Fashion Week: Fashion Week kicks off with show of heart
Celebrities hit the runway in red Wednesday night as they kicked off Fashion Week at Lincoln Center while also raising awareness about heart health. George Whipple filed the following report.
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NEW YORK, N.Y. -- Fashion Week kicked off Wednesday with the Heart's Truth Red Dress Collection 2011, a fashion show to raise awareness about heart disease in women.
"Heart disease is the number one cause of death in women. I'm one of three girls, my mom is one of 10 women in her family, so it's just important to be aware and to know that there are things that you can do to actually prevent heart disease," said actress Dania Ramirez.
All the models walking the runway were stars from music, film and television.
"My whole career, the 'Biggest Loser,' is about being healthy, and tonight is honoring that, supporting that, and encouraging people to get more informed about how they can take care of their heart better. And what better way than to get all glammed up and have some fun?" said "The Biggest Loser" host Alison Sweeney.
"My mother died of a stroke, my father died of a stroke, my younger brother died of a massive heart attack at 42, my sister had a heart attack, so for me, I decided I was gonna really pay attention to what I could do so that that wouldn't be my fate," said actress Suzanne Somers.
"I lost my mom to heart disease two years ago so it's really important, and also I think we just have to keep the word out there. We just have to keep talking about it, about women's health, about heart disease," said actress Garcelle Beauvais.
The designers were thrilled to lend their clothes to this event.
"Anytime we can tie fashion and style to charity and great causes to support, is such an amazing thing," said designer Chris Benz.
"When you have the dress on someone and it looks great, it's always exciting. And this dress looks exactly how it should look," said designer David Meister.