Glamour, glitz, good occasions and doing good; these have been the themes this weekend on the 4th annual Fabulous Cotillion for furbabies on the Abacoa Nation Membership in Jupiter, Florida. G Woman Productions’ fearless chief and occasion coordinator extraordinaire, Laura Souza, and Gianna, the inspiration for the G in G Woman, presided over a really nicely run Three-day occasion showcasing designer canine fashions for rescue, two of which this blogger attended. It was my first time and I didn’t actually know what to anticipate. I walked away understanding why fashion-loving canine mothers from everywhere in the nation mark their calendars to attend and I hope to be there once more, subsequent yr.
So, what truly occurs at a doggy Cotillion? Nicely, there are debutantes and seasoned cat walkers, too…of the furry type. There are stage mothers of types, however you’ll be able to see how a lot they love their little expenses. And, there’s style, and loads of it, the centerpiece of the runway exhibits, judging and awards given out over the course of the 2 nights.
The weekend kicked off with a birthday celebration. My good friend, Amy Cox, flew in from Texas together with her 5 canine a day early to throw a birthday bash for Penelope, her 14 yr previous Yorkie and Pearl, her 10 yr previous white Chihuahua, proven right here with Pearl on her precise birthday in a photograph taken once they came around in Fort Lauderdale.
The official program for 150 (a bought out home) kicked off on Friday with Worldwide Night time, a cocktail celebration and runway present, celebrating style from around the globe. Rob Sayegh, founder and head of R World Productions, was available all weekend to seize the festivities on movie.
Every entrant selected a rustic to symbolize and showcased their designer’s creation. American stars and stripes; Scottish kilts; Irish clothes; Spanish traje de luces or go well with of lights, have been represented, as was an Indian princess and an African lion, amongst many extra. French Bulldog, Sir Charles Barkley, wearing Marie Antoinette interval French lace and brocade and mother, Neely Waring, rocked it as Marie Antoinette.
Under, Kismet, wore a gorgeously vibrant Mongolian prince jacket designed by Nanette DeRonda of ShihNanigans – Elaborations for Pets. And, Amy Cox sparkled in an identical cape with Paco Dos’ ensemble as Uncle Sam, designed by Danielle Pursel of Sew Doggone Artistic.
The large winners of the night have been Gigi as Miss Worldwide, sporting a voluminous, sparkly kelly inexperienced confection by Julie Lancaster of Off the Cuff Stuff for Pets. Mr. Worldwide was captured by Tucker, a 15 year-old shepherd combine and 2-time most cancers survivor, who wore that go well with of lights, on this case, sparkly sequins, together with a detachable cape, created by ShihNanigans. Gigi’s mother, Wendy Carlson DePinto, was beaming. “We have been ready for an enormous one,” she exclaimed. “Boy, did we get it!”
And, that’s the factor. These canine mothers and the designers they collaborate with work so onerous to get right here. It might sound foolish to some, however the world of aggressive style occasions is rising, and quickly. What began seven years in the past with designer, Linda Higgins, a former inside designer who, as an avid animal lover, selected a change in careers that sparked a tidal wave of followers, is now a bona fide motion.
I see it on the New York Pet Trend Present and different, smaller occasions I cowl. Annually, they develop greater and larger. So, when Wendy was overcome with emotion about Gigi’s massive win, it’s not that a lot totally different than the beaming mother at a toddler magnificence pageant, a practice begun again in 1921. There’s numerous time, power, love of style and a ardour for his or her pets that go into it. And, a touch of exhibitionism.
There’s a group right here; you go not just for pleasant competitors, however to see your pageant pals, get your fill of style and, often, to boost cash for rescue. Each one of many occasions I’ve attended has a charitable element. With the Fabulous Cotillion, it’s a central catalyst, and this yr, Canine Rescue out of Augusta, South Carolina, was the recipient.
Canine Rescue will get the canine nobody else needed; the throwaways. Oftentimes, there’s numerous rehabilitation required, however the finish recreation is to seek out these animals a loving endlessly house. Barbie Yonce, of the group, introduced alongside Stuart (named after Stuart Little), a stunning pet mill rescue who arrived very sick, as many pet mill puppies do. He’s come a great distance however was nonetheless tentative and shy.
Saturday night time was the large occasion. I even donned a full size robe…actually! LOL Pre-judging of the contestants, an ideal concept carried out by Laura, started early, the place the judges might see the items created for every canine on the canine, up shut and private.
Contestants are judged on quite a lot of issues, together with the style itself, its development, fashion, match, their character, pizzazz. Canine are judged on how snug they’re sporting the clothes and strutting their stuff down the runway. For the primary time this yr, Souza included an animal behaviorist as a decide in Jamie Diaz of Dynamite Canine Coaching, who noticed every canine’s physique language and demeanor. Diaz is educated by and beneath the license of Victoria Stilwell and her staff.
