If you've perused an issue of Gambit's CUE, you know we're committed to seeking out the cutest canines and profiling them in our monthly "Shop Dogs" feature. As a journalist who covers both fashion and dogs (and occasionally, fashionable dogs), it gives me great pleasure to write up (and be a judge at) an event that combines both beats: Alegria, a fashion show benefiting the Louisiana SPCA (LA/SPCA) takes place at the W New Orleans from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. this Sunday, March 4.
Now in its fourth year, the show features a Project Runway-style competition for emerging fashion designers. The winner receives a prize package worth more than $1,000. Danielle Arthur, Al Beauti, Susan Henry, Emily Riche and Molly Stackhouse will compete. Alegria creator John Delgadillo will showcase his newest collection, as will Alicia Zenobia, last year's winner.
“Alegria showcases the booming talent of this community ... (and) benefits an organization (that) has given so much to New Orleans,” Delgadillo said in a press release.
Individual tickets start at $25 and include hors d'oeuvres, unlimited specialty cocktails and the satisfaction of knowing that proceeds benefit the LA/SPCA's education and community clinic programs. Tickets can be purchased here or by calling LA/SPCA event coordinator Marisa Collins at 504-762-3307.