It wasn’t until The Observer arrived at Wednesday evening’s cat fashion show and reception at the Algonquin Hotel to benefit NY Save—hosted by cat-in-residence Matilda and her handler, Alice de Almeida—that we realized there would be no catwalk.
Feeling a little foolish, we asked Ms. de Aleimda whether Matilda, a 4-year-old ragdoll who is the third female cat to inhabit the lobby (or part of it anyway) of the Algonquin, enjoys dressing up.
“No!” she exclaimed, looking at us somewhat incredulously. “She doesn’t dress up. We just let the other cats dress up,” Ms. de Aleimda said, showing us a rhinestone collar that she was going to attempt to get Matilda to wear for the show.
In lieu of a costume, Matilda showcased her notoriously snobby disposition and remained in her cage in a separate room from the other fashion show participants for the majority of the reception. In a second floor hotel room, Savannahs in tuxedo shirts and studded leather jackets and Sphinxes in tutus lounged on couches, while some of the younger show cats jumped on the bed.