New York Fashion Week closed its first evening with a heart-pounding bang at the Red Dress show. The event, sponsored by the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women campaign to fight heart disease in women was a celebrity-filled stunner to round out the week’s premier day. Heart disease kills more women than all types of cancer combined. To support and raise awareness of this, celebrities played the models and donned dazzling red dresses as they danced down a runway at Lincoln Center’s main theater. All about female empowerment, the Red Dress Collection had a casual and fun flair that is a little different from the haute couture collections usually on the runway in the main theater. With an introduction by the heart disease survivor and The View host Star Jones, the packed theater knew they were in for a treat.
The highlight of the show was Lindsay Vonn. The gold medalist skier walked down the runway on her crutches in a sexy Cynthia Rowley body con. She smiled and waved her crutches to the crowd. Keeping up at energy were other fabulous celebrity ladies. Our favorites included Anna Sophia Robb in a jaw-dropping Alice and Oliva gown. Glee actress Nene Leakes filled the theater with her unstoppable presence in a fiery Dolce and Gabbana number. We also loved Taryn Manning from Orange is the New Black in Carmen Marc Valvo, and Food Network favorite, Giada DiLaurentis in Carolina Herrera. Other celebs included Colbie Callait, Leona Lewis, and Joan Jett!
Freckling the audience were heart disease survivors decked out in their red evening gowns as well. Overall, we know that this show will be one of the most meaningful of fashion week. Opportunities for philanthropy are so important at events such as this. The overwhelming support of celebrities, designers and the fashion industry alike is a fantastic way to raise awareness of such a widespread illness in an amazing way.
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