What a fabulous experience, for all involved! I could write 10,000 words describing each and every detail. Instead, I’ll do my best to let the pictures tell the story.
Anticipation grew as twenty-two dogs prepared to strut their stuff of the finest runway known to dog fashion. Tasha and ZZ flew in from NYC. Hemi and Lulu flew in from Tennessee. Coco Puff Pomeranian, P-nut and Dia joined us from Scottsdale, AZ. Seven Palm Springs dogs made their Le Chien debut and eight LA dogs jumped in their cars and drove out for a day of desert fun.
The venue was incredible. A grand entrance, two large beautifully appointed tents, with a garden area in between. And the runway…. 100 feet of glistening white, surrounded by rows and rows of chairs. I don’t know the exact count. Someone said it seats 1000 — and we practically sold out!
I drove my brand new Fiat 500 sport in Saturday morning and immediately went from house to house for last minute fittings. I was too tired to make the Saturday night party, so I had a quiet dinner with my two best friends. The show put me up at the Viceroy in a lovely room! Sunday morning I arrived at the venue with all of the clothes. The dressing room was a large area, but it filled up fast with both dogs and human models. We had seven tables, each held three dogs. The clothes were all numbered and labeled, so I hung them on the racks and the production staff went to work.
By one o’clock, all of the dogs were there, except for little Jade Belmont! A lady hit their car on the way there, so they got held up. She looked darling in her pink ruffled confection (picture to follow). We did some final fittings, then had a run-through. Later the human models arrived. Each came to meet the dogs they would be handling. We had another quick run through. Backstage was abuzz with excitement.
And then… showtime! Some dogs walked, some walked part way and then the models picked them up. A few got shy and glammed it up in the model’s arms. All enjoyed the enthusiastic cheering crowd.
The two whippets, Maks & Jay were the last dogs out, followed my me, with Woofie and Bear. This picture of me is not flattering at all, but I like it because it reminds me of myself as a kid, because I’m all distorted in it. I was born painfully shy, dyslexic, pigeon-toed and with scoliosis. All of that made me the artist that I am, because it is where my heart came from. So I find the shot to be complete.
The show ended and we all came back to our lives with lots of joy in our hearts and a lot of great memories. It’s the people and the dogs that made this such a successful event. I hope to work with each and every one of you again! Thank you for all that you contributed. You guys ROCK!!!