Clothing trends may come and go, but on November 8th Britain’s top designers proved that compassion is always fashion as canines in couture commanded the catwalk at Battersea Dogs and Cats Home’s annual Collars and Coats Gala Ball.
Hosted by Britain’s Got Talent judge Amanda Holden and Battersea Ambassador/new doting doggie Dad Paul O’Grady– who recently helped to shine a spotlight on the renowned animal charity in the series Paul O’Grady: For the Love of Dogs– the red carpet at London’s Battersea Evolution was flooded with a sea of stars in a show of support for the paws cause, including Anthony Head of Buffy the Vampire Slayer fame; two-time Olympic gold medalist Rebecca Adlington; socialite Tamara Ecclestone; singer Jamelia; children’s author Dame Jacqueline Wilson; former footballer Gary Lineker and his wife, model/actress Danielle Lineker; reality personalities Rosie Fortescue and Cheska Hull from Made in Chelsea; hair stylist to the stars Nicky Clarke and broadcaster Neil Fox, who enjoyed performances by Joss Stone and Jamie Cullum along with the Fido-centric fashion show which was presented by fashion journalist Hilary Alexander and David Gandy, an international supermodel as well as a role model, thanks to his position as a Battersea Ambassador.
From lavish collar and leash sets to capes for the style-conscious Spot, a few of Battersea Dogs and Cats Home’s resident Rovers “put on the dog” to help raise funds for the UK’s oldest animal welfare organization. Fans of Fidos, felines and fashion can currently bid on items created by the following doggedly devoted British designers:
Ben De Lisi
For more information regarding Battersea Dogs and and Cats Home, which has rescues, reunited and rehomed more than 3.1 million companion animals since its founding in 1860:
- visit www.battersea.org.uk
The following CNN clip offers a close up look at some of the puppy apparel worn by Fido fashionistas to the gala ball:
Photo Credit: Battersea Dogs and Cat’s Home