Red Dress Collection Fashion Show 2011

Red Dress Collection Fashion Show 2011

Credit: Frazer Harrison, Getty Images

The cause is serious: Bring awareness to the fact that heart disease is the number one killer of women every year. The presentation is a glamorous, celeb-filled event.

Every year, the Red Dress Collection Fashion Show kicks off New York’s Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. Top designers create one red dress for one famous gal, who then hits the runway to blaring music and the non-stop flash of cameras as fashion fans (sometimes equally as famous) cheer them on.

I sat two rows behind Miss J from America’s Next Top Model, who was seated front row looking somewhat butch in a chin-length bob, biker-inspired jacket and dark-wash jeans. (I’m a big fan, so this was important to me.) Jay Manuel sat next to him, sporting his usual short, platinum hair with a hint of dark roots, and some kind of crazy red coat that looked like it came off the back of a trumpet player in a marching band. I noticed Johnny Weir while walking to my seat, but he looked fairly subdued. I’d have been happier seeing him in a white leather suit with a Queen Elizabeth hat.

Matthew McConaughey was also front row in the next section, looking as handsome as he does on screen. When his baby mama hit the runway in a one-shouldered Kaufman Franco he practically climbed on stage trying to get a good photo of her.

In true Diva style, Patti LaBelle worked the runway in a penoir-inspired Zang Toi number while lip syncing to her own jam (“New Attitude”). Denise Richards, on the other hand, looked scary skinny and her brown coif looked like it was woven out of plastic Barbie hair.

A big crowd pleaser was Linda Gray, aka Sue Ellen Ewing, strutting down the catwalk in Pamella Roland to the Dallas theme song. Suzanne Somers showed a lot of leg in a gorgeous Ina Soltani mini that proved her ThighMaster really does work.

Other highlights: Archie Panjabi (Kalinda on The Good Wife) was gorgeous in J. Mendel; a pregnant Laila Ali was one hot mama in A Pea in the Pod; Anne Curry looked a bit shy but beautiful in Carmen Marc Valvo; Days of Lives’ star Alison Sweeney showed some serious curves in a body-hugging Tadashi Shoji; and Dita Von Teese was red hot in a Jessica Rabbit-like Zac Posen.

My one complaint: Oprah was nowhere to be found cheering on her BFF Gayle King! Dressed in Donna Karan, Gayle showed that curvy, 50-something women got it going on. But, the fiercest of them all had to be Tajari P. Henson in Naeem Khan. You. Betta. Werk.

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