DOTC Doggies on the Catwalk Event + Fashion Show 2019

The 12th annual DOTC - Doggies on the Catwalk event and fashion show was one for the books! It was an incredible evening of fashion and philanthropy. Hosted for a second year at the beautiful 25th floor of Greenberg Traurig in Buckhead, guests enjoyed lite-bites, The Macallan cocktails and Emerald Hare Rose, complimentary make-up touches by DIOR Beauty, fashion illustrations to take home and of course, service dog puppies to hold.

Emcees Tad & Kara from the Tad, Drex & Kara Morning Show on b98.5 did an amazing job interacting with guests and brought the right level of energy to the event. After auctioning off a Tiffany’s & Co dog bowl, collar and leash, the heart of the event took center stage. A big (and successful) change to the programming this year included honoring four service dog recipients from Canine Assistants. They took to the ‘catwalk’ with the service dog while their story was shared with guests. While it was an emotional moment, it helped guests see first hand what the mission of DOTC really is. During his heartfelt greeting to guests, founder E. Vincent Martinez asked guests to “not lose sight” of why we’re all here.

The evening closed with a dynamic runway show of mens and womenswear looks by Saks Fifth Avenue. DJ Ryan Noise set the tone for the hottest and latest Spring Summer looks from Balmain, Saint Laurent, Fendi, Burberry, Oscar de la Renta, The Row and many more fabulous labels to include covet-worthy shoewear by Louboutin, Dior, Givenchy and Raf Simons.

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A conversation with Fashion Icon Elie Tahari

“Clothing should be quieter than the woman so that

her true beauty can shine through.” Elie Tahari

Elie Tahari exemplifies the “American Dream.” He came to this country with nothing but his talent and drive which propelled him to build a fashion empire in the mid-seventies. Today, he is a successful, beloved and respected fashion designer.

During a visit to SAKS Fifth Avenue in Atlanta, where he had a runway show to feature his Fall 2018 ready-to-wear collection, Mr. Tahari was very gracious to make time for a conversation.

He spoke about the early days in New York City, working at a women’s boutique, which served as his motivation into the fashion industry. Mr. Tahari also shared his thoughts about womenswear, mennswear, where he finds his inspiration, he spoke about fashion trends and gave us a exclusive sneak peak into the future plans for Elie Tahari in 2019.

Thank you to Saks Fifth Avenue, Suthingirl and the Tahari team for the opportunity.

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PHOTO RECAP: DOGGIES ON THE CATWALK 2018

The Guests & Pups - photos by Deanna Fiveash & Paul Biagui

THE CATWALK

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Fashion's Night Out - NYC

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Unreal!

If I had to describe FNONY in just one word it would be, unreal. Last night was a celebration of the good, the tragic and the OMG-WTF are you wearing, as fashion victims of all kinds took over the streets of Manhattan in honor of the biggest fashion night of the year, in it's birthplace of NYC. You should be proud of me Atlanta because [apparently] I represented our city right. I was photographed by four different media types for their publications while I was out and about. My vintage bowtie - metallic shoe combo turned heads, I guess!

So, what was FNO like in NY? I called it unreal, but why?? 

The energy and excitement in the air. The masses of people flocking stores. The long lines to enter designer showrooms looked like the lines you'd make at Disney. All this made it seem unreal. AND fabulous!

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I wasn't alone. My friend of twenty-six years, Jeff, was with me. We started our evening in the Meatpacking District because

Alexander McQueen

was on the top of our list. It took us about fifteen minutes to get inside and that was lucky for us because not much later, the line went down for several blocks!

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Guests were invited to enter a room where the walls were filled with these hot pink cards, McQueen called it their "Wonderwall." On the back of the cards was a a gift item for about nine lucky winners. The rest of us got a whopping 10% off any item in the store.

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Pop-up tents like this were common throughout. Loads of FNOers were getting hair / make-up, etc...

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We missed out at

DVF

. There was no line when we got there but were distracted by Jeffrey across the street. When we came back outside, a clusterfuck style line had formed to get inside of DVF. We said, "no way!"

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It was great to finally visit Jeffrey NY. It's at least 3X or more the size of the Atlanta location and they carry menswear!

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After Jeffrey, we were done with the Meatpacking District and headed uptown to check out that scene. Jeff and I wandered into

Saks

to say hello to a friend who was working. Saks was insane. All of uptown, neighborhood to so many fabulous designer showrooms, was totally insane. As much as we loved FNO, it is fair to say that we were overwhelmed [but ready for it again next year!].

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