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Katheryn Minor and Spot on the runway at Fashion for Paws Saturday night. (Vithaya Photography)

One in an occasional series of dispatches from parties you should have crashed.

Event: "Fashion for Paws" fundraiser for the Washington Humane Society on Saturday night.

Site: Italian Embassy.

Crowd: Chairman Michael Saylor and 1,000 Georgetown party people, average age of roughly 29, in blazers and cocktail dresses. "This is second-wife heaven!" murmured an older lobbyist.

Draw: Watching socialites in pretty clothes walk the runway, some with dogs, some with dogs in vests that matched their outfits.

Observations: Could the little-gold-dress girl keep control of the big golden retriever? Yes, but just barely. Also, if this ocean-advocacy thing doesn't work out for Philippe Cousteau, he's got runway swagger.

Food: Uh, cheese and crackers. But very good cheese. Also, cupcakes.

Bar: Long lines, plastic cups, but open and free-flowing.

After-party: Cover band the Frustrations playing in an adjacent tented dance floor, preppies grooving barefoot on the rain-damp marble, like a "Wedding Crashers" casting call.

Next year: They should take it to the next level -- walk the runway with leashed cats.

By The Reliable Source  |  March 30, 2009; 1:03 AM ET
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But no one needed to "crash' this party. It was a fundraiser open to anyone with the bucks to buy a ticket. No prestige in just sneaking into an event requiring a paid ticket (e.g., Hannah Montana concert?).

Posted by: Sutter | March 30, 2009 11:51 AM | Report abuse

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