By Julie Parise, CBSNewYork.com
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Celebrities like Donald Trump, Chris Noth and Kiefer Sutherland were on hand at the Hammerstein Ballroom Tuesday night for the 9th annual Dressed To Kilt charity fashion show.
The yearly event, ranked one of the top 3 fashion shows in the world (right behind Victoria’s Secret annual runway extravaganza), is more of a party than anything else, as celebrities take to the runway donning, you guessed it – kilts and other Scottish apparel. Drinks flow while bands and performers take the stage, as well.
“Every year, it’s been getting more away from a runway show and more into talent,” event founder James Baron told CBSNewYork. “It’s fashion mixed in with performances.”
Proceeds from the event fund organizations like the Wounded Warrior Project and the Paralyzed Veterans of America, among others. This year’s show, themed ‘country chic,’ was attended by New York Giants players Ahmad Bradshaw and Danny Ware, and had celebs like Noth and Sutherland walking the runway before they bared their behinds to the audience.
Former American Idol contestant and country music star Kellie Pickler was named honorary chairman. A Dressed to Kilt regular, she told CBSNewYork what “country chic” meant to her.
“For me, as far as clothes go, I don’t care what’s in style or what’s hip or popular,” said the singer, who married her longtime boyfriend, songwriter Kyle Jacobs, on New Year’s Day. “It’s important to wear what you love and find things that compliment your body. The most important thing is that you’re happy first.”
Julie Parise is the features editor for CBSNewYork.com.