Christie Brinkley and Patti Stanger Walk Heart Truth Red Dress Fall 2012 Runway

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The finale shot of the ladies in red.

Mercedes Benz Fall 2012 Fashion Week kicked off Wednesday night with the annual Heart Truth's Red Dress Collection fashion show at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City.

As the main event of the Heart Truth Campaign, which raises awareness of the risk of heart disease in women, the runway extravaganza always brings together an eclectic array of famous faces including celebs, fashion insiders, and this year, an Olympic athlete.

14-time Olympic gold medalist, Michael Phelps, sat front row to watch his mother, Debbie Phelps walk the runway in a stunning Adrianna Papell floor-length gown.

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Strike a pose: Minka Kelly, Christie Brinkley and Patti Stanger rock the runway.

Rebecca Romijn was the first to walk, strutting her statuesque figure in an ethereal Marchesa design. Christie Brinkley danced down the runway to the tune of "Uptown Girl," wearing a strapless Pamella Roland gown and shawl.

Millionaire Matchmaker Patti Stanger flaunted her svelte figure in a Marc Bouwer dress while country singer Jennifer Nettles walked wearing David Meister. Chaka Khan and Gloria Estefan worked the runway and the crowd in Chis March and Narciso Rodriguez respectively.

Rose McGowan tripped but caught herself before she stormed the catwalk in Donna Karan and Friday Night Lights starlet Minka Kelly was all smiles in a sequined DVF number.

Decked in red and pulsing with energy, the crowd cheered as each celeb showcased her own inspired interpretation of the runway strut.

Check out our review of the 2011 Heart Truth Red Dress show.