Feb 13, 2015 11:57 AM
NY Fashion Week: Rosie O'Donnell, Laverne Cox in red
The Associated Press
NEW YORK (AP) The Associated Press is all over New York Fashion Week, from its runway fashions to celebrity-packed events. Here's what some AP writers are seeing:
ROSIE IN RED
Rosie O'Donnell opened with a wry quip: "I had a lot of stress today, I don't know if you heard."
Hours after ending her second stint as a host of ABC's "The View," O'Donnell was on a fashion runway a strange place for her to be, she said introducing the American Heart Association's "Go Red for Women" Red Dress Collection, an annual fashion show featuring entertainment personalities modeling bright red designer dresses to promote awareness of heart disease.
O'Donnell donned a red jacket and black pants to open the show Thursday night, but she wasn't hazarding a walk down the runway (and back) teetering on stilettos. That job fell to some 20 women of all ages, culminating in a much-cheered appearance by actress Barbara Eden, the 83-year-old former star of the 1960s series "I Dream of Jeannie," who even did her trademark fold-the-arms-and-blink move for the cameras.
Eden wore a lacy Carmen Marc Valvo gown. Others at the show, which was presented by Macy's, included TV personality Star Jones in a B. Michael gown, who brought along her tiny white dog on a leash (the dog appeared to be a real pro, hardly flinching in the hot lights and loud music).
Some of the biggest cheers were awarded to Laverne Cox, a star of TV's "Orange is the New Black" and the first openly transgender person to be nominated for an Emmy. Cox twirled at the top of the runway in her gauzy Donna Karan number.
The crowd also responded to the enthusiasm of NBC host Hoda Kotb, who wore Romona Keveza and energetically acted out all the lyrics to "Uptown Funk" as she danced down the runway.
Disney Channel personality Zendaya donned a smashing Rubin Singer gown, short in front and long in the back, with pink accents. Mexican actress Thalia wore a dress from her own line, Thalia, for Macy's. Actress Donna Mills, best known for "Knot's Landing," wore Mark Zunino.
While everyone wore glamorous gowns, only supermodel Irina Pantaeva shimmered on top of her head: She was wearing a bejeweled headpiece, resembling a winter hat of rhinestones.
The show ended with a song from the girl group Fifth Harmony all clad in red, of course.
MUSIC MEETS FASHION
Most of the time when you hear a Bon Jovi song in a store, it's playing over a loudspeaker. But Thursday night, around 100 lucky fans were treated to seeing the New Jersey-born rocker perform a bunch of his hits during an intimate acoustic set inside of a Kenneth Cole store in Soho.
The performance, as New York Fashion Week began, was part of Common Thread, an initiative the musician started with Cole that provides a platform for the new creators of today and tomorrow to help them find an audience.
The initiative benefits both young designers and musicians, something Cole said the pair spent a lot of time discussing.
"Despite all the social media and the ability for people to have a voice, it's so hard for them to find an audience for that voice," Cole told the Associated Press. "So tonight is kind of the two of them coming together, and that's what the common thread."
Before the show, the 52-year old musician expressed his feeling that while the technology for making music has gotten simpler, he sees no substitute for raw performance as the true measure of talent.
"You can have all the bells and whistles of production these days, and these guys that are out there singing on the Grammys with auto-tune," Jon Bon Jovi said. "I always used to say, 'I'm going to hand you my guitar, sing me something, and I want to see you play it.'"
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