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Animal lovers unite: Catwalk FurBaby Fashion Show

Animal lovers unite! Catwalk FurBaby Fashion Show at NYFW was a mashup of designers, models, rescue animals and charities that came together for a purpose. Hosted by Consuelo Vanderbilt Costin, luxury lifestyle brand ELYSIAN launched the Inaugural CatWalk FurBaby fundraiser at New York Fashion Week 2023. Ten models + dogs on Catwalk wore matchng outfits by fashion designers Malan Breton, Anne Fontaine, Merci Dupre, Victor deSouza, Nicole Miller, Marc Bouwer, Noize Apparel, Gloria Lee, Karen Caldwell, and Brook Wilder.

Fashion Month highlights: Animal lovers unite: Catwalk FurBaby Fashion Show photos + video by Brigitte Segura.

FashionDailyMag Lifestyle Editor #brigitteseguracurator.

A panel of celebrity judges headed by Fern Mallis with Carol Alt and Karen Abercrombie handed out awards to animal welfare organizations paired with each model-and-pet team.

“This is the first time that fashion, animals and charity have been brought together in New York Fashion Week,” ELYSIAN Founder Karen Floyd said. “To do it in a way that will benefit the lives of countless pets adds a layer of meaning that will not soon be forgotten.”

The ten animal welfare organizations which represented on the runway : Operation Kindness (Texas), Friends of Williamson County Animal Shelter (Tennessee), Jameson Rescue (California), Danny & Ron’s Rescue (South Carolina and Florida), Big Dog Ranch Rescue (Florida), Freedom Dogs (Ohio and California), Strong Island Animal Rescue League (New York), Global Strays (New York), Animal Advocates of Barnwell County (South Carolina), and Companion Animal Alliance (Louisiana).

“No two outfits will look the same, and some of our designers are so dedicated to the cause that they are creating complementary outfits for the pets. CatWalk FurBaby is fashion and charity reimagined, remixed and re-energized. The ELYSIAN team and SohoMuse have brought together 10 designers from all over the country for one eclectic, high-energy show,”

Consuelo Vanderbilt Costin, emcee and president, SohoMuse.

CatWalk FurBaby was conceived by Floyd as a way to bring together creative powerhouses, women change- makers, and animal welfare organizations in an effort to make the world better for our furry companions under the auspices of ELYSIAN Impact, the brand’s philanthropic arm.

Our readers are lifelong learners, successful in their lives and careers, and possess an insatiable curiosity. They also think about legacy, and the growing power of women in the philanthropic space. ELYSIAN Impact is dedicated to improving the lives of women, children, animals and the environment. “

Karen Floyd, ELYSIAN Impact


DRC Ventures, a global catalyst for conservation efforts led by visionary founder Dr. Christina Rahm, is event title sponsor. DRC Ventures’ mission is to create sustainable solutions that challenge the status quo creatively, scientifically, and artistically; to create products to support the health of individuals, animals, and the earth, with environmental attention also paid to land, air, and water conservation. It is spearheaded by Dr. Christina Rahm, a multi-talented doctor, psychologist, scientist, patent innovator, humanitarian, and author.

Merci Dupre Clothiers couture line in luxury, eco-fashion, and environmental protection. This unique line of ‘Enviremware’ clothing will offer an unbeatable barrier against hazardous toxins , while supporting non-exposure of radio frequency electromagnetic particles from 5G.

Fashion Month highlights: Animal lovers unite: Catwalk FurBaby Fashion Show photos + video by Brigitte Segura.

FashionDailyMag Lifestyle Editor #brigitteseguracurator.


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