Every Woman Needs a Little…Red Dress?

by Kristopher Fraser Photographed by Fernanda Calfat/Getty Images
Saturday, February 11, 2017

Green Light, Yellow Light, Red…Dress. That red actually means go, as in Go Red for Women.

Go Red For Women, the American Heart Association’s National movement to end heart disease and stroke in women, came together with Macy’s for the annual Go Red for Women Dress Collection.

This year, for the first time ever, heart disease survivors walked in the fashion show alongside the celebrities. Last year, Macy’s took its commitment to women’s health to the next level by holding a nationwide employee associate casting call to identify five associates from Macy’s stores who’ve been personally impacted by heart disease. Odilia Cristabel Flores from New York City, a senior manager in Macy’s Social Compliance Department, and AHA Real Woman Nicole Hardy from Scarborough, Maine hit the runway to raise awareness for a cause they’ve had personal experience with.

In the sea of red, you would have thought Valentine’s Day came early, but it was still all about hearts. The event is most celebrated for its ability to assemble stars throughout the ages and designers carried everywhere from Macy’s to Bergdorf Goodman to support this charitable initiative.

Rather than assembling a cast of it girls and supermodels to show off the dresses, the organization brings together stars from all generations to display the collection. The lineup included Katie Holmes, Bridget Moynahan, Maureen McCormick, Rachel Platten, Juliette Lewis, Lorraine Toussaint, C.C. H. Pounder, Jeannie Mai, Dianne Guerrero, Lucy Lawless, Veronica Webb and Bonnie Sommerville.

Featured designers who created looks for this year’s event included Marchesa, Carmen Marc Valvo, Hervé Leger, Gustavo Cadile, Mac Duggal, John Paul Ataker, Jay Godfrey, Christian Siriano, Escada, Masha Titievsky, Nicole Miller, Emilio Sosa, Naeem Khan, Pamella Rolland and Amanda Casares.

After the party hopping, music popping runway show took place guests got a surprise treat. Platten came back out and took center stage with four backup dancers to perform her hit single “Fight Song.” Needless to say, the crowd went wild for the talented pop diva.

The fashion served its mission of raising awareness at New York Fashion Week for a health threat facing women today: heart disease.

Are you feeling red today?

Visit Go Red For Women’s website at


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