The Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation and the WOW Wives group on Friday hosted the inaugural Redskins Runway Show at Bloomingdale's in Tyson's Corner, Va.
It was a night of fashion, football and fun Friday at Bloomingdale’s in Tyson’s Corner, Va., where the Washington Redskins and the WOW Wives group hosted their inaugural Runway Show to benefit the Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation.
“I love this,” said Tanya Snyder, wife of Redskins owner Dan Snyder. “It was so much fun. And in the name of charity, we got to play with fashion and feel great in the spirit of the team.”
The event was the brainchild of Kiersten Allen, wife of Redskins team President Bruce Allen, who partnered with Bloomingdale’s to help support the WRCF. Ten percent of all guest purchases Friday evening benefitted the Charitable Foundation to support various youth programs throughout the region.
“We like to dress up, we love the fall fashions, and it’s merging two great brands together,” Allen said of the event. “It was just a team behind the team trying to give back to the Charitable Foundation that’s so important in this area, because they reach so many kids every year.”
The exact number of kids reached by the WRCF each year is more than 150,000, event emcee Chris Cooley told the 300 or so attendees at Friday night’s event.
“It’s an amazing foundation that I’ve been so proud to work with for my entire career, and will continue to work with as long as I’m a part of the Washington Redskins,” he said. “They work so hard at what they do, and they care so much about what they do, so everything you buy tonight — and you’re going to buy a lot of stuff, I know you guys are — will go to support this, because guys, really, we’re here for the kids.”
Friday night’s Runway Show featured four “looks,” and included:
- “That 70s Show,” featuring quarterback
Robert Griffin III, defensive end Jason Hatcherand long snapper Nick Sundberg
- “Hopelessly Romantic,” featuring Snyder and Cooley
- “White And Camel,” featuring quarterback
Colt McCoyand cornerback DeAngelo Hall
- “Fade To Black,” featuring punter
Tress Way, alum Derrick Dockery, linebacker Ryan Kerrigan, fullback Darrel Youngand a second appearance by Snyder
McCoy — who walked the runway alongside his wife, Rachel — sported a tan trench coat, brown pants, a white button-down shirt and a tan plaid sweater.
It was a far cry from the Texan’s typical comfort zone that consists of boots and jeans, but McCoy was happy to do it for a good cause.
“I tell you what, man — I’m a jeans and boots guy, but it’s for the Redskins Charitable Foundation,” McCoy said with a smile. “I’m happy to dress up and do something for them. But outside of here, I’m going to stick to my jeans and boots.”
For Way, the decision to participate in the show was already made when his wife, Brianna, “came home one day and said, ‘Hey, we’re doing a fashion show.’”
“And I said, ‘Alright — give me some kisses later and we’ll call it even,’” Way said with a laugh. “My only goal is not to fall, not to embarrass myself. So I think I’ll have to give some ‘Blue Steel,’ Derek Zoolander looks. I’m a movie guy, so I picked up some things from ‘Zoolander.’ So we’ll see how it goes.”
Perhaps not surprisingly, Hall gave his look — a sharp-looking tan suit with a white shirt with a tan scarf — an "8 out of 10."
“I went with what the stylist gave me, but I think I pulled it off pretty well,” said Hall, who walked the runway with his wife, Jada. “I think I rocked the runway. Me and my wife — we killed it.”
It’s that exact attitude that put a huge smile on Snyder’s face Friday night. A former print, commercial and runway model herself, she said she felt very comfortable in her “old stomping grounds.”
“I get goosebumps,” she said. “I’m just proud of everybody. Everybody took their Friday nights and made a difference, so I’m proud of our players and everybody involved, too. Truly, everybody did a great job, and I think they all kind of surprised themselves, too.
“We made a difference charity-wise, we had a lot of fun and we played with a lot of fashion. So all in all it was a fantastic night.”