23 February 2012

Kicking Off Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week 2012

I kicked off Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week 2012 at The Heart Truth Red Dress Collection, a benefit show and national campaign which raises awareness for women's heart health diseases. The campaign's tenth anniversary kicked off New York Fashion Week with celebrities such as veteran model and longtime RDC supporter Christie Brinkley, former model and actress Rebecca Romijn, and singer-songwriter Gloria Estefan.

The centerpiece of The Heart Truth is the Red Dress, which was introduced as the national symbol for women and heart disease awareness in 2002 by NHLBI. The Red Dress® reminds women of the need to protect their heart health and inspires them to take action.

Christie Brinkley struts down the runway in a Pamella Roland gown

Christie Brinkley is an avid supporter of women's health issues. Having previously participated in the Red Dress Collection, her word of advice to the newcomers of the catwalk and campaign are invaluable:
"You can't take a bad step when you're on that runway. You're there supporting this worthwhile, meaningful cause. And if you slip and fall, you'll make the news and spread the word even more."
Rebecca Romijn graces the runway in a Marchesa gown

Actress and former model, Rebecca Romijn was a sight to behold. While all the other celebrities were at their individual stations with their stylists, Romijn entered the room in full hair and makeup. She immediately commanded the room's attention with her glorious 5'11" frame and stunning beauty. I wasn't the only person thoroughly awestruck by this blonde bombshell's - you could hear the gay gasp echoing throughout the room.

Gloria Estefan dances to her new single, Hotel Nacional, in a Narciso Rodriguez dress

I had the honor and privilege to work with gorgeous Gloria Estefan this year. She recently released the music video of Hotel Nacional from her 2011 album, Little Miss Havana, and walked down the runway in her Narciso Rodrigo dress to the song. Her hair stylist worked her hair into a high french twist (he corrected me when I complimented his work, thinking it was a beehive) which gave her the additional height and contrast to the other stars on the catwalk.

Photo credit: Amanda Schwab / AP

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