The Heart Truth's Red Dress Collection Fashion Show
Daisy Fuentes (in a red chiffon Pamella Roland gown) was one of the many stars, including Hilary Duff, Jennie Garth and Amanda Bynes, who helped kick off New York Fashion Week at the Heart Truth's Red Dress Collection Fashion Show. The annual show helps raise awareness for heart disease and also raises money by auctioning off many of the dresses with Clothes Off Our Back.
"This is the first year I've been able to do the show and I'm so honored," said Hilary Duff, who worked a trip down the Red Dress catwalk into her "girls' trip" to N.Y.C. with her mom. "I'm wearing Donna Karan. I designed a line for DKNY so we've become good friends." How will Duff prepare for the big walk? "I say a little prayer before I go out there," she said.
Amanda Bynes showed off her gorgeous gams in a satin Swarovski minidress (with a Daniel Swarovski belt) and a pair of towering Yves Saint Laurent platform heels. "I feel sexy and I'm very excited to get out there!" the actress exclaimed.
"I've been a supporter of the American Heart Association for a long time, so when they asked, I got on a plane," said 90210 star Jennie Garth, who made a quick trip across the country to walk in the show. Did she have a hand in choosing her Badgley Mischka dress? "No, they sent me something wonderful and it fit. I believe that things like that just fall into place," she said.
"Christian Siriano is using jewelry from my line in his show, so I'll be there," said Tori Spelling, who got a last-minute hair touch-up from pal Jennie Garth before hitting the runway. How did the 90210 actress feel in her Betsey Johnson dress? "Flirty!" Spelling declared.
"I never knew walking could be so terrifying!" exclaimed Valerie Bertinelli, who showed off her svelte figure in a dress by Project Runway winner Christian Siriano.
"This dress is Tracy Reese. It used to be much longer, but they had to chop it off because I'm only 5'2"," said Nia Long. The actress and other celebrity models got ready for the show by picking out Swarovski jewelry and getting their makeup done by artists from Bobbie Brown.
"It's nice to be involved with this because not only do you get to wear a beautiful dress and be a model for a day, but you're also helping to serve a purpose," said Brittany Snow, who wore Marchesa on the runway.
"Red is the color of love, but it's also a color that commands our attention," said Patricia Arquette, who looked glamorous in a gown by Nicole Miller. "As women, we make sure everyone else is taken care of before we think of ourselves. So this event is a reminder that we need to take time out for us."
"The Red Dress show and Clothes Off Our Back were a match made in heaven," said Jane Kaczmarek (in Rafael Cennamo), whose charity will auction off the dresses from the show. "We raise awareness about heart disease and then we raise money by auctioning off these gorgeous gowns."
Nastia Liukin gracefully glided down the runway in a dance-inspired dress by Max Azria. This isn't the Olympic gymnast's first modeling gig either-she's starring in the brand's upcoming Spring 2009 ad campaign.
"I haven't worked out in five months!" claimed Amanda Beard, who showed off her swimmers' body in a dress by Cushnie et Ochs. "I'd be much less nervous if I was in a bathing suit getting ready to dive into the pool for a race."
"I just did a rehearsal and the catwalk is SO big! I'm a little nervous," said Kristi Yamaguchi, who claimed that her years as an Olympic figure skater did little to prepare her for her first runway show. One thing Yamaguchi didn't have to worry about was her dress. "Vera Wang designed my wedding dress, so she knows what looks good on me," Yamaguchi said.