Patti LaBelle, Linda Gray and Allison Sweeney look hearty and healthy at the Heart Truth Red Dress Collection show. Photo: Frazer Harrison, Getty Images

The Heart Truth Red Dress Collection has heart.

Keeping with tradition, this celebrity event kicked off New York Fashion Week Wednesday night with spirit: Celebs everyone loves, body shapes real woman can relate to, and of course, beautiful, flattering red gowns just about every woman would love to wear.

Staged to raise awareness of heart disease -- the No. 1 killer of women -- the show has also become something of a tribute to independent, strong women.

This year's edition (co-sponsored by AOL) at the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at Lincoln Center was particularly spirited. Who did we love?

* Linda Gray in Pamella Roland, who beamed as she came down the runway to the theme from "Dallas," naturally.

* Patti LaBelle in Zang Toi, who lip-synched to her own "New Attitude." She gets big points for wearing a dress so short in the front, though the long sleeves and skirt and looked a little choir gown like from the back.

* Dita Von Teese in Zac Posen. I would save all my money to buy this delightfully folded and pleated gown if only it would also make my hips like hers.

* Allison Sweeney in Tadashi Shoji. She just wrote "The Mommy Diet" and she looked like a beautiul hot, healthy Mom in a short red dress with tiny horizonal pleats. (Nice bicep pump for the cameras!)

* Suzanne Somers in Ina Soltani. Perhaps because she is forever Chrissy in our minds, Somers at 64 can get away with a girlish, short skirt and look like a knock-out.

The audience -- including model Camila Alves husand Matthew McConaughey, Johnny Weir and "The Fashion Show" winner Jeffrey Williams -- cheered them all.

Love the dresses? You can buy them at during a fund-raising auction at www.clothesoffourback.org through March 4.

See the gallery below for more celeb looks.