Style Week January Day Four – AHA Go Red Challenge

Daniela Corte Go Red Challenge by Daniel Gagnon

On Wednesday, January 20th Style Week Providence hosted a gorgeous event that for the first time opened the runway to the public to benefit the American Heart Association. The Go Red Challenge took the Style Week designers and paired them with survivors of the number one killer of both men and women: heart disease. The true challenge for the designers was to take their survivor and create a red dress that encompassed their unique style but also fit the personality of their clients and their refreshingly average sizes. Hosted by NBC10′s Barbara Morse Silva and CAT Country’s Loren Petice the show was an emotional tribute to life and love.

Adding to the show was the voice over of each survivor’s story in their own words as they walked the runway. It was so moving to watch the reactions of the friends and family in the audience. The stories were amazing and ranged from one woman suffering a stroke while pregnant to another woman having a heart attack and not even realizing it!

As for the designs they were just as wonderful as the models and gorgeous accented with a generous donation from Swarovski Elements. My favorites were the exquisite one shouldered gown designed by Maria Del Carmen Mercado, the stunning number by Jonathan Joseph Peters, and the beautiful dress Daniela Corte made for her survivor who was her mother. Jessica Abernethy’s outstanding and creative design won the challenge but every single participant was a winner.

Thank you Daniel Gagnon for allowing me to use your amazing photos. To see more of his pictures including the wonderful work he did for Style Week click HERE.

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