The Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation and the WOW Wives group on Friday hosted the second annual Redskins Runway Show at Bloomingdale's in Tyson's Corner, Va.*
Redskins players gathered together backstage, sized each other’s outfits up and then, much like entering the field on game days, walked out under the bright lights, in front of fans, friends and family, and strutted their stuff.
For a couple of hours Friday night at Bloomingdale’s in Tysons Corner Center, the Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation and the WOW Wives group hosted their second annual Redskins Runway Show, presented by VA Spaces.
More than 40 models – a combination of Redskins players, coaches and front office personnel and their wives, girlfriends and family members – walked down the runway in front of a full house lining the narrow stage from front to end.
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 various youth programs throughout the region.
“It’s an exciting day for the Redskins Charitable Foundation,” Allen said. “I just have to hand it to all the wives, the team behind the team, that come out and encourage their husbands to walk. It’s really neat because it’s all for a good cause helping so many kids. I think the event was phenomenal. It’s just the personalities that make it so much fun.”
The exact number of kids reached by the WRCF each year is more than 150,000, and event emcee Chris Cooley made sure everyone in attendance was aware of the good cause they were supporting.
Friday night’s Runway Show featured five “looks,” and included:
- “Luxe & Leather,” featuring Tanya Snyder, Josh Norman, DeAngelo Hall and Julie Cousins
- “NFC Athleisure,” featuring Nick Sundberg, Vernon Davis and Nate Sudfeld
- “Animal Print,” featuring Pierre Garçon, Chris Cooley and Sherry Gruden
- “Romance,” featuring Colt McCoy and Dustin Hopkins
- *“Sparkle,” *featuring Chris Baker, Ricky Jean Francois and Ryan Kerrigan
Safety DeAngelo Hall, who gave his outfit a 7.5 out of 10, wore a leather jacket, washed out black pants and black shoes, complete with a top hat and two gold necklaces. Punter Tress Way followed suit with a leather jacket and Ray Ban glasses, embracing his slick look.
He encouraged quarterback Nate Sudfeld, who wore a burgundy jacket and camouflage pants, to ham it up for the camera at the end of his walk.
“I went into the line not knowing exactly what I wanted to do, looking into the camera. Then Tress said it was alright to look back at his girl so that was only because Tress gave me permission,” Sudfeld said. “It’s not something I would normally wear, but maybe I will now. I’ve gotten compliments and they did a great job.”
Cornerback Josh Norman helped start the proceedings, donning a leather jacket, and was followed by Tanya Snyder, wife of Redskins owner Dan Snyder, who was a natural as a former print, commercial and runway model herself.
“I’m better at playing ball than this,” Norman said. “But at the same time it was awesome. The first one to walk out there, you’re like gosh.”
Kicker Dustin Hopkins wore a team-coordinated ensemble, complete with burgundy pants and a tan overcoat, which Hopkins was keen on wearing out of the store.
“I was really impressed with some of the guys. Their stage presence, their fashion prowess,” Hopkins said. “I thought they did a good job. Sometimes when you go fashion forward it can be a little uncomfortable for a lay person like myself not in the fashion industry. But I think it was a good medium. I’m wearing really tight pants which I’m not accustomed to. They are Redskins colors which is a positive. I really like the coat. I might need to keep the coat.”
But it might have been tight end Vernon Davis who stole the show, entering the stage with an olive jacket and nothing but his oiled up abs underneath. He offered a simple explanation for how to achieve his confidence.
“You just have to do your abs, bench press, chest flies, and you’re good to go,” he said.