The opposite judges have been Chandra Hoover of chandra.todd, a night robe and jewellery designer, and designer, Elizabeth Fletcher. At one level, French Bulldog, Sir Charles Barkley, an apparent flirt, received cheeky with Chandra, making an attempt to win favoritism with kisses. I imply, he truly walked up and casually kissed her on the mouth! And, Chandra was naughty…she kissed him again! Properly, he’s fairly irresistibly cute, so all of us agreed to chop her some slack.
As soon as pre-judging ended, we have been served a Three-course dinner and I had the great fortune to take a seat subsequent to 2 lovable fur infants – Child and Oliver. Doggies have been served Canine Pawrignon champagne…significantly, people, how cute is that…and natural treats and veggie plates.
Then, the Lifetime Achievement Awards ceremony commenced. Two got. Nava Feinstein, considered one of G Women’ first fashions and winner of Miss Haute Couture, a Homecoming Queen of 2016, a licensed Remedy Canine and throughout sweetheart senior, was honored. Mother, Debbie Feinstein, was delivered to tears as Laura learn off all of Nava’s accomplishments and what she’s meant to Laura, Gianna and the group.
Snuggles, an enormous affect in getting Laura and Gianna concerned within the doggy world, handed away out of the blue from mind irritation at 9 years previous this previous Might. Mother Brygida Tr was heartbroken. Snuggles was a 2 lb Blue Teacup Chihuahua who was a lot liked and had acquired many awards and accolades through the years. Brygida introduced Laura with a collage she created of key reminiscences of Snuggles, and it was a really emotional second for everybody within the room.
The style present adopted and each canine was dressed to impress. Like the sweetness pageants Miss USA, Miss Universe or Miss World, once you win Miss or Mr. Cotillion, you go on to a yr of journey, occasions, photograph shoots, interviews and all issues befitting a Cotillion winner. Hopes have been excessive and the thrill within the room was palpable.
Every canine and mother labored that runway, and on the finish, when the judges returned from their deliberations, these have been the winners of the night’s awards:
It started with recognizing the 2016 Mr. and Miss Cotillion and the passing of the crown, because it have been.
Mr. Cotillion 2016, Baxter, an lovable Yorkie who’s gained nearly each award a canine can win on this area (you’ve seen him coated on Bark & Swagger across the Tompkins Sq. Halloween Parade and the New York Pet Trend Present), made his final look as a contestant at this occasion. At 12 years previous, Baxter is retiring, however mother, Lynn Consovoy, advised me they are going to be very seen at future occasions as spectators, having fun with the festivities.
Miss Cotillion 2016 was Gertie and mother, Melanie Johnson and Gertie have been together with her designer, Darlene Hachey .
The 2017 awards went to:
Mr. Photogenic: Oliver, sporting an cute pink tuxedo vest by Kelly of KO Couture. I sat subsequent to mother, Celeste Marie, throughout dinner and she or he was completely sure Oliver wouldn’t win. However, I noticed up shut how valuable and cute this boy was, so I wasn’t stunned when his identify was referred to as.
Miss Photogenic: Roxy, in a creation by seminal designer, Linda Higgins.
Greatest Night Robe: Gigi scooped up one other award in a stunning brilliant blue robe that was a collaboration between her mother, Wendy DePinto of Glitzy Couture and Yssa De Asis.
Greatest Tux: Kismet, created by Nanette DeRonda of ShihNanigans-Elaborations for Pets.
Mild Furboy (how cute a title for an award is that?!): Magnum P.I., additionally created by ShihNanigans.
Miss Congeniality: Delilah, with a robe by Danielle Pursel.
Mr. Ambassador: Sir Charles Barkley (I assume these kisses made an impression!), with a vest by Designs by Diane.
Miss Ambassador: Dutchess, Gigi’s sister, with a design by Sophia Lauren Kennedy.
Drum roll, please! And the recipients of Mr. and Miss Cotillion have been……
Mr. Cotillion 2017: Cooper, with mother, Angy Gardner, with an outfit by ShihNanigans.
Miss Cotillion 2017: Autumn Grace, with mother Kathleen Jennings, in a robe by Lola Teigland, who by the way, started as a designer for Dior.
When it was all carried out, canine, mothers and designers have been exhausted as they filed out for the night time. However, that they had a Polo Brunch to look ahead to the subsequent day, the place they might get to debut one other outfit and socialize with their associates, as soon as extra. And, the rescue? G Woman Productions and the Fabulous Cotillion 2017 raised $6,100.00. That may assist this small rescue rather a lot. Congratulations, all!