became brighter and sharper with fabrics also becoming lighter and frilly representing our letting go of the heavy burdens and mournful periods we have endured.
For the canines, I took the approach of dressing them in formal wear mostly decorated with jewels and sequins. I always celebrate our canine companions. They do so much and get little recognition or celebration. They teach us so much if we let them. When facing adversity canines show bravery and most importantly they show resilience. They may lose a limb but they will come back walking. They bring us companionship and love when we need them most. So for me, they are champions. Did you know that more dogs were adopted during the pandemic than ever before?
I dress the dogs as a reflection of us. I, like many, feel that they are truly family members and that they too should have their time to shine. So for my show we celebrated both humans and canines as heroes.
For this show, I delved into menswear. I created cape-like coats in the most interesting holographic synthetic fabrics. It was inspired by garments depicted in Anime. The coats took on a cape-like presence making my males look like superheroes.
When the show opened, those in attendance cheered. It was totally uplifting. The magic of the fashions infused a sense of joy and celebration. The colorful backdrops we created digitally gave a jolt and pulled the audience into a world of brightness, joy and celebration. It all took us to a place we yearned for. It was “Theater”.
My hope was that those who watch are reminded that we are strong and resilient. I gave them a vision of the brightness at the end of the tunnel. I want to remind everyone of where we came from and that we can get there again.
Photos by Arun Nevader for Getty Images, Manonce, Hideki Aono and Mouhsine Idrissi.
Anthony Rubio is an Internationally acclaimed Pet Couturier and Women’s Wear designer. Anthony along with his one-a-kind creations have been featured on Access Hollywood, Inside Edition, Good Morning America, New York Times, The Today Show, TIME magazine, Vogue Italia, Harper’s Bazaar, USA Today, People Magazine, US Weekly, Glamour Magazine, ELLE Magazine, Women’s Wear Daily, New York Magazine’s The Cut, Telemundo, Univision, Sports Illustrated among many others.
Anthony Rubio: “In My World, The Humans Are The Accessories”
Dogs in Haute Couture Rule New York Fashion Week
From Anthony Rubio:
2020 was starting off with a bang. I was booked for two major talk show appearances, a one off spot on a long running primetime reality series and in the final stages of negotiation to be a judge on a new major network show involving dogs when everything came to a stop. I was just coming off the high of showcasing 10 seasons of runway shows during New York Fashion Week culminating with my anniversary show at New York’s Pier 59 Studios when the mandatory lockdown was announced in mid-March. Everything planned was postponed or canceled. Day to day business came to a grinding halt.
About a month after the lock down was in place, I started receiving orders from clients with dogs that had large social media followings and needed new glamorous garments to produce new content for their pages. Business started to increase, but not to the pre-pandemic level. With so much uncertainty, everything was pretty much left up in the air including the future of public fashion presentations.
Fast forward five months, and the subject of New York Fashion Week came up. I did not think it would happen, especially since indoor events were banned. Having been accustomed to my runway shows with an audience between 500 to 1,200 people to now zero spectators proved dismal. My previous runway show venues including Pier 59 Studios, Gotham Hall, Hammerstein Ballroom, Angel Orensanz, Industry City and Broadstreet Ballroom were no longer an option for obvious reasons.
After much encouragement and careful consideration as well as having to think outside of the box, I agreed to put together a full runway show following all the guidelines from the Health Department.
With time on my hands over the Summer, I was able to experiment with new concepts and different textiles. Early on, I was creating new fashions and was able to learn how to add details and mix fabrics I had not done before. As the new idea developed for this presentation, I let this collection take its own direction letting the fabrics lead me in the direction that brought us here. The colors are opulent and textures sublime begging to be touched. For the women’s wear, there is always a sensuality and some pieces are very ethereal. For the canine couture, I created a mix of both formal and whimsical creations matching the personalities of the pups. The overall result is a compact feast for the eyes to warm everyone’s heart.
This presentation was a totally new experience which can very well become the norm for the foreseeable future, though at this time nothing is certain. What is certain, is that I was able to create and present this collection with all my love thanks to the assistance of an amazingly creative team.
Without further delay, I present Anthony Rubio Designs Spring 2020 Fashion Presentation for New York Fashion Week. Enjoy.
Pet Couturier Anthony Rubio, is no stranger to the runways, having done runway shows for twelve years with the last eleven seasons during New York Fashion Week. Born and raised in New York City, of Puerto Rican ancestry, Mr Rubio with formal training at F.I.T. originally started out as a Women’s Wear designer in the late 80’s for other brands. It wasn’t until he rescued a badly beaten up Chihuahua in 2003 he would name Bandit that he had the idea to dress Bandit to be as stylish as he was. By 2004, a full brand was established. Anthony Rubio has become the leading force of all Canine Couture.
The pet product industry is estimated to bring in 65 billion dollars annually. You can’t help but notice that pets, primarily dogs appear in everything from ad campaigns to commercials to television shows and movies. Pets have transitioned from man’s best friend to being considered actual family members. People who delay having children or can not have children have chosen to fill the void with a pet. As with any family member, there will always be health issues and the need for vaccinations which in turn requires pet health insurance. Other expenses come in the form of pet grooming, pet sitting and/or pet accommodations while owners work or travel. Pet travel is huge as well because many hotels worldwide have opened the doors to these family members.
With all of these expenses in place we can not negate the fact the appearances mean everything and that a first impression is based on how one presents oneself. Pet Parents believe that the best impression comes through fashion. Anthony Rubio Designs creates the most distinctive canine fashions to leave the most memorable impressions. Each custom designed garment is a work of art utilizing the best of everything. Anthony Rubio Designs is not only concerned with the pet looking it’s best but also that the pet is comfortable and safe in this one of a kind creation.
Location: Tals Studio
Canine Models included dogs from shelters, rescue groups and social media influencers.
It Never Gets Old
I am referring to the excitement of seeing my name listed among the best designers who have earned their place not only on this calendar but on legendary catwalks of New York Fashion Week.
One week and counting for a Ninth Consecutive Season the Anthony Rubio Designs Women’s Wear & Canine Couture 2019 NYFW presentation. The first and only designer in the history of any NYFW to put canine models on the catwalks has raised the bar and the fashions can only get better.
Women’s Wear & Canine Couture
The Only Experience Like This During Fashion Week
Saturday, September 7th, 2019 at 3:00PM
172 Norfolk Street
New York, NY 10002
Anthony Rubio Designs In PEOPLE Magazine TV!
It’s New York Fashion Week and in anticipation of my Winter/Fall 2018 Fashion Presentation on Sunday, People Magazine reached out to me for an in depth interview and a look at what my runway shows are all about in their new video series PeopleTV Paws and Claws.
I am so thrilled to share it with you and ask that you please share it with all of your followers and friends.
My interview is the closing segment or as I was told, they saved the best for last. Enjoy!
Canine Casting Call!
Attention all fur moms and dads.
Here’s your special chance to have your dog walk the runway in my show Anthony Rubio Designs at New York Fashion Week next month. .
Open to all, Share, Tag etc. – So tag Your Favorite Dog!
Apply by clicking on the link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSd_NXWWAdovibWKi-UB6HMjYFhil39r8vwXjj0lytmm3KKnhg/viewform?c=0&w=1
Looking for well behaved dogs that will be walked or carried on the runway. All breeds. Small to large.
If chosen, Event date is September 9th, 2016 at 6pm.