Stars turn out for day one of Fashion Week

February 1, 2008 7:33:56 PM PST
It's a celebrity! No, a model! No, a celebrity! It was hard to keep the beautiful people straight as New York Fashion Week got off to a glossy start on Friday with the Red Dress Collection fashion show. Actresses Sara Rameriz, Ashanti and Rita Moreno all danced down the runway in their red best, as did uber-model Heidi Klum, who rarely graces the catwalk these days outside "Project Runway."

Style and celebrity are regular handmaidens, but some were expecting extra wattage at the Mercedez-Benz Fashion Week tents at Bryant Park. The strike by The Writers Guild of America has left many actors without their regular work to do.

"I think because of the strike, and they just had their vacations, there's the threat of no Oscar red carpet and their (TV) series are ended. I think they'll be at Fashion Week," stylist Mary Alice Stephenson told The Associated Press earlier this week.

The stars who shimmied down the catwalk Friday for Laura Bush's healthy heart campaign then took their seats at other shows to watch the pros in action. At BCBG, Joss Stone, Cheryl Hines and Ana Ortiz sat in the front row along with Tyson Beckford, Sophia Bush and Mary Lynn Rajskub of "24."

Fashionable fiction also came to life with a ribbon-cutting by the stars of "Lipstick Jungle" and a preview of the designs to be worn in the upcoming "Sex and the City" movie.

The red dress campaign came on the tail of another charity event Thursday night, staged by the environmentally conscious nonprofit group Earth Pledge. The FutureFashion show featured eco-conscious designs from two dozen top designers, and featured models who donated their time.

The eight-day preview of the spring-summer looks of 100 or so designers runs through next Friday.