David Patrick Columbia's New York Social Diary

7 August 2008

Summer Carnivals

Robert Verdi hosted Animal Fair Magazine's 9th Annual Paws for Style Fashion Show, presented by Cesar Canine Cuisine.  Celebs and activists including The Hills' Lauren Conrad, Cornelia Guest, Nikki Blonski, Animal Fair's chief pet officer and judge on the new CBS series Greatest American Dog Wendy Diamond, twin Maxim models Jodie and Diane Fanelli, Richard Belzer, Miss Teen USA Hilary Cruz, Devorah Rose, Maria Kanellis, Alison Becker, Lauren Glassberg, Jo Piazza, Frances Hayward, Emma Snowdon-Jones, and James Aguiar, hit the runway with their four-legged friends in support of the Humane Society of New York (HSNY) in designs by philanthropic designers including Marc Jacobs, Tory Burch, Armani, Michael Mione, Maggie Norris, Heatherette, Jackie Rogers, Christian Audigier, Rebecca Taylor, FORM by Jerry Tam, Badgley Mischka, and Nanette Lepore.

Each of the looks seen on the runway will be auctioned off on 100% of the proceeds from the event and the auction will benefit the HSNY to provide funds for their hospital, adoption, spay and neuter programs. Since 1904, the HSNY has been a presence in New York City, reaching out to animals in need when illness, injury or homelessness strikes. Today, their programs help 30,000 cats and dogs annually and their numbers continue to grow. The cost of caring is high, and the HSNY's hard work is made possible entirely by their own fundraising efforts and the charitable gifts of people who value and choose to support their mission.  

Alison Minton and Kathleen Giordano