Coco & I welcomed in the Holiday Season with a weekend in New York City, at the #CelebrityCatWalk #PawsintheCity Reindeer Edition Fashion Show!
Twice a year, Celebrity Cat Walk puts on fab, fun and glamorous fashion shows to help raise money for two hard-working rescue organizations, Yorkie911 Rescue and Zani's Furry Friends.
Helping homeless pets is something close to my heart. I'm am fostering a homeless Cornish Rex right now, you can read his story here:
And of course, dressing "to the nine's" is something that Coco does so well that also helps bring attention to alternative fund raising for pet rescues by way of pet fashion shows!
Being a model at the Celebrity Cat Walk shows is by invitation only, and there is an entry fee, I was quite honored to have Coco invited as the first cat to ever strut the Celebrity Cat Walk runway!
A panel of designers pick out their models and design a scene, fashioning costumes, jewelry and hats to coordinate with their vision.
I'll have to say I felt a little bit like a kid at Christmas, seeing presents under the tree, and wondering what was inside...waiting to see what the designers came up with for Coco!
I knew that one designer was making her a dress of a silvery knit with beautiful brocade ribbon and flowers and jewels in an turquoise blue that reminded me of the ocean! Coco was supposed to walk the runway with two little dogs in matching tuxedos, but somehow that didn't happen...
And one of our favorite milliners, Roni Golderg, was fashioning Coco a coordinating pill box hat! We already had a nice collection of Fabuleash leashes, and I was sure one would go well with the ensemble!
Then, another one of our favorite designers, Jacque Butterfield Calloway of Bella's Prissy Puppie Boutique, picked Coco and a bevy of fashionable friends to wear her creations with a Paris theme, to honor the memory of those lost in the terror attack there last month.
In the book featuring Coco, Coco le Chat, the World's Most Fashionable Feline, the story goes that Coco is a Parisian kitty, so she has a number of outfits with a Francais flair! She even has a black beret, which she wears with a jaunty tilt!
I pulled out my beret, too, and shopped online for dresses that would also be classic and fit my budget, too. I thought both Coco and I walked the runway looking very chic, with Coco being the focus, just as she should be!
And our finale ensemble, created by Susan McGuire of Babette's Maison de Woof, was described to me as a faux fur snow leopard caplet, which I thought would be stunning with Coco's coloration! But when I saw it, well it was even more fabulous than I had even imagined!
It has a very vintage feel, with a ruffled peplum and ruby colored jewels that added a little sparkle...and the lining was a Christmas red satin that made it even more festive.
Val Sorenson, of The Domestic Dogdess, made the exquisite jeweled necklace just for Coco and she was able to wear it with both the caplet on the runway, as well as with her lacy red party dress, designed by Lola Teigland of LOLA Dog Couture, at the soiree on Saturday!
We went up to NYC with one of our kitty friends, the lovely Gia and her two personal assistants.
Gia is also a Cornish Rex. In a way, Gia jumped into the fashion scene when her human saw Coco and her pretty dresses and asked where we found such perfect outfits.
And her owner was the person that put together the first fashion show to be held at the National Capital Cat Show this past September. Here's a link to the post I did about that fashion show:
Gia is a young kitty, just 2 years old and we are sure she has a bright future ahead of her on the runway, though she is planning on taking some time off to be a mother. That is how Coco did it! Coco is now 10 years old, and the epitome of elegance, but also able to pull off cute and silly sometimes, too!
We got to see many of our fashionable friends while in NYC, did a little sightseeing and found some good places to eat.
We stayed at the Affinia Manhattan NYC and had a suite that was larger than many NYC condos! We certainly would recommend it to anyone planning a stay in the heart of the city!
The events of the weekend were well-attended and a little crowded and it was hard to juggle food, drink and kitty.
Having Coco in her Sleepypod made it easier on her, and also gave her some protection against unleashed dogs...and there was one that came after her twice...but he was leashed on Sunday, thank goodness!
Many photos were snapped, and I am still surfing the web looking for photos, but I plan on making up a little slideshow featuring some of photos I took of our favorite ensembles of the weekend! I hope to have that done in time for a Fashion Friday post!
And since it's Hop Day, don't forget to visit some new-to-you pet blogs and say hello! We will!