Fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg along with her billionaire husband Barry Diller, have expanded their litter of cuddly friends by taking matters into their own hands by way of their wallets. The couple decided to clone their dog by paying a whopping $100,000.
The New York Post reports on the bizarre tale of pet love and shares that the couple cloned their beloved Jack Russell Terrier Shannon into two new dogs for the jaw-dropping price. The publication relays the details as to why Diane and her husband decided to go the route of cloning as opposed to simply getting a whole new cuddly creature.
“According to the New York Post, the fashion diva’s husband became so attached to the dog that he had the pooch’s DNA cloned by a specialist company, which created a pair of puppies who are almost exact replicas of Shannon.”
Shannon was reportedly one pampered pet and there is no word as to whether the two replicas of the terrier are treated with the same lavish manner but it’s very likely. The Post shares about the terrier’s behavior’s that gave her a bit of a reputation.
“Shannon slept in a grand, custom-made, neoclassical doghouse. Shannon was somewhat well known among the Hollywood circuit as bit of a rebel rouser. One year, she disturbed her daddy’s annual pre-Oscars picnic with his designer wife by finding her way onto the Spanish-tile roof of the couple’s hacienda in Los Angeles. Shannon then ran back and forth perilously close to the edge, in view of many worried guests including some of entertainment’s biggest names. Barry was forced to make his way onto the roof deck to lure the altitude-loving dog down to safer ground.”
The $100k price tag is clearly not an issue for the couple who are worth an estimated $3.9 billion. The process of cloning the furry friends is done by a Korean firm that implants DNA into a dog egg. The two new dogs are named Deena and Evita. Just as Shannon has, Deena already has a dress named after her.
As Wonderwall shares, von Furstenberg has taken to Instagram in the past to show off her new pups. And fittingly captioned the snaps.
“Sisters on a Saturday in the country! Love Diane.”
Although married to a billionaire mogul, Diane continues to own the territory of ready to wear fashion for the sophisticated woman. von Furstenberg’s latest collection for Fall 2016 was recently revealed in an intimate showing to the who’s who of the New York scene.
WWD was there to chat with the seasoned designer about her pieces that continue to be pleasers to women of all ages. The showing was not to reveal her new line in the usual manner but was intended to be shared via social media by the notable attendees. It was a means to gain more interest from her younger demographic and to get them excited about the line.
“von Furstenberg may not have opened her doors to a consumer audience, but this presentation had nothing to do with showing the industry her latest wares. This was about the photo op, pure and simple, the TV coverage, the videos, the Snapchats and, especially, the Instagram moment, and looking cool to the demographic of young women who wear DVF.”
The designer certainly knows how to get the attention of the younger audience and by inviting notable young women who are avid users of social media, such as Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid, von Furstenberg achieved what she has sought out to.
WWD quotes the designer and gets her take on the unconventional showing.
“Coming [here] is to put the woman at the center of everything we do For me as a designer, it seems very appropriate. I’m kind of the friend in the woman’s closet.”
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