Rescue pets crash London Fashion Week with their very own show
Fashionistas at this year's London Fashion Week were invited to the hottest show in town - an event shrouded in mystery where no-one knew who was behind it or who or what would be coming down the catwalk.
The excitement ahead of the show was palpable. Fashion fans were clearly looking forward to checking out the trend-setting, hot new collection.
As the lights went down, the music started and the first model appeared - a gorgeous rescue dog called Bert, who strutted his stuff in front of the surprised audience. But shock turned quickly to delight as the models - each a rescue dog from Battersea and other rescue centres - worked their way down the runway, showing off their adorable looks and loveable personalities.
"The audience loved seeing Bert on the runway, and it's just so nice to celebrate rescues," said Bert's owner, Kate.
Each of the adorable 'models' was walked down the runway by their owner, and the sheer love and affection for these pets was clear. The owners beamed as their rescues casually wagged their tails and handed their paws over with pride.
Neil who led his beloved rescue Skipper down the runway said: "It was great to see the audience, I think they were a bit surprised to see a dog on the catwalk but it was a really positive reaction."
All the supermodels wore pet tags and bandanas with the Rescue symbol, celebrating love for all rescue pets everywhere for the Wear Blue for Rescue campaign and owners came down the catwalk in their Wear Blue for Rescue t-shirts too.
Dolly was one of the gorgeous rescues taking to the catwalk with her proud owner, Amanda. "Dolly's wearing this new tag with the Rescue symbol on. I'm proud of her wearing this collar, because I'm proud of Battersea, where she came from," Amanda said.
Another of the supermodels Gizmo lapped up the attention during the show. Jade said: "We're creating a movement for Rescue. Rescue animals are everywhere, even on the runway. Gizmo really enjoyed the runway, the attention, the applause, it was right up his street."
As well as the catwalk, Battersea took to the streets of Fashion Week with some 'haute cat-ture' billboards. The screens, which were driven around London, showed photos of cats - from high fashion shots with a silhouette of an elegant feline, to a gorgeous ginger and white cat sticking its tongue out for the camera.
The photos really captured the unique spirits, stunning looks and wonderful personalities of these adorable rescue felines.
The rescue cats and dogs went down a storm at Fashion Week celebrating Battersea's Wear Blue for Rescue. The models really put their best paw forward and there was even a suggestion that the industry should get rid of normal models all together and make dogs and cats the stars of every show. We can get on board with that.
To find out more about Wear Blue for Rescue and join the rescue movement visit: www.battersea.org.uk