Stumbling on the runway may be embarrassing, not to mention painful. But models and celebrities can rest assured that it happens to the best of them (literally -- even Lindsey Wixson and Carrie Bradshaw).
On Thursday night, Rose McGowan, Christie Brinkley and Minka Kelly became New York Fashion Week's first victims. Walking in flowing gowns for The Heart Truth's Red Dress Collection Fashion Show, the celebs got gussied up and hit the runway in designer looks: Christie in Pamella Rolland, Rose in Roberto Cavalli and Minka in Diane von Furstenberg.
The three, like the rest of the evening's "models," stepped out with big smiles and tons of energy. Christie strode out to the sound of ex-husband Billy Joel's "Uptown Girl" and promptly tripped, pitching forward but catching herself quickly. She kept walking with a smile -- she is a pro, after all. (Although backstage she told Women's Wear Daily, "I almost fell flat on my face!")
Same thing with Rose, whose skirt got her legs caught up. She confidently untangled herself, kicked her legs up for dramatic effect and proceeded to walk down the runway with lots of arm-waving and lip-pouting.
Luckily Minka Kelly was nearly flawless, taking only a step or two extra to avoid getting her feet wrapped up in her long, glittering hem.
The rest of the women -- including Aisha Tyler, Gloria Estefan, Chaka Khan, Patti Stanger, Rebecca Romijn, Cindi Leive and Debbie Phelps, Michael's mother (who stopped to give her son a kiss from the runway) -- all did fine, smiling up and down the white catwalk.
They were more gleeful than your average models, but it was hard not to be: the annual show, put on by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, is part of The Heart Truth campaign, which uses the red dress as the national symbol for women and heart disease awareness.
See a clip of Rose McGowan from the show as well as photos from all three stars' runway turns below (and see a video of the entire show here).