Advertisement

Red Dress Collection: Celebs walk the runway for heart disease awareness

Dascha Polanco walks the runway at the Go Red For Women Red Dress Collection 2015 presented by Macy's fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Fall 2015 at The Theatre at Lincoln Center on February 12, 2015 in New York City.
Dascha Polanco walks the runway at the Go Red For Women Red Dress Collection 2015 presented by Macy's fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Fall 2015 at The Theatre at Lincoln Center on February 12, 2015 in New York City. Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Go Red

NEW YORK – Rosie O’Donnell opened with a wry quip: “I had a lot of stress today, I don’t know if you heard.”

Hours after ending her second stint as a host of ABC’s The View, O’Donnell was on a fashion runway – a strange place for her to be, she said – introducing the American Heart Association’s “Go Red for Women” Red Dress Collection, an annual fashion show featuring entertainment personalities modeling bright red designer dresses to promote awareness of heart disease.

O’Donnell herself donned a red jacket and black pants to open the show Thursday night, but she wasn’t hazarding a walk down the runway (and back) teetering on stilettos. That job fell to some 20 women of all ages, culminating in a much-cheered appearance by actress Barbara Eden, the 83-year-old former star of the 1960s series I Dream of Jeannie, who even did her trademark fold-the-arms-and-blink move for the cameras.

Story continues below advertisement
Barbara Eden
Actress Barbara Eden walks the runway at the Go Red For Women Red Dress Collection 2015 presented by Macy’s fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Fall 2015 at The Theatre at Lincoln Center on February 12, 2015 in New York City. Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Go Red

Eden wore a lacy Carmen Marc Valvo gown. Others at the show, which was presented by Macy’s, included TV personality Star Jones in a B. Michael gown, who brought along her tiny white dog on a leash (the dog appeared to be a real pro, hardly flinching in the hot lights and loud music).

Star Jones walks the runway at the Go Red For Women Red Dress Collection 2015 presented by Macy's fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Fall 2015 at The Theatre at Lincoln Center on February 12, 2015 in New York City.
Star Jones walks the runway at the Go Red For Women Red Dress Collection 2015 presented by Macy’s fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Fall 2015 at The Theatre at Lincoln Center on February 12, 2015 in New York City. Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Go Red

Some of the biggest cheers were awarded to Laverne Cox, a star of TV’s Orange is the New Black and the first openly transgender person to be nominated for an Emmy. Cox twirled at the top of the runway in her gauzy Donna Karan number.

Story continues below advertisement
Laverne Cox
In this image released by Starpix, Laverne Cox poses in a Donna Karan dress, left, and Dascha Polanco poses in Michael Costello dress at the Go Red for Women Red Dress Fashion Show, Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015, at Lincoln Center in New York. AP Photo/Starpix, Aurora Rose

The crowd also responded to the enthusiasm of NBC host Hoda Kotb, who wore Romona Keveza and energetically acted out all the lyrics to “Uptown Funk” as she danced down the runway.

Disney Channel personality Zendaya donned a smashing Rubin Singer gown, short in front and long in the back, with pink accents.

In this image released by Starpix, Zendaya poses in a Rubin Singer dress at the Go Red for Women Red Dress Fashion Show, Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015, at Lincoln Center in New York.
In this image released by Starpix, Zendaya poses in a Rubin Singer dress at the Go Red for Women Red Dress Fashion Show, Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015, at Lincoln Center in New York. AP Photo/Starpix, Aurora Rose

 

Story continues below advertisement

Mexican actress Thalia wore a dress from her own line, Thalia, for Macy’s. Actress Donna Mills, best known for Knot’s Landing, wore Mark Zunino.

While everyone wore glamorous gowns, only supermodel Irina Pantaeva shimmered on top of her head: She was wearing a bejeweled headpiece, resembling a winter hat of rhinestones.

Russian model and actress Irina Pantaeva walks the runway at the Go Red For Women Red Dress Collection 2015 presented by Macy's fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Fall 2015 at The Lincoln Center in New York on February 12, 2015.
Russian model and actress Irina Pantaeva walks the runway at the Go Red For Women Red Dress Collection 2015 presented by Macy’s fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Fall 2015 at The Lincoln Center in New York on February 12, 2015. JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images

The show ended with a song from the girl group Fifth Harmony – all clad in red, of course.

Fifth Harmony performs on the runway at the Go Red For Women Red Dress Collection 2015 presented by Macy's fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Fall 2015 at The Theatre at Lincoln Center on February 12, 2015 in New York City.
Fifth Harmony performs on the runway at the Go Red For Women Red Dress Collection 2015 presented by Macy’s fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Fall 2015 at The Theatre at Lincoln Center on February 12, 2015 in New York City. Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Go Red