Social Diary: Four-Legged Fashion

After dozens of smaller fundraisers leading up to the big night, the fifth annual Fashion for Paws Fashion Show was far more elaborate this year and about as glitzy as they come for the canine fashion set.
By John Arundel

Entertainment Tonight’s Fashion Correspondent, , Fashion For Paws Executive Director in Pink with Emcee Pamela Sorensen and WHS CEO Lisa LaFontaine. (Photo by Kyle Samperton)

Traditionally the biggest fundraiser of the Washington Humane Society – with 1,700 attendees, Fashion For Paws, raised $520,000 this year. The fashion show, produced by Aba Kwawu with music by Seyhan Duru, featured a glitzy catwalk and dramatic backdrop with 69 models attired in outfits from a dozen Tysons Galleria retailers.

Entertainment Tonight’s “Fashion Guy” Lawrence Zarian dropped in from Hollywood to serve as honorary host, with “Top Dog” sponsor vitaminwater zero and regional marketing guru introducing a special preview of its Flavors of Fashion couture collection, featuring five pieces created by LA designer that were inspired by Vitamin’s various flavors.

Event Co-Chairs and Dr. Dondi Dahlgaard, Mistress of Ceremonies Pamela Sorensen, Committee chairs Windy Shepard and Wendy Gordon stepped it up this year, helping the exceed fundraising goals by $30,000.

Lavishly put on by by Syzygy Event Productions, Digital Lightning and Design Cuisine, other major sponsors included Bottega Italian Living, Toka Salon, Edge Floral Events and Washington Fine Properties.

On the runway, The World Bank’s with her bulldog and rescue mutt took top honors among women, tallying up $20,000 for the Humane Society, while Fresh FM’s raised the most among the men, with $12,000 raised.

With 50 mutts, schnauzers, Huskies, Great Danes and other canines competing, there were the occasional unrehearsed moments.

But, “luckily, no dog accidents,” said Fashion For Paws Executive Director Tara de Nicolas. “This year we stepped up our game.”

ANIMAL LOVERS: , Bob Johnson, , , Sally and , Amanda and , , Brianna Keilar, , Maria Burns, Olivia and , , , , , .

Lynda Erkiletian in Ann Fontaine on the runway with her pug

Vitaminwater zero inspired gown created by FIDM/Clay Sadler

Allison Parent, Philippe Cousteau, Jan Cousteau and Cindy Jones

Ashley Taylor in Wolford with her puppy, Zorro. (Photo by Kyle Samperton)

Tiffany Carter in Karen Millen with doggie, Kali Robert Photo by Kyle Samperton.

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  1. April 19, 2011

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