Red Dress Collection raises heart disease awareness with glamour
|Thom Navarro, Erin Weness, and Maria Legatt|
CW's Carly Aplin hosted the event in a black Realia by Jen dress that combined lace, cutouts, and daring thigh-high slits for a truly eye-catching look. Before the runway show, Aplin introduced Maria Legatt, a survivor of congestive heart failure that told an emotional story about her own battle with heart disease from a young age. The two were also joined onstage by young heart disease survivor Erin Weness who has gone through several open heart surgeries -- and isn't even 10 years old. These personal tales brought the event to a new level, and served as an important reminder of what the night was all about: helping others with heart disease.
Gorgeous gowns at Red Dress Collection 2013 at the Graves
|Amelia Santaniello in Richard Beckel.|
Heart disease survivor Krista Wanous donned a playful design by Samantha Rei of Blasphemina's Closet. The mid-length scarlet dress came equipped with the fullness of a petticoat underneath the skirt, a signature element of the designer. Swathed in delicate, dotted black mesh, the Lolita-like getup came together in the back with an exaggerated ribbon laced up corset-style. The steampunk-inspired look also included a jaunty, miniature top hat with gold detailing and gold-spiked wedges.Alix Kendall of Fox 9 owned the catwalk in a retro-inspired outfit by Rachel Blomgren. Perfect for the anchor's petite frame, the creation consisted of an a-line skirt with a line of detail buttons down the back and a long-sleeved peplum top.
Guild Collective's Pam Mondale wore a glamorous Emma Berg creation. The sleeveless dress hugged at the waist, with the pencil skirt bottom hitting at the knees. The look was topped by a flowing, floor-length train that billowed behind Mondale on the runway boasting a chevron design.
|Rena Sarigianopoulos in Caroline Hayden|
Other Minnesota celebs that hit the runway included Allison Kaplan in a free-flowing Lindsey Hopkins dress, Falen Bonsett in a Christopher Straub piece, and Sara Talebi in a showstopping Monique Lhuillier dress, among others.
The show seemed like it was over in a flash. And while the fashion was undeniably eye-catching, the true winners of the night were the heart disease survivors on the catwalk and off: All the proceeds from the event benefitted the American Heart Association.