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Dogs, designers and David Gandy hit the red carpet

By Tamsin Crimmens

Last night the Battersea Dogs and Cats Home put on the first ever dogwalk at the annual Collars and Coats Gala Ball in London's Battersea Park.
An eclectic array of canine models paraded down the red carpet with the creators of their coats and collars in tow.
Julien Macdonald, Henry Holland, and Zandra Rhodes were in attendance along with Battersea Ambassador and international supermodel David Gandy.

Battersea’s handsome hounds also showcased looks from British designers Stella McCartney, Jenny Packham, Gareth Pugh, Giles Deacon and Mulberry.
‘It’s pretty extraordinary, this is probably the most unusual red carpet I’ve been on, but I love it,' David Gandy told ELLE. 'I’m much happier around dogs than people sometimes!’

So how different is it designing for dogs? ‘Well, there’s a four leg issue to take into account and I don't think I’d put fur on a dog, that would be bad taste,’ said Henry Holland.
Later Paul O’Grady and Amanda Holden hosted an exclusive auction of the coats and accessories and musician Jamie Cullum headlined the event.
‘There’s a [Stephen Jones] spaceman outfit I might just have to bid on tonight,’ said Gandy. ‘They are all astounding though and Matthew Williamson’s is great.’
The muse for Williamson’s donated dog outfit was his 'very chic' American cocker spaniel, Coco.
Olympic gold medalist Rebecca Adlington also showed her support for the charity. ‘I’m a huge dog lover, my family have 6 dogs. When we get together it’s mental, it’s pretty much like I run a dog's home.’
If you’d like more information on how to get involved with Battersea Dogs and Cats Home OR even bid for one of the dog jackets up for auction then the link is auction.collarsandcoats.org.uk The auction is open for another 13 days, so there’s still lots of time to bid.

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