Celebrities set hearts racing to open show
A catwalk of celebrities kicked off New York Fashion Week on Wednesday night, getting the audience all pumped up for the Red Dress runway show, which draws attention to a national awareness campaign about women and heart disease.
Denise Richards did the 1970s look in a halter-top, empire-waist dress by Matthew Williamson, while 1970s pinup Suzanne Somers went for a flared minidress with a jeweled waist by Ina Soltani.
Matthew McConaughey cheered on girlfriend Camila Alves in her sexy, asymmetrical gown by KaufmanFranco, and Susan Sarandon let her daughter, Eva Amurri, soak up the spotlight in her high-neck lace dress by Chris Benz.
No one strutted quite like actress Taraji P Henson, in a Naeem Khan-designed beaded dress with a high slit, who milked her moment with the crowd, singing Michael Jackson's 'The Way You Make Me Feel.'
Pop singer Natasha Bedingfield (right) performed at the end of her turn, but one could have forgotten her day job as she wore a deep V halter dress by Nicole Miller.
Also pictured (left) is burlesque artist Dita Von Teese in a creation by Zac Posen.
Patti LaBelle hammed it up in her kimono-style dress by Zang Toi, and Linda Gray wore a Pamella Roland gown. Katrina Bowden went short in a flounce-front Oscar de la Renta.
Julianne Hough's red Swarovski dress played into the heart-health theme
By fashion standards, Alberta Ferretti's eyelash pleat dress on TV personality Cat Deeley and Monique Lhuillier's rose-covered ballgown, modeled by Garcelle Beauvais, were standouts.
The Red Dress show has become an annual event at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, which officially kicked off yesterday. Some designers are further supporting the national heart disease campaign, by auctioning dresses through the Clothes Off Our Back website.