via press release:
Selita Ebanks and Mehcad Brooks Sexy it Up for this Year’s ‘RIP THE RUNWAY,’ Premiering Monday, March 21 at 10 P.M.*
Featuring Collections by Rachel Roy, Tennille White, LaQuan Smith, Man vs. Machine, Lila Nikole and Haitian Designer WISB with Performances by Wiz Khalifa, Keri Hilson, Fabolous, Lloyd, Melanie Fiona, Miguel and New Boyz
Special Appearances by Fashion Icon Lady Gaga and Style Diva Kimora Lee Simmons
NEW YORK, March 14, 2011 — BET’s annual fashion extravaganza, RIP THE RUNWAY returns with a stellar group of designers showcasing their exquisite collections to some of the hottest names in music. A carnival of music and fashion, this year’s RIP THE RUNWAY will feature collections from Rachel Roy, Tennille White, LaQuan Smith, Man vs. Machine, Lila Nikole, and Haitian designer WISB “Way It Should Be” Apparel, dynamic performances by musical heavyweights Wiz Khalifa, Keri Hilