Diane Guerrero walks the runway at the American Heart Association's Go Red For Women Red Dress Collection 2017 presented by Macy's at Fashion Week in New York City at Hammerstein Ballroom on Feb. 9, 2017 in New York City. Fernanda Calfat/Getty Images for for AHA
The Red Dress Collection, founded in 2003, is a fashion show aimed at spreading awareness for heart disease and how great of a national health threat it is for women; cardiovascular disease causes 1 in 3 deaths among women each year, which is more than all cancers combined. It’s a cause that singer-songwriter Rachel Platten takes very seriously as an artist and philanthropist. Though she’s not new to charity work -- Platten is a Music Unites ambassador and longtime Musicians on Call performer -- it was her very first time walking a NYFW runway.
“I met a [7-year-old] survivor backstage named Sophia,” Platten told Billboard on the event’s red carpet. “She had an open heart surgery and told me that she listened to ‘Fight Song’ for hours to get ready. We burst into tears in each other's arms. That’s a huge reason why I’m here.”
The musician walked the runway in a fitted red gown by designer and friend Pamella Roland -- who dressed the singer for the 2016 AMA Awards -- and performed her Billboard Hot 100 hit “Fight Song” in a flowing Cristina Ottaviano gown.
“This is something that's actually doing a lot of good in a deep way,” Platten said. “Heart disease is the number one killer of women, and I love that [the Red Dress Collection runway show] is raising awareness.”
To date, Macy’s has raised over $60 million to help fund women’s heart health research and education.