Tim Gunn

Tim Dunn Makes it Work at Project Ruffway

by CDW Contributor Kelly on May 22nd, 2007

in -News, Info & Stories, Tim Gunn

Tim Gunn

The fourth season of Project Runway starts taping next month, and Tim Gunn warmed up last night with Project Ruffway, a dog fashion show he hosted.

A benefit for Stray From the Heart, which rescues stray dogs around the globe, the show featured designer fashions for dogs and their walkers and many models, all adoptable or recently adopted, from South America.

Clothes were by top designers like Nicole Miller and Juicy Couture; Champagne was the drink of choice, though many well-heeled attendees sipped “Hair of the Dog” cocktails made with blood-orange juice, Champagne, and vodka; and the theme was taken seriously: hors d’oeuvre included little bone-shaped sandwiches of roast beef and grilled cheese and French fries in tiny bone-patterned paper cones.

When the Champagne and clean wine glasses ran out, guests moved from cocktail hour in an art gallery to the narrow white runway room, where the waiting began. Twenty-two minutes after the scheduled start time, Gunn, who skipped cocktail hour to memorize lines, finally appeared to start the show. “It’s going to be a night filled with puns,” he warned. “So let’s give a round of — I promised I’d say this — apaws!”

Most dog models, who had no formal runway training, paused their struts down the cramped runway to flop at the feet of delighted, seated guests. Gunn awarded the best-dressed title to Rusty, a Jack Russell terrier in a pale-green seersucker hoodie, beating a pooch in a camouflage Juicy sweatshirt and quilted navy Cole Haan coat.