Hair fo the Dog


January Galas: Academy Ball and Hair of the Dog Dress Suggestions

There are two big galas coming up in the next 2 week. The Hair of the Dog affectionately known as HOD is January 20 and the Academy of Music 161st Anniversary Concert and Ball on January 27. People always ask me what should they wear when they attend these galas. I have a few examples from my “Best Dressed List” of both parties last year. (Need a Tux or White Tie, head to MenWearhouse on 1600 block Chestnut Street. For you guys going to Academy, we have a group number set up. Anyone will do, but if Will Speed is there, ask for him. -Ad)
First up is the Academy Ball.

The Academy Ball is a White Tie Gala. The most gallant, and strictest in criteria for dress.


For women it means formal, floor length evening gown, best jewels and often women will wear gloves. For men it’s black tail coat (not a white one like I originally thought the first time I went, opps) matching pants with a single satin or braid stripe, a white wing collar shirt, a white vest or white pique’ waist coat, studs and a white bow tie. Black shoes.

Not the correct bow tie or vest Mr Short



This duo is always on my best dressed list at a lot of parties,
but in this case his shoes may not be appropriate for a White Tie Gala


Hair of the Dog is a Black Tie event


Formal evening gown or dress, or dressy cocktail dress. Males: Black tuxedo jacket, matching trousers, formal (pleated front or pique’) white shirt, black (silk, satin) bow tie, black cummerbund to match tie, optional suspenders, black patent shoes, black dress socks.


Jen Sherlock’s gown is perfect for either gala, although too much of a “nude” panel would not be acceptable at Academy Ball, while Jen’s friend cute cocktail dress is perfect for HOD

Vivian’s gown is perfect for HOD, and would be ok for the Academy Ball.
It’s gorgeous!!

These dresses are perfect for the HOD

Definitely adorable for HOD

Gorgeous gown, but the Academy Ball frowns on too much breast, where at HOD we celebrate it.
Hopefully these examples will give you an idea of what is appropriate for each event.


HAIR OF THE DOG IS NEXT SATURDAY, I Promise It’s Gonna Be The Best

HAIR OF THE DOG IS NEXT SATURDAY, yes it’s early this year because




Hair O’ The Dog, voted BEST Event in Philly, will heat up 2017 at the elegant and cutting-edge Fillmore in Philadelphia on Saturday, January 7, 2017 with its most impressive entertainment line-up in its twenty-three years of existence. To headline this unprecedented event, Hair O’ The Dog will welcome Grammy Award Winner Lil Jon, who will “Turn Up” Philadelphia’s Most Glamorous Bash with his top party anthems, and an explosive and electrifying performance.  In addition, partygoers will be wowed by electronic dance music sensation, Dillon Francis, whose recent track “Anywhere” has escalated to popularity on the Mainstream top 40 edition on Mediabase, and his hit “Get Low” a massive collaboration with DJ Snake topped the Billboard Hot 100 Dance Chart. Festivities will kick off at 8 p.m. with a VIP and Press only preview that will feature gourmet passed hors d’ oeuvres and a lavish buffet by renowned caterer Wolfgang Puck, along with top-shelf libations to quench your desires.



As the evening barks on, attendees will wag their tails off to a highly anticipated performance by Australian native, VASSY.  Conquering the world with her authentic sound, VASSY is best known for a global No. 1 hit with David Guetta & Showtek “BAD” which is certified 7 times double platinum. Her new single “Nothing to Lose” produced by the legendary Tiësto, currently resides at #1 on the acclaimed Mediabase dance mix chart.


The party doesn’t stop there! Philly’s finest will dance the night away with beats by local mainstage thrillers Clef & Canberra, TV personality and DJ Mr. Hollywood, who will be spinning in the “Foundry” an exclusive VIP hide-a-way of the Fillmore, along with turntable temptress DJ Freezie who will greet guests with her sensual style in the Ajax Hall. Bex and Mike Adam of 96.5 AMP Radio will host this unforgettable night for the second year in a row!  These phenomenal performers and personalities will add to the excitement of this year’s Hair O’ The Dog.

Lil Jon and Dillon Francis are considered two of the most prominent figures in music and pop culture alike, performing for hundreds of thousands of fans world-wide at music Festivals and top nightlife venues. “Philly always has a great crowd, get ready to get littt at Hair O’ The Dog top of the year,” says Lil Jon. “Bringing these headliners to Philly along with VASSY, Rozes, and our other performers for our 23rd annual edition of Hair O’ The Dog is truly amazing.  This year we wanted to create an experience like no other and we are getting people from all over including Baltimore, D.C., New York,  Las Vegas, and Miami believe it or not, to come and party at this Philadelphia staple event,” says Buffy Harakidas, Chief Marketing Officer Hair O’ The Dog/Metrospect Events. Hair O’ The Dog organizers are urging all to come out and be a part of this unique affair that will go down in Philadelphia nightlife history.

This year, a portion of the proceeds will benefit BIANCA’S KIDS.  If a child has been displaced by the foster system, struck by tragedy, or affected by disability, then he or she is one of Bianca’s Kids. In the hardest of times, they just want to be a small reminder of how loved they truly are. That’s why every wish counts. In 2013, Bianca’s Kids was named one of the fastest growing nonprofits in South Jersey. In 2014 & 2015 the charity won the prestigious “Top Ranked Nonprofit” award from GreatNonprofits.org.


Ticket prices start at $90 and are selling fast. To get your paws on tickets for the 23rd annual Hair O’ The Dog and see more of the sensation, visit http://hairothedog.com.  Top Sponsors include Momentum Telecom, Cheerleaders, Jan’s Boutique, Bud Light, and Tito’s Vodka.  I’ll be there after 10PM to catch all the hot fashion. See You Then..