Shaggy Chic: Designers Dogwalk for Battersea Dogs & Cats Home

Doggy style has never been so chic! With the likes of Stella McCartney, Mulberry and Vivienne Westwood creating exclusive dog coats and accessories for the abandoned and unwanted canines at Battersea Dogs & Cats Home, canine couture will be shown at its best at the Collars & Coats Gala Ball on Thursday 8 November 2012. And it will be all for a good cause as guests at the charity fundraiser will be able to bid on the one-off pieces of fashion history which will then be auctioned off in aid of the animal rescue charity.

Husky Colleen, labrador Comet and their sleek, shaggy and wet nosed friends will be swapping their Battersea kennels on Thursday evening for the dogwalk to model exclusive canine couture by Giles Deacon, Fabergé, Henry Holland, Stephen Jones, Julien Macdonald, Stella McCartney, Mulberry, Jenny Packham, Gareth Pugh, Zandra Rhodes, Philip Treacy, Matthew Williamson and Vivienne Westwood, amongst others.

Battersea’s Collars & Coats Gala Ball, now in its fourth year, will be hosted by Dolce & Gabanna supermodel and Battersea Ambassador David Gandy and by fashion journalist and stylist Hilary Alexander, with Jamie Cullum performing an hour-long set. All profits will go to Battersea Dogs & Cats Home, which has rescued, reunited and re-homed over 3.1 million dogs and cats since it was founded in 1860.

Photos: : Colleen in Julian Macdonald above and below: David Gandy with Coocobean, Frankie in Jenny Packham and Cree in Matthew Williamson, Julian McDonald with Comet

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