The Algonquin Hotel throws a ‘purrty,’ feline fashion show

NEW YORK (AP) — The “meowdels” wore couture and the crowd was cat-tastic at The Algonquin Hotel’s annual feline fashion show, presided over by the historic Times Square establishment’s 12th resident cat, a ginger boy with a theatrical name, Hamlet VIII.

Thursday’s theme for the catwalk and lobby party, with some human attendees in cat-ear headbands and feline-adorned finery, was “The Purring ’20s.” That’s the era that Dorothy Parker, George S. Kaufman, Alexander Woollcott and other writers, critics, actors and all-around wits first sat around the hotel’s famed Round Table.

Hamlet VIII made his party debut this year, perched in his treehouse at the front desk, strutting for guests in a sparkly silver bow tie as about 150 human partiers munched on hors d’oeuvres and sipped wine.

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