Entertainment behind the scenes
Bethenny’s baby bump stars in Red Dress show
By Jan Paschal
Forget about eating for two. Reality TV star Bethenny Frankel was walking the runway for two, showing off her baby bump in a short ruched dress during the Red Dress Collection 2010 Show on Thursday night at New York Fashion Week.
The DJ played “Baby Love” by Diana Ross and the Supremes while Frankel strutted down the runway. But she had to keep tugging at the hem of her tight red dress by designer Isabella Oliver in a vain attempt to keep her black Spanx shapewear from being seen. The crowd in the Tent in Bryant Park didn’t seem to mind. (Frankel’s best known for her role on Bravo’s “The Real Housewives of New York City.”)
After all, a healthy pregnancy seems quite in tune with the reason why the Red Dress Collection runway show exists.
“It’s about awareness,” stylist Robert Verdi says. “Most women don’t realize this is something that could kill them — that heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women. Many think breast cancer is the leading cause of death for women, but it’s not.
“It’s that message about exercise and diet that’s so important, and that’s why getting the celebrities out there is so fabulous,” Verdi said.
Heidi Klum, the top model who’s also the host and executive producer of Project Runway, left no doubt that she’s back in shape just four months after giving birth to her fourth child. She wore a revealing halter gown by designer John Galliano.
Brian Atwood designed the mostly metallic evening shoes, in a first for the Red Dress Collection.
Emmy and Tony Award-winning actress Kristen Chenoweth opened the show in a low-cut gown with built-in bling: a massive Swarovski crystal necklace made up the gown’s entire top. The designer? Daniel Swarovski, naturally.
Memorable runway moments: Actress Joan Collins channeled her best Alexis Carrington of “Dynasty” look in a flowing red chiffon gown by Stephane Rolland, while Olympic silver medal-winning swimmer Dara Torres kicked off her strappy silver stilettos and carried them as she modeled a short red Rachel Roy dress. Robin Roberts, anchor of ABC’s “Good Morning America,” was sleek in a slim, long red column of a dress from the J. Crew Collection.
Some of the dresses worn on the runway will be offered for auction online through March 5, in partnership with the charity, Clothes Off Our Back, through its Website: www.clothesoffourback.org. Proceeds will go to research on heart disease.