So, Lady Gaga has a dog. That in itself isn’t that interesting, but what is is that the dog, a French Bulldog named Miss Asia, is one of the new faces of Coach handbags. Ignoring the fact that this is probably infuriating to young models looking for some campaign work, it’s kind of weird that a product for humans (dog limbs can’t even support the weight of a finely crafted leather bag) is being modeled by a dog. No offense to the dog (she’s cute), but like how are we supposed to know how a bag might look carried when it’s just you literally sitting stoically next to it?
Well, that’s certainly not the weirdest thing about this whole ad. What’s weirder is that the shoot was inspired by the dog from Frasier, a Jack Russel named Eddie. Now, this dog looks nothing like the stubborn Eddie, friend to the Crane Patriarch Marty Crane. This is what Eddie looks like:
The brand says that because Eddie appeared in Coach ads (which they learned, digging through their archives), that he was the inspiration for the fun and humourous new ad campaign. But like, this dog is nothing like Eddie, she’s more like Lillith:
This French Bulldog is a dead-ringer for the cold, austere Lillith. Heck, even Miss Asia’s pose is giving us Lillith vibes. Eddie was blue collar, while Lillith was a pompous snob. It’s clear that when digging through the archives, they neglected to identify the true Frasier inspiration.
What’s more, it turns out working with Lady Gaga’s dog wasn’t the best. The team told The Cut, “It wasn’t easy.” And the photographer, Steven Meisel, was allegedly a saint. “I think there was a lot of patience from Steven. It was definitely one of the most surreal shoots I’ve ever been on,” said Coach Creative Director Stuart Vevers.
A dog in pearls! Now we’ve seen everything.