The Heart’s Truth Red Dress Collection 2011
Fall/Winter 2011 Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week had a pre-kick off with the Heart’s Truth Red Dress Collection 2011 show.
The Red Dress Collection is part of The Heart Truth’s campaign to raise awareness for Women’s heart health and has been a part of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week since 2003.
This year, celebrities like Matthew McConaughey, Susan Sarandon, Matt Czuchry (“Gilmore Girls”, “The Good Wife”), Kat Deluna, and designer Zang Toi were all seated front row, as 20 fashionable women walked the runway to show support for The Heart Truth’s message of heart health.
Wednesday night’s show also gave a special salute to Lucille Ball, who would have celebrated her 100th birthday in 2011. Her personal story underscores the importance of taking preventive action against heart disease.
Walking in this year’s show were:
Alison Sweeney (“Days of our Lives”) in Tadashi Shoji
Ann Curry (NBC’s “Today”) in Carmen Marc Valvo
Archie Panjabi (“The Good Wife”) in J. Mendel
Audrina Patridge (“The Hills”) in Badgley Mischka
Camila Alves (designer of MUXO by Camila Alves) in Kaufmanfranco
Cat Deeley (host “So You Think You Can Dance”) in Alberta Ferretti
Dania Ramirez (“Entourage”) in Catherine Malandrino
Denise Richards in Matthew Williamson
Dita Von Teese (Queen of Burlesque) in Zac Posen
Eva Amurri (“Californication”) in Chris Benz
EVE in David Meister
Garcelle Beauvais (“Franklin & Bash”) in Monique Lhuillier
Gayle King (Editor-in-Chief “O” magazine) in Donna Karan
Giuliana Rancic (co-host E! News) in Notte by Marchesa
Julianne Hough (“Burlesque”) in Swarovski
Katrina Bowden (“30 Rock”) in Oscar de la Renta
Laila Ali in A Pea in the Pod
Linda Gray (“Dallas”) in Pamella Roland
Natasha Bedingfield (Grammy nominated singer/songwriter) in Nicole Miller*
Patti LaBelle (Grammy winning singer) in Zang Toi
Suzanne Somers (“Three’s Company”) in Ina Soltani
Taraji P. Henson (“Hustle & Flow”) in Naeem Khan
A selection of dresses that were worn on the runway will be auctioned off at www.clothesoffourback.org through March 4th. Proceeds from the auction along with The Heart Truth’s online auction, featuring one-of-a-kind items seen during the runway show and backstage will benefit the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health to support awareness and research of women’s heart health.
Shoes for the Red Dress Collection 2011 were provided by Manolo Blahnik, Casadei, and Guiseppe Zanotti. Pattie Yankee of Dashing Diva Professional set the nail trend with colors like “The Big Apple”, “Debutante”, “57th & 5th”, “Park Avenue Mistress”, “Celebrity Circuit”, “In a New York Minute”, “Red Carpet”, “Remember My Name” and “New York Slice”.
For more information about The Hearth Truth and women’s heart health visit www.hearttruth.gov
*Natasha Bedingfield gave a special performance of her hit single “Strip Me” during the show, made possible by Diet Coke, who is a presenting sponsor for the 2011 Red Dress Collection. You can visit DietCoke.com/HeartTruth to learn how Diet Coke is helping to raise awareness in women’s heart health.