Jason Wu Headlines the Cause for Paws Fashion Show

The Nashville Humane Association couldn’t have asked for a prettier day — or a prettier collection of clothing — for their annual Cause for Paws luncheon. The 33rd annual fundraiser, typically held in the spring, was postponed until fall — a wise move that allowed 300-plus attendees to gather in person at the Belle Meade Country Club.

Co-chairs Leslie Hooper and Alexee Saunders pulled off an impressive feat, especially given the fact that they had just two months to plan the entire event. Not only did these ladies sell out the luncheon two weeks in advance, but they also designed all of the decor themselves. They filled the event with charming touches at every turn, like getting Diamond Cellar to create fabulous dog tags for guests to purchase and installing two Herb Williams dog sculptures made from crayons in front of a floral wall for photos. Both the dog tags and the dog sculptures were for sale, with a portion of proceeds donated to Nashville Humane. There was also a puppy playpen outside so guests could snuggle adorable, adoptable pups before lunch.

The real coup was securing Jason Wu as the headliner for this year’s fashion show. The designer — who made an appearance at the luncheon alongside his husband and business partner, Gustavo Rangel — showed his Spring 2022 collection, fresh off the New York Fashion Week runway. The collection, which featured showstopping gowns, cocktail dresses and separates in vivid colors, florals and hand-dyed patterns, was only in Nashville for the day before Jason flew it to Paris that night, but not before Cause for Paws attendees had a chance to purchase pieces from a Gus Mayer pop-up in the country club’s lobby.

The event raised more than $170,000 for the Nashville Humane Association — money that will be put to good use helping thousands of animals find their forever homes.