January 20th, 2018

Fleur de Lis
Event Center
Mandeville, LA

VIP Cocktail Reception

General Admission

Runway Show

After Party
The 2018 charity ball will be a star-studded evening.

The New York-inspired runway show will feature celebrities, philanthropists,
veterans, sports and media personalities walking the runway with "haute dogs",
all in support of charities helping Kids & K-9's!
Join our host,
one of Hollywood’s hottest actors and ardent animal lovers —

“The Vampire Diaries’” Ian Somerhalder
for a night of amazing entertainment, food
and drink, all benefiting his namesake

The Ian Somerhalder Foundation provides
programs and services to positively impact
the planet and its creatures.

With over 35 million Social Media followers,
Ian's participation guarantees excitement!

Margaret Orr & Bleu
WDSU Colleagues will reunite as Emcees of MUTTS to Models! Margaret Orr, chief meteorologist and one of New Orleans’ most recognizable and beloved fixtures, will share the podium once again with long time news anchor and friend Kriss Fairbairn Fortunato. Unbelievably, these ardent animal lovers both have a dog name Bleu (although one is spelled Blu)! In the course of her 30-plus years as meteorologist at WDSU, Margaret Orr has seen her fair share of inclement weather and now enjoys tweeting the latest forecast and warnings to keep you safe! After spending nearly 20 years at the news desk beside co-anchor Norman Robinson & Orr, Kriss Fairbairn Fortunato retired and served as Media Relations Specialist for the FBI, Communications Director for Jefferson Parish President John Young and Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser, and is currently Deputy Chief Administrative Officer for city of Kenner Mayor Ben Zahn. Bleu Orr is a rescue Border Collie who certainly is treated like royalty at home and also reigned as royalty as a former King of Barkus! Blu Fortunato is a 2 yr old Shi-tzu with a splash of Pom mixed in who gets his name from his strong law enforcement family. Today Blu is sporting a lion’s cut to try to show who’s King of the house.  @MargaretOrr

Mutts to Models will be showcasing the recent capsule collection from Louisiana legend,
Raoul Blanco Couture. Blanco is best known for dressing a loyal following of society’s “who’s who” living around the globe! Born in San Juan, Puerto Rico and sharing a similar story to notable designers from Latin America like Oscar de la Renta, Carolina Herrera and Angel Sanchez – he too learned his refined eye and skills from his great grandmother! Before moving to New York and while still in high school, he attended the Luchetti Art School studying painting and drawing. His creative journey took him to the side of Liz Clairborne in the 80’s, a solo studio in Napa and on to New Orleans by 2002. “The beauty of the Internet and technology allows me to live anywhere while having the flexibility and full creativity to work with clients worldwide” says Blanco.

Maria Viveiros, who playfully says, “Bark is the new black” has spent many years behind the glitz and glamour of the demanding pageant world! Her love for art and designing clothes is traced back to her Portuguese roots, a place with heritage handcrafts that have been passed down for centuries.
Today, Maria stands behind her atelier House of Privilege where you can commission wardrobes to tailor fit your pampered pooch.  House of Privilege have been featured on The Bachelorette and sold in posh stores from Beverly Hills to Manhattan.                       

Look for the House of Privilege's designs on all the Royal Hairs in Mardi Paws' Canine Court!
Creole String Beans are THE classic New Orleans party band.  Since forming in 2003 the Creole String Beans have defined a new era in South Louisiana rock ‘n roll by digging up the most obscure New Orleans and Louisiana Swamp Pop chestnuts, mixing in the most iconic of local glory-days hits, and delivering this hot musical gumbo with style and energy. Their crowd pleasing performances range from Saint’s tailgate parties (where guests like Jimmy Buffet respond to the vibe by grabbing a guitar and belting out songs) to sweat soaked dance fiends whirling in ecstasy at Jazz Fest.
"This is a band for the ages. Those who can cover Smiley Lewis and Lee Dorsey then turn around to write the irresistible “Let the Money Drop” and “Boom Boom” are on the road to world and 13th Ward domination both. So sharpen up the oyster knives, check your spinach and head for the danger zone. Popeye is waiting."      -- Bill Bentley,  The Morton Report
Penelope Francis, executive producer and the event’s curator, is a global Brand Strategist + Speaker who splits her time between Miami and Los Angeles. Her namesake agency, Penelope Francis & Co., specializes in branding, marketing and design for luxury companies internationally. Fashion has always been in her blood as she was the co-founder and creative director of her former luxury global brand Fifi & Romeo. Francis has appeared on OPRAH, GMA and in People, InStyle, Variety and the NYT Style Pages including the blockbuster movie Legally Blonde...and much like “Elle Woods” - always has a fashionable Chihuahua in tow! Follow her on Instagram @penelope_francis

Special Thanks to our Host Committee...

Charlotte Moss – East coast-based American Interior Designer and Author.

Susanna Salk – East coast-based American Interior Designer and A uthor of
                         "At Home with Dogs and Their Designers” 

David Phoenix - LA-based American Designer and product designer known
                         for his classic haberdashery details and nuance.

J Randall Powers - Houston-based American Interior Designer known for his chic debonair style.

Martyn Lawrence Bullard - English Interior Designer in Los Angeles, author and television personality.

Mary McDonald – LA-based American Interior Designer, product designer & Star of Bravo’s Million Dollar Decorator.

Rebecca Moses – New York Based CFDA Designer + Illustrator and Author

Christine Bruce – Santa Barbara-based female wine maker - Hilliard Bruce Winery

Lindsey Shook – Editor, California Home + Design

Christopher Kennedy – Palm Springs Interior Designer & Founder of Modernism’s Christopher Kennedy Compound 

Adam Hunter – LA-based American Interior Designer and Product Designer

Alyssa Jill Harris a.k.a. Willaheart - Whimsical artist and the hand behind our Mutts to Models logo!

Need Local Room Accomodations? Homewood Suites by Hilton in Covington is our preferred hotel partner and has great pricing for our guests!
It's just about a mile from the venue.
What the heck does Cocktail Attire mean?

The MUTTS to Models Ball is a fancy affair ... Cocktail attire means you should be well dressed, although there is some wiggle room for personality! Keep it elegant, but with panache.

Still, both men and women should aim for darker colors.

For men, this means that a tuxedo isn’t required, but a dark suit and tie is considered appropriate for the occasion.

For women, a dress or pantsuit in a dark, neutral tone is acceptable. Even a cocktail-length dress can be perfectly fine as long as isn’t too colorful or flashy.

For women, it means you have the option of wearing a full-length gown, or opting for a cocktail dress, so long as it isn’t too colorful or flashy, the hemline isn’t too short or the style isn’t too revealing. However, if you do go the cocktail dress route, just make sure to keep the colors rich (black, jewel tones, chic metallics, brown) so as not to look too casual. Conversely, women can wear a floor-length gown in a lighter shade, since the silhouette is inherently dressy.

Here’s some suggestions….

Dressy cocktail dress
Long dressy skirt and top
Formal (floor length) evening gown
Your dressiest “little black dress”
Dressy separates
Fun or unique accessories

Dark suit, white dress shirt, and tie
Tuxedo jacket and matching trousers
Dress shoes and dark dress socks
Fun or unique accessories