Since 2002, the Red Dress Collection has been an Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week tradition, bringing artistry to artery awareness.
Inexplicably, there are still too many people unaware that heart disease is the number one killer of American women; too many women unaware of the symptoms (which are not the same as they are in men), and too many physicians unaware of how to recognize and treat the disease in women. So, not only do the ladies get to dress up in custom made designer duds, but they get to do so for a very worthy cause.
The event was held at Lincoln Center on Thursday evening, February 6th, in the Theatre. And it helped kick off fashion week with a positive, inspirational feeling that got to the...well, heart of the audience.
CEO of the American Heart Association, Nancy Brown; CMO of Macy's, Martine Reardon; and T.V.personality and attorney, Star Jones began the show by talking about the importance of women’s health, how much money was raised for the American heart association foundation, and their own personal struggles with heart related health issues.
As has always been this show's signature, in lieu of models, celebrities and heart disease survivors strutted down the runway (without missing a beat), showcasing designer red dresses that were specifically made for this event. Zac Posen, Oscar De La Renta, and Donna Karan are just a few of the renowned designers who contributed beautiful pieces to the show.
The Red Dress Collection featured 20 celebrities including Colbie Caillat, NeNe Leaks, Joan Jett, and Olympians (skater) Sasha Cohen and (skier) Lindsey Vonn (the latter gamely making her way down the runway on crutches, rather than down the Sochi slopes she'd been headed for, prior to her injury).
Coiffed by Jenny Balder for Cutler/Redken, with makeup by Stila and nails by Essie, each woman had a heartfelt (how could it be anything but?) quote of hers projected behind her as she sauntered down the runway. The quotes were all inspirational and got right to the heart of the matter, reminding the audience of the real reason for the evening.
Not that a reminder was necessary. The room was pumped. It was a sea of red, since many guests, in support of the American Heart Association, were wearing red dresses. And the sea was at high tide and rolling, as attendees celebrated life by dancing in their seats and singing along to the songs curated by Rene Arsenault.
Now that's taking your (ideally) daily cardio workout to heart.