This was my first time attending The Heart Truth’s Red Dress Collection 2009 and it was an amazing way to kick off fashion week. Stars who usually sit front row were front and center on the red catwalk, donning stunning red designer dresses to raise awareness about heart disease in women.
Twenty celebrities strutted their stuff in the show. Following an introduction by Project Runway’s Tim Gunn, Amanda Bynes opened the show in Daniel Swarovski, followed by Jennie Garth and Tori Spelling, of Beverly Hills 90210 fame, in Badgley Mischka and Betsey Johnson, respectively. Then out came actresses Nia Long in Tracey Reese, Natasha Henstridge in Verrier, Vivica A. Fox in Jenny Packham, model/TV host Daisy Fuentes in Pamella Roland, Wonder Woman Lynda Carter in Carolina Herrera, and Patricia Arquette in Nicole Miller, followed by singer/actress Hilary Duff in Donna Karan and Katie Couric of CBS Nightly News in Carmen Marc Valvo.
The crowd was treated to animated dances down the runway from Cicely Tyson in B. Michael, Dancing With The Stars co-host Samantha Harris in David Meister, Valerie Bertinelli in Christian Siriano and soap opera megastar Susan Lucci in Gustavo Cadile.
Athletes got in on the glam act as well, with figure skater Kristi Yamaguchi in Vera Wang and Olympic gold medalist Nastia Liukin in Max Azria both modeling in the show.
Celeb spottings: Christian Siriano (Project Runway), Miss Jay (America’s Next Top Model), Gerard Butler, Marcus Schenkenberg, Peter Facinelli.
About The Heart Truth:
The Heart Truth created and introduced the Red Dress as the national symbol for women and heart disease awareness in 2002 to deliver an urgent wake-up call to American women. For the first time ever, a selection of the designer dresses seen on the runway will be auctioned online in February through a partnership with Clothes Off Our Back. The Red Dress reminds women of the need to protect their heart health and inspires them to take action. Each February since its launch, the Red Dress symbol has come to life the runway with the support of the fashion industry and celebrity models at the Red Dress Collection Fashion Show.
Find out much more about women’s heart health at the The Heart Truth.