New York Fashion Week kicked off Wednesday night with a women's parade called Salute the Runway. With dresses from different American designers who donated the suits, such as Tommy Hilfiguer, Calvin Klein, Donna Karan or Michael Kors, fourteen women exchanged military boots for heels to model different versions of the “little black dress”.
Army Sergeant Letrice Titus wore a Carmen Marc Valvo dress.
Many of the participants, both veterans and active, have served large areas of conflict, such as Captain of the Navy Leslie Nicole Smith, who lost her left leg and sight in Bosnia, and who opened the parade accompanied by her dressed guide dog by Joshua McKinley.
Before the show, the "models for a day" were advised by the mannequin Hilary Rhoda, were made up by Bobbi Brown and were visited by the legendary model Lauren Hutton.