What is more precious than top British designers designing coats for stray dogs for charity? Nothing, that's what! Prepare to squeal with insatiable delight, because the renown Battersea Dogs and Cats Home is hosting the fourth annual Collar & Coats Ball on the 8th of November. An impressive array of top British fashion designers are creating coats for the stray dogs at the shelter-- those dogs will then model on the 'dogwalk' at the event. The designer coats will be auctioned off, with all proceeds going to the home to help the animals of Battersea in need.
The pups above, who belong to the BDCH, are modeling two of the coats to auction. Cree, the Rottweiler cross puppy, is modeling Matthew Williamson, and Frankie the Beagle is showing off his Jenny Packham. The designers were inspired by the event, and took it very seriously. Jenny Packham talked about her inspiration: 'The coat is a development from a costume made for Dita Von Teese and is a Doggy "multi coloured dream coat" made for a trip to Doggy Eden.' Fancy! Matthew Willamson's inspiration, however, was closer to home: 'My muse was my American cocker spaniel, Coco….she is very chic!' We want the dogs and the coats, please?!?!
The designers presenting coats and accessories for the Collar & Coats Ball include: Giles Deacon, Ben De Lisi, Faberge, Jeremy Hackett, Henry Holland, Stephen Jones, Derek Lawlor, Julien Macdonald, Stella McCartney, Mulberry, Jenny Packham, Gareth Pugh, Trevor Pickett, Zandra Rhodes, Philip Treacy, Matthew Williamson, and Vivienne Westwood. Phew, that is impressive- and heartwarming.
We're not only excited to see some amazing designs, but to help these pups and kitties get the recognition they deserve. For more information, or to squeal at the event in action, visit www.collarsandcoats.org.uk.