Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week came to an end today on Feb. 19 and one of the highlights was the Go Red For Women Red Dress presentation. The American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women is a national movement aimed to raise awareness about women’s number one health threat: heart disease. At the Go Red For Women Red Dress Collection, more than 20 celebrities walked the runway in exclusive red dresses, designed by America’s elite designers, to help the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women educate women about the importance of heart health for themselves and their families.
Celebrity participants included Alexa Ray Joel in Tamara Mellon, Barbara Eden in Carmen Marc Valvo, Bethany Mota in Badgley Mischka, Carla Hall in Macy’s San Francisco Incubator Designer, Stephanie Bodnar, Catt Sadler in Oscar de la Renta, Ciara in Safiyaa, Cynthia Bailey in Macy’s Philadelphia Incubator Designer, Jovan O’Conner, Dascha Polanco in Michael Costello, Donna Mills in Mark Zunino, Fifth Harmony in BCBGeneration, Hota Kotb in Romona Keveza, Irina Pantaeva in Marc Bower, Jennette McCurdy in Nicole Miller, Kristin Cavallari in Monique Lhuillier, Laverne Cox in Donna Karan, Star Jones in B. Michael, Thalia in Thalia for Macy’s /Shady Zeineldine, Tracy Anderson in Ina Soltani, Valerie Jean Garduno in Macy’s Incubator Designer, Agnes Hemerlik and Zendaya in Rubin Singer.
We caught up with Jennette McCurdy backstage. Read our exclusive interview below:
Tell me how excited you are to be here today.
I’m super excited. Actually one of my first jobs was doing a voice-over for American Heart Association, way back when I was like 7 years old and when I first got that commercial, I did a lot of research on CPR and some heart issues back then. When I found out about this, I felt like everything came full circle and I’m happy to be here and encouraging women to do their own research and find out the efforts that they can take to prevent heart disease.
You’re walking amongst a wonderful crowd of people. Was there anyone you were excited to meet?
Zendaya, I think she’s awesome. I see her around and we tweet each other sometimes, but I don’t even know if we’ve ever met in person, so I can’t wait to say hey to her.
Can you tell me about projects you’re working on?
Yeah, I just got a show on Netflix called “Between.” It’s coming out late spring and we already shot the first season. It’s about a small town that gets put into quarantine after a disease outbreak, and the only people left in the town are under 22 years old. We all have to figure out how this disease outbreak happened.
What is it like for you to be joining the Netflix family?
Awesome. I don’t even have cable or any sort of channels. All I have is Netflix on my Apple TV, so having the opportunity to work with them is awesome because it’s a brand that I feel real passionate about. On top of that, they’ve been so collaborative and open to my opinions about things. I’ve been so happy to work with them.
What are some of your other favorite Netflix shows?
“House of Cards,” all day, all night. Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright are amazing.
We also spoke with Bethany Mota. Read our exclusive interview below:
Tell me how excited you are to be here supporting this cause.
I’m so excited. I think it’s an amazing cause and I’m really, really happy that I was asked to be a part of it.
Who are you excited to see tonight or meet?
I actually just ran into Fifth Harmony, which I saw them earlier last year so it was really cool to see them again.
What else are you looking forward to this Fashion Week?
There’s a lot of I’m looking forward to. This is actually my first time attending Fashion Week so I’m just excited to explore it and see what it’s like, because I’m always invited every year and I never get to come so I’m just really happy to be here.
You’re also working on music. What can you tell us about that?
I released my first single last year with Mike Tompkins so it was a collaboration. It was more of like a pop song. Now I’m working on finding my own style of music, which I think it’s going to be a little bit more like acoustic and more indie. Right now I’m working on that and writing music, and I can’t wait to hopefully put some stuff out soon.
Notable show attendees included Bera, Bobby Brackins, Courtney Kerr, Estelle, Fashion by Mayhem, Katie Lee Joel, Laura Bell Bundy, Lennon Ray Louise Stella, Louise Roe, Maisy Jude Marion Stella, Paulina Vega, Tommy Mottola. Fifth Harmony closed the show with a live performance of their new single “Sledgehammer.” The event was presented by Macy’s.