Saturday, February 14, 2009

Heart Truth fashion show

The Heart Truth fashion show — with its parade of celebrities in red frocks — is the industry's Valentine to the public, Tim Gunn of "Project Runway" said as he officially kicked off New York Fashion Week Friday morning.

The annual show, which serves to raise awareness about heart disease, the number one killer of women, features one-of-a-kind red designer dresses from up-and-comers Cushnie et Ochs and Christian Siriano to Donna Karan and Michael Kors.

Katie Couric, Patricia Arquette, Hilary Duff and Olympic gymnast Nastia Liukin were among the celebrities who donned red dresses to help raise awareness about heart disease.
Jane Kaczmarek, wearing a strapless, fan-top gown by Rafael Cennamo was a first-time catwalker. She told the AP ahead of the show that her biggest concern was tripping. (She did fine.)

Former "Wonder Woman" Lynda Carter, in a one-shoulder Caroline Herrera gown, was another crowd favorite as were Jennie Garth and Tori Spelling of "Beverly Hills, 90210," who shot down the runway one after another. Garth was in flowing Badgley Mischka gown with peek-a-boo white beaded straps and Spelling wore a flirty strapless dress by Betsey Johnson with a black-sash waist and tiers of pleats.

Several top-tier athletes showed off their toned figures: Olympic swimmer Amanda Beard wore a bikini-top gown by Cushnie et Ochs, and skater Kristi Yamaguchi was in a deep-red satin gown by Vera Wang with rosettes on one shoulder.

Others owned the runway as though they were secretly moonlighting as models in their free time - Vivica A. Fox, in her spangled floor-length gown by Jenny Packham, epitomized the confident and sexy woman with va-va-voom curves, while Tori Spelling could give a lesson on walking to contestants on "America's Next Top Model" with her "girl, don't mess with me" moves, hand on hip as she hammed it up.

From his front-row seat, Mark Indelicato, the youngest star of TV's "Ugly Betty," said he thought all the celebrities were an effective way to draw attention to heart disease, but he wasn't quite convinced to switch his wardrobe to red.

"I have a stripe on my sweater and I'm wearing my Red Dress pin, but I'm not really partial to red," he said.

Model Heidi Klum walks the runway at The Heart Truth's Red Dress Collection fashion show

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