'Orange is the New Black' Stars Ruled the Fashion Week Runway on Thursday

But 'Today' show host Hoda Kotb really got the party started.
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But 'Today' show host Hoda Kotb really got the party started.
We should all be having this much fun. Photo credit: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

We should all be having this much fun. Photo credit: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

While Fashion Week has only just begun, I've already started wondering if fashion people are taking themselves a little too seriously. Like, where's the fun? Well, on Thursday night I think I found out: the American Heart Association's Go Red for Women Red Dress Collection, a celeb-filled runway show that raises awareness for heart disease for women nationwide. While it was hard to top a very dedicated Lindsay Vonn walking the runway in crutches last year (hey, anything for fashion), the show was like a collective party, with everyone's favorite celebrities teaming up with a designer on — you guessed it — a red dress. Not only are these models allowed to smile, they can dance, sing and walk their dogs on the runway, too.

R&B star (and front row regular) Ciara kicked off the extravaganza in a body-con, shoulder-cut out dress by Safiyaa, then the room started to buzz when singer Thalia walked out in a sparkly, lacy princess gown by Shady Zeineldine. But, seriously, the party didn't really start until "Today Show" fan favorite Hoda Kotb — looking great in a one-shouldered Romona Keveza gown — started grooving down the runway and lip-synching to Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars's "Uptown Funk." The crowd went nuts. (Maybe she was pre-gaming backstage with Kathie Lee, as they are wont to do?) 

And then it was game on for Dascha Polanco of "Orange is the New Black," who busted out her moves (and lip-synching skills to rival Jimmy Fallon and Emma Stone) while wearing a keyhole front and open-back dress by Michael Costello. Next, everyone was waiting with bated breath for star of the hour, Laverne Cox, who just scored a groundbreaking co-starring role in a CBS legal drama. Majorly killing it in a diaphanous Donna Karan gown, she practically floated down the runway, performing a Marilyn Monroe-esque twirl routine with the airy layers and striking a celebratory finale pose. Obviously, David Guetta's "When Love Takes Over" was the perfect soundtrack for that moment.

When the crowd went wild for Laverne Cox. Photo credit: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

When the crowd went wild for Laverne Cox. Photo credit: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

Additional highlights: Star Jones's little white puppy, "I Dream of Jeannie" legend Barbara Eden doing her iconic genie head nod blink thing (kids, here it is on YouTube), model Irina Pantaeva's disco ball-bedazzled gladiator helmet and triple threat Zendaya, who was adorable walking to Madonna's "Material Girl." Oh, and fans of "Laguna Beach" and "The Hills" would have appreciated Kristin Cavallari sauntering down the runway to Natasha Bedingfield's "Unwritten," although I always though of that as Lauren Conrad's song. 

Click through for more memorable moments from the Go Red for Women Red Dress Collection in the gallery below.