‘An Affair of the Heart’ fashion show

The Women's Board of the American Heart Association hosted its 65th annual "An Affair of the Heart" fashion show and luncheon on Monday.
Darby Gingery, chair of the Women's Board of the American Heart Association's greater Washington region, spoke about the event's past successes. It generally raises more than $250,000 per year to fund research grants. Last year, the proceeds funded research grants for four local universities: Georgia Tech, Washington University, Johns Hopkins University and Virginia Commonwealth University.
Models strut down the catwalk during the fashion show. AHA hosts the event each February, American Heart month, along with other events to raise heart disease awareness, including "Wear Red Day."
First time participants, Bloomingdale's and the MaxMara brand, put on this year's fashion show at the Marriot Wardman Park Hotel.
The models donned pieces from MaxMara's spring line.
A model struts down the catwalk.
More than 1,000 attendees clothed in red watched the MaxMara models.
The models' outfits represented MaxMara's "elegant, sophisticated, understated and modern look," says Donald Ringuette, regional manager for Bloomingdale's. (WTOP/Alex Beall)
MaxMara designed the trench coats, jumpsuits and tuxedos in earth tones, blues and classic blacks and whites to emphasize the silhouette.
The brand experimented with "sport luxury" fashion statements, such as safari and Africa styles.
Models exhibit their Milan-inspired outfits, hair and make-up.
The spring line gives "all-time classic ‘cult' garments" a lighter, more feminine look.

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