I had the honor of being invited to the Heart Truth Red Dress Collection Fashion Show in NYC and cover it as the blogger ambassador for the American College of Cardiology (ACC). This annual event kicks off New York Fashion Week with a runway presentation of celebrities wearing custom red dresses created by some of America's hottest and iconic designers. As stated in this post, the Red Dress is the symbol for heart disease awareness in women and a reminder that this preventable illness is the #1 cause of death for women in the United States. We see so much done for Breast Cancer Awareness with pink taking over the month of October (which is great!) but not enough of a red presence in February during Heart Month. Heart disease is not an older woman's disease and can affect all of us at any age. Diet Coke, The Heart Truth (NHLBI), and CardioSmart have joined together to organize this event in order to remind us to get checked and to live a heart healthy lifestyle. The show was truly a delight and the highlight of it was the uber vivacious Rosalyn Sanchez working her hips in a gorgeous Tadashi Shoji dress as she salsa'd up and down the runway. Please continue reading to see more pictures from this memorable evening and please do not forget to talk to your physician about doing simple tests to check your BMI and cholesterol levels.
This is a PREVENTABLE disease that should not take the life of any more women.
(photo intensive post below)
Soledad O'Brien wearing a beautiful high slit, off the shoulder dress by Black Halo Eve
Olympic gold medalist Gabby Douglass tumbling down the runway in a glamorous Pamella Roland number.
Rock royalty Kelly Osbourne adding some edge to a strapless Zac Posen dress
Definitely not a desperate housewife, Brenda Strong works the sexy draping and cutouts of this Marc Bouwer original.
Jillian Michaels' body is bangin in this fitted Cushnie et Ochs dress!
Mom-ager and business woman extraordinaire Kris Jenner wearing the heck out of a Badgley Mischka gown.
Sisters in Style, Kendall and Kylie Jenner walking hand in hand in form fitting Badgley Mischka gowns.
Follow the Fifty: Models of Heart Health's beautiful Cindy Parsons showing a little leg and a new heart healthy body in Adrianna Papell.
Talk Show diva Wendy Williams letting everyone at the show know that her Kamali Kulture dress was number 1!
Olympic gymnast and ambassador for the sport Nastia Liukin sashaying in gorgeous Reem Acra.
Red Dress Ambassador, Minka Kelly floating down the runway in grecian inspired Oscar de la Renta gown with gladiator gold belt.
Latina beauty Rosalyn Sanchez bringing the heat in a Tadashi Shoji flamenco inspired red dress.
Winter X Games Gold medalist and dynamic snowboarder Torah Bright fist pumping in an amazing Nicole Miller high low dress!
Beautiful, shiny & sparkly figure hugging David Meister gown on uber adorable Jamie Chung!
Carolina Herrera making the back and shoulders a statement as modeled by TODAY co-host Savannah Guthrie.
Heart disease survivor and multi award winning songstress, Toni Braxton in a body hugging bandage Herve L. Leroux dress to close out 2013 Red Dress Collection Fashion Show!
all photos taken by Jennifer Jean-Pierre.