Scene in D.C.: Marie Osmond at Fashion for Paws

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Conservationist Jan Cousteau, and Marie Osmond, the honorary chairwoman of Fashion for Paws, with her dog, George.

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Conservationist Jan Cousteau, and Marie Osmond, the honorary chairwoman of Fashion for Paws, with her dog, George. Close

Conservationist Jan Cousteau, and Marie Osmond, the honorary chairwoman of Fashion for Paws, with her dog, George.

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A model dog gets pumped up before the show backstage. Close

A model dog gets pumped up before the show backstage.

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The National Building Museum aglow in sorbet colored hues. Close

The National Building Museum aglow in sorbet colored hues.

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EarthEcho International CEO Philippe Cousteau and E! News anchor Ashlan Gorse, the Fashion for Paws host. Close

EarthEcho International CEO Philippe Cousteau and E! News anchor Ashlan Gorse, the Fashion for Paws host.

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A camera-shy model is greeted by photographers after turn on the runway. Close

A camera-shy model is greeted by photographers after turn on the runway.

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Troup Coronado, the president of Troup Consulting, adjusts the hat of his dog, Killian. Close

Troup Coronado, the president of Troup Consulting, adjusts the hat of his dog, Killian.

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Journalist Scott Thuman and radio deejay Tommy McFly, the Fashion for Paws co-chair. Close

Journalist Scott Thuman and radio deejay Tommy McFly, the Fashion for Paws co-chair.

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Fashion for Paws model Susan Ostrowski and her Westie, Lily after their turn on the runway. Close

Fashion for Paws model Susan Ostrowski and her Westie, Lily after their turn on the runway.

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Public sector contracts manager Gabrielle Fronce and her English Springer Spaniel, Emmi. Close

Public sector contracts manager Gabrielle Fronce and her English Springer Spaniel, Emmi.

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Stef Woods, the creator of CityGirlBlogs.com, and her Bichon, Flake. Close

Stef Woods, the creator of CityGirlBlogs.com, and her Bichon, Flake.

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RepEquity account executive Tiffany Carter and her dog, Kali. Close

RepEquity account executive Tiffany Carter and her dog, Kali.

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Models during the grand finale of the show. Close

Models during the grand finale of the show.

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Lisa LaFontaine, the president and CEO of the Washington Humane Society, and Tara de Nicolas, the Fashion for Paws executive director. Close

Lisa LaFontaine, the president and CEO of the Washington Humane Society, and Tara de Nicolas, the Fashion for Paws executive director.

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Edge Floral Designers created giant floral displays in the shape of canines for the table centerpieces. Close

Edge Floral Designers created giant floral displays in the shape of canines for the table centerpieces.

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The colorful Fashion for Paws runway. Close

The colorful Fashion for Paws runway.

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Mark Drapeau, Microsoft's director of innovation and engagement, and Christopher Brown of Quinn Gillespie and Associates. Close

Mark Drapeau, Microsoft's director of innovation and engagement, and Christopher Brown of Quinn Gillespie and Associates.

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Business student Matt Lowe and Fashion for Paws producer Aba Kwawu. Close

Business student Matt Lowe and Fashion for Paws producer Aba Kwawu.

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Guests in the VIP section get down on the dance floor. Close

Guests in the VIP section get down on the dance floor.

Doggie treats may seem like unusual party favors.

They were entirely appropriate for the sixth annual Fashion for Paws, a show benefiting the Washington Humane Society.

Audi AG (NSU), a sponsor of the event, parked a sleek model outside the National Building Museum. Nearby a four-legged friend named Treasure frolicked on the red carpet.

The April 14 event drew 1,700 guests including Melanie Frank, international trade counsel at Hughes, Hubbard Reed (1218L), and Mark Drapeau, Microsoft Corp. director of innovative engagement, public sector.

“What’s better than fashion and animals?” Marie Osmond, honorary chairwoman of the benefit, asked the audience. “I love animals. I grew up with brothers, come on!”

After her remarks, Osmond returned to her table -- most of the tables were decorated with a floral centerpiece in the shape of a canine. Her rescued dog, George, rested in her lap.

Dozens of Washingtonians walked the runway in fashions provided by the shops at Tysons Galleria. At their side were pooches from the Washington Humane Society shelter eager to be adopted, or their own dogs.

The models played up to the bright glare of the cameras and the wild energy of the audience. The canines, many bedecked in dazzling accessories, trotted along.

Aba Kwawu, the producer of Fashion for Paws, said volunteer models had to raise a certain figure to be included in the show.

Designer Choice

Those who reached “supermodel” status, raising at least $10,000, earned the privilege of selecting their own designer.

Others were basically at Kwawu’s mercy.

Clothing selections “represented the best of spring,” Kwawu said. “Colors that pop.”

After the show, model Philippe Cousteau, the president of EarthEcho International, visited the VIP section with his girlfriend, Ashlan Gorse, the E! News anchor and host of Fashion for Paws.

Both Cousteau and Gorse, in azure blue ensembles by Elie Tahari, displayed almost parental affection when talking about Gorse’s dog, a Siberian Husky named Aurora.

Cousteau showed off pictures of Aurora on his mobile phone, while Gorse spoke of saving creatures like Aurora from shelters.

The VIP section turned into a party of its own with Moet & Chandon Champagne, Georgetown cupcakes and a dance floor with pulsating tunes from musical host Seyhan Duru.

Lisa LaFontaine, the president and chief executive of the Washington Humane Society, said the event would raise almost $700,000.

(Stephanie Green is a writer and photographer for Muse, the arts and leisure section of Bloomberg News. Any opinions expressed are her own.)

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