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The Heart Truth’s Red Dress Collection 2011

Fall 2011 Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week was kicked off with the Red Dress Collection 2011 show.
The Red Dress Collection is part of The Heart Truth’s campaign to raise awareness for Women’s heart health and has been a part of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week since 2003. This year celebrities like Matthew McConaughey, Susan Sarandon, Matt Czuchry (“Gilmore Girls”, “The Good Wife”), Kat Deluna, and designer Zang Toi were all sitting front row as 20 fashionable women walked the runway to show support for The Heart Truth’s message of heart health.
Tonight’s show also gave a special salute to Lucille Ball who would have celebrated her 100th birthday in 2011.  Her personal story underscores the importance of taking preventive action against heart disease.

Walking in this year’s show were:

  • Alison Sweeney (“Days of our Lives”) in Tadashi Shoji
  • Ann Curry (NBC’s “Today”) in Carmen Marc Valvo
  • Archie Panjabi (“The Good Wife”) in J. Mendel
  • Audrina Patridge (“The Hills”) in Badgley Mischka
  • Camila Alves (designer of MUXO by Camila Alves) in Kaufmanfranco
  • Cat Deeley (host “So You Think You Can Dance”) in Alberta Ferretti
  • Dania Ramirez (“Entourage”) in Catherine Malandrino
  • Denise Richards in Matthew Williamson
  • Dita Von Teese (Queen of Burlesque) in Zac Posen
  • Eva Amurri (“Californication”) in Chris Benz
  • EVE in David Meister
  • Garcelle Beauvais (“Franklin & Bash”) in Monique Lhuillier
  • Gayle King (Editor-in-Chief “O” magazine) in Donna Karan
  • Giuliana Rancic (co-host E! News) in Notte by Marchesa
  • Julianne Hough (“Burlesque”) in Swarovski
  • Katrina Bowden (“30 Rock”) in Oscar de la Renta
  • Laila Ali in A Pea in the Pod
  • Linda Gray (“Dallas”) in Pamella Roland
  • Natasha Bedingfield (Grammy nominated singer/songwriter) in Nicole Miller*
  • Patti LaBelle (Grammy winning singer) in Zang Toi
  • Suzanne Somers (“Three’s Company”) in Ina Soltani
  • Taraji P. Henson (“Hustle & Flow”) in Naeem Khan

A selection of dresses that were worn on tonight’s runway will be auctioned off at www.clothesoffourback.org through March 4th.  Proceeds from the auction along with The Heart Truth’s online auction featuring one-of-a-kind items seen during tonight’s show and backstage will benefit the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health to support awareness and research of women’s heart health.

Shoes for the Red Dress Collection 2011 were provided by Manolo Blahnik, Casadei, and Guiseppe Zanotti.  Pattie Yankee of Dashing Diva Professional set the nail trend with colors like “The Big Apple”, “Debutante”, “57th & 5th”, “Park Avenue Mistress”, “Celebrity Circuit”, “In a New York Minute”, “Red Carpet”, “Remember My Name”, “New York Slice”. For more information about The Hearth Truth and women’s heart health visit www.hearttruth.gov

*Natasha Bedingfield gave a special performance of her hit single “Strip Me” during tonight’s show made possible by Diet Coke who is a presenting sponsor for the Red Dress Collection 2011.  You can visit DietCoke.com/HeartTruth to learn how Diet Coke is helping to raise awareness in women’s heart health.

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