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Adopt the Runway pairs fashion, furry friends

September 18, 2018

For Crystal Lopez-Crebs, finding homes for shelter animals never goes out of style. Now the fashion and fur baby advocate has just the catwalk to do it.

Lopez-Crebs’ first-ever Adopt the Runway will feature about a dozen adoptable dogs from SNIPSA and San Antonio’s Animal Care Services, all strutting their stuff alongside models wearing fashions from San Antonio designers. Also on paw with adoptable cats will be Wayward Whiskers Cat Rescue, which specializes in felines with special needs.

The cat, canine and couture event unfolds at 6 p.m. Thursday at Brick in the Blue Star Arts Complex.

Lopez-Crebs originally planned her fashion and pet adoption show to run a year ago when she launched Fashionable Adoptions, a nonprofit program that uses fashion shows and photo shoots to spotlight adoptable animals from San Antonio shelters. Then Hurricane Harvey hit, and she instead focused on helping Animal Care Services make room for displaced animals from the storm.

Now Lopez-Crebs is ready to shine what she calls a fun and fashionable light on what remains a constant challenge for animal shelters near and far.

“Here in San Antonio unfortunately there’s a lot of overcrowding in shelters,” said Lopez-Crebs, a makeup artist and member of the San Antonio chapter of Fashion Group International, as well as a district leader for the Humane Society of the United States.

“What I really wanted to do was bring a new perspective on animal adoption. I know not everybody is going to go to an animal shelter to adopt an animal, but if we can bring them to another event that is different … we can show off the beauty of these animals.”

Adopt the Runway will complement all its animal magnetism with San Antonio fashion designers whor truly are a breed apart.

Internationally published artist Fabian Alejandro Diaz will showcase tribal-influenced accessories, such as headpieces and necklaces, from his multimedia art house Casa de Ojos, while designer Jose Ramirez will coat the evening in black with his elegant, gothic-inspired designs that have garbed the likes of Chelsea Wolfe and other musicians.

“I’ve always been a huge animal fan,” said Diaz, whose own ebony wonders are a cat named Mosi and a dog named Naneh. “I hope all the pets are able to be adopted.”

Womenswear designer Golden Skyy will co-host the evening’s festivities. He also will showcase his line of digital textile graphical prints and other futuristic fashions at an on-site pop-up.

Adopt the Runway was partially inspired by Lopez-Crebs’ own work in Los Angeles and San Antonio fashion shows, where all eyes are on who’s wearing what on the runway. She figured why not take some adoptable animals for a walk in that spotlight, too. That way potential pet parents could see animals’ personalities shine in ways that don’t always show in shelters.

Lisa Norwood, public relations and outreach manager for Animal Care Services, said an event such as Adopt the Runway provides a memorable and entertaining forum for animal shelters to educate the public about their ongoing mission.

“So with an event like this, it’s about framing very important, critical messages in a fun, fabulous, fashionable way,” Norwood said. “What’s really cool about this event is that it gives local pets in need a real opportunity to strut their stuff. I mean, literally. Runway rovers is what we’re talking about here.”

René A. Guzman is a features writer in the San Antonio and Bexar County area. Read him on our free site, mySA.com, and on our subscriber site, ExpressNews.com. | rguzman@express-news.net | Twitter: @reneguz

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