Mercedes-Benz Swim Week will attract thousands of fashionistas to Miami Beach to see the latest bathing suits on the catwalk. But in one Swim Week event, the stars will be straight from the sidewalk.
Bamboo Miami will host “Doggies and Divas,” a night of runway fashion for dogs – and humans, too – on July 17.
Organizers say 100 percent of donations collected will benefit the Humane Society of Greater Miami’s PetNet.
PetNet is a group of young professionals that organizes social events, like happy hours and wine tastings, to promote awareness of the Humane Society. Proceeds from their events fund the Humane Society’s spay/neuter program and microchip program.
“If you go to the Humane Society and get your pet spayed or neutered its $50 or $60, but at the vet it’s $300,” PetNet chairman Ben Wilson said. “And the microchip program – if a dog is lost, hopefully that dog can be tracked.”
“Doggies and Divas” will showcase local talent, from “American Idol” and “The X Factor” competitor Tiffany Miranda and recording artist Ariel Rose, to fashion brands Eva Daniella and Gabbita.
The evening will consist of several fashion shows featuring swimwear and resort wear. The main event, however, will feature models working the runway with dogs dressed in styles by Kiki Hamann Canine Couture.
“When I was walking my dog on Lincoln Road, I thought it would be really cool to have a fashion show with models walking with dogs while also showcasing fashion,” said Wilson, who has a 2-year-old English bulldog named Rodney.
PetNet hosts an event at least once every two months. Their last events have been held at Miami Beach’s Haven Lounge and Chalk Miami and Midtown’s Ricochet Lounge. Each event raises an average of $1,500 for the Humane Society.
“These events give the opportunity to give more exposure to the Humane Society and the programs that are available,” Wilson said. “Maybe more people will see the dogs and cats that are available and adopt them as pets.”
“Doggies and Divas” is a 21+ event and will take place from 8:30-11 p.m. on July 17 at Bamboo Miami, 550 Washington Ave. in Miami Beach. Tequila Alacran will be serving complimentary cocktails from 8:30 to 10 p.m. A $20 donation to the Humane Society is required at the door.