There’s been a lot of negative press regarding the fashion industry of late, from Burberry burning up to $37 million worth of “excess stock” per year, to the news that crocs are making a come back. So, it’s nice to finally have something satorically positive to say for a change.
The Algonquin Hotel in Manhatten held it’s annual cat fashion show this week, with stylish felines doing their turn on the catwalk to raise awareness of animal adoption. The polished puss cats were carted up the runway by their human servants, allowing them to strut their stuff for the pararazzi and those in the FROW.
The theme was the “Purring 20s,” with mewdels adorned in Gatsby-inspired garments and glamourous vintage accessories. Melanie Lee, cat mom to Sake and Merlin, decked out her rescue furbabies in jazz age attire for the event. Sake showed up wearing a lovely lilac gown and garden hat, while her brother was turned out in a top hat and tails.
“These are rescue cats, and that’s the whole reason for this whole event,” she said. “And I think there’s a huge need to adopt more animals off the street, and there’s a lot of cats looking for loving homes.”
All profits from the fashion show went to the Mayors Alliance for NYC’s Animals, a charity that helps to find homes for cats and dogs. While the outfits were created by Ada Nieves, an animal fashion designer (cool job alert).
Alice De Almieda, the Algonquin’s “Chief Cat Officer,” said: “Everybody is here to help because we all believe that adoption is the option. We want to let people know that cats are special and that the Mayor’s Alliance is just a wonderful organisation.”
This year’s theme was inspired by the Algonquin’s history. From 1919 to 1929, the hotel was the meeting place of the Algonquin Round Table, a group of New York’s actors, writers and critics. Considered great minds and known for their wit, members included Harold Ross (New Yorker Editor), Ruth Hale (writer and women’s rights advocates), and film star Harpo Marx.
The hotel has also been home to a range of stray cats since the 1930s, since the then-manager Frank Case adopted a stray he called Billy. The current hotel cat is named Hamlet, who mainly likes to the chill in the lobby.