The Night Saks Went To the Dogs

Fashionistas have been known to show their baser instincts when it comes to shopping the season's must-haves. It's not unheard of for fur to fly during a designer sale, and last Thursday night at Saks Fifth Avenue Birmingham was no exception!   

DOGS AND DENIM

We've covered canine couture here before, but neither Lily nor I have ever set foot on the runway, so it was a great privilege to join some of Birmingham's chicest celebrity canines (and their counterparts) in Saks' annual fashion show fundraiser for Hand In Paw. With the efforts of Saks stylist Ernest Robles, Jr., canine couture CEO/designer Jasmine Lawson, and Trish McEvoy Beauty Specialist Kimberly Crawford, Lily and I went from messy mutts to polished pups for the Saks Fifth Avenue Dogs and Denim Fall Fashion Show. 

FETCHING FALL FASHION

Cordial canines are always welcome at Saks, but the Dogs and Denim event was a particularly special evening for anyone possessing a nose for clothes. While we prepped backstage for our "cav-walk" debut, guests shopped the fall collection and sipped cocktails. Still others were content to sniff the shoe department and sample biscuits until the show began. 

On the runway, models wore the best of Saks' Contemporary collection, which included denim pieces from J Brand, AG, and Joe's Jeans, plus autumn essentials by Joie, Burberry, Michael Kors, Elizabeth & James, and Shoshanna, to name a few. And not to be outdone, the furry fashionistas bow-wowed in bespoke collars, leashes, and accessories by Jazzy J Designs. (See more of what we wore here!)

NOT JUST FLUFF

A five-star fall runway event at Saks would be enough to entice any fashion hound to attend, but the Dogs and Denim paw-ty was not without good cause. The proceeds of the event will benefit the Birmingham, Alabama-based non-profit, Hand In Paw, an affiliate of the global organization, Pet Partners. With the help of over 150 local volunteers, the animal-assisted therapy organization brings highly-trained dogs, cats, and even goats to visit those in nursing homes, hospitals, and rehabilitation facilities around Birmingham. The benefits of animal-assisted therapy extend to the emotional and physical well-being of recipients, as anyone who has experienced a healthy, positive relationship with a pet can attest. Hand In Paw depends on the support of donations, grants, and events like the one hosted by Saks Fifth Avenue, and we were truly honored to be included in helping provide support for this wonderful non-profit organization. 

To learn more about or participate in animal-assisted therapy, visit http://www.handinpaw.org (Birmingham) and http://www.petpartners.org (global). 

Our sincerest thanks to Saks Fifth Avenue Marketing Director Elizabeth Worrell, for so thoughtfully and generously including The Uppity Puppy in the Dogs and Denim event. We were very humbled to take part in this stellar production. Thank you, Elizabeth! 

We are also grateful to Jasmine Lawson for styling and providing Lily with a sassy new Jazzy J ensemble, to Ernest Robles Jr. for so hospitably styling us at Saks, and to Kimberly Crawford for the exceptional makeup (especially with a wriggling lapdog!).