Last Thursday, blizzard conditions blasted the U.S. Northeast causing travel delays and cancelled flights in and around New York City. No worries. Not even a snowstorm and snarled commutes was going to stop hundreds of tenacious style-savvy dogs and their peeps from attending the 14th annual New York Fashion Show, presented by TropiClean at the Hotel Pennsylvania.
It was a benefit for the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals – this year’s theme “Global Couture for Animal Rescue.” And a showstopper it was! Models wore spectacular style de mode costumes on the catwalk, each representing different countries. Pet Fashion designers Ada Nieves, Anthony Rubio, Ninoska Viggiano and other high-end enthusiasts handcrafted the outfits worn by cats, dogs, humans and a lizard.
“Everyone loves fashion,” says chairman Gregg Oehler. “And in our own way, by having models walk the runway with rescue pets, we hope to change the public perception–whether it’s a mutt or full breed rescue.”
As Kathleen Hulser, the public historian of the New-York Historical Society told the New York Times: “The city is also the world capital of canine and kitty couture – indeed, of all pet fashion.”