I look forward to the Heart Truth Red Dress Collection fashion show every February because it is a truly joyful show, made even more so by the always entertaining mixture of celebs who walk the runway and an audience who isn’t afraid to dress to the nines. It doesn’t hurt that it’s all in support of raising awareness for heart disease, the number one killer of women.
This season the catwalk strutters skewed a little younger than usual–gymnasts Gabby Douglas and Nastia Liukin walked (they didn’t handspring, sadly), as did Kendall and Kyle Jenner (preceded on the runway by mom Kris), and gorgeous Aussie snowboarder Torah Bright. Minka Kelly and Jamie Chung represented the stunning starlet set, and Soledad O’Brien and Savannah Guthrie brought a little TV journalist gravitas to the proceedings. Kelly Osbourne was on the red carpet, rather than judging it. Toni Braxton and Wendy Williams provided a few goddess moments. Exercise guru Jillian Michaels was there, too, and easily had the best triceps of the whole bunch.
On the red carpet prior to the event, the common fear shared by many ladies was taking a tumble in towering heels. Snowboarder Bright told us, “I’m not trained in walk in five inch heels, but I do know how to fall well. I make a living by falling down!” Hmm, so what advice would she give a new model making her debut this week in case of a tumble? “Tuck and roll!” When asked if she was nervous about walking the runway, Kelly Osbourne pretty much summed it up for all the ladies, “Fuck, yes!”
But they all did an amazing job. Many danced, there was posing and hip thrusting at the end of the runway, and not a single lady fell. Kylie and Kendall were the most model-y of the bunch, but they didn’t look too happy to be sharing a runway. Gabby Douglas was my favorite–between the smile and Culture Club’s “I Tumble 4 Ya” that accompanied her strut, it totally made my night.
And the icing on the cake? A hooting, hollering, red sequin clad rowdy bunch of ladies from Connecticut who all took part in a heart health campaign back home and were there to support Cindy Parsons, one of their own. Parsons walked the runway as the first-ever “civilian” (ie non-famous person) to walk in the Heart Truth show.
Click through to see all the shenanigans, as well as which designer each lady wore.