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The Heart Truth Red Dress
Mercedes Benz Fashion Week
The Tents at Bryant Park
February 2, 2007


Written by Bob Bland
Photographed by Evens Lamour

Angela Bassett

The last word I would use to describe our American government is “stylish”, but on Friday morning sponsor Laura Bush and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services put on a wildly successful runway show to a packed audience of celebrities, designers, press and other fashion insiders. The Hearth Truth teamed with 20 designers and 20 celebrities to present a collection of red dresses that ranged from classic to striking to absolutely edgy. Celebrity highlights of the show included Katharine McPhee in a slip dress encrusted entirely with ruby red Swarowski crystals, tennis great Billie Jean King sporting sneakers on the catwalk to a standing ovation, and Betsey Johnson closing the show with her signature dance routine. Other notable celebrities joining them on the runway included Kelly Ripa, Angela Bassett, Rachel Ray, Kim Cattrall and Lauren Hutton. While every style was a designer favorite, best of show unquestionable went to Kristin Chenoweth in a perfectly-proportioned satin confection by Oscar De La Renta.

Now in its fifth year, the Red Dress Collection is continuing to partner with the fashion industry in raising national awareness of heart disease as the #1 killer of women. Along with John Bartlett, the Heart Truth opened Fall 2007 Fashion Week by raising more than a few pulses in the audience. Offerings from legendary designers like CFDA president Diane Von Furstenberg and Carolina Herrera, as well as frocks from up-and-coming labels such as Jovovich-Hawk, were worn on the backs of celebrities of every shape, size and color. With the topic of model health standards weighing on everyone’s mind this month, Red Dress created an unintended moment of reflection for industry professionals who support designer’s right to choose dangerously skinny models for their runway presentations. Though the show was an exuberant and fun reminder to protect heart health, it was also a display of beautiful women in beautiful dresses, with not a size zero sample to be found.

For more information on the Heart Truth Red Dress Fashion Show and to learn more about women’s risk of heart disease, go to http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/hearttruth.


Mary Hart Kristin Chenoweth
Rachel Ray Angela Bassett
Kelly Ripa Kelly Ripa

Betsey Johnson

Billie Jean King

Kelly Ripa


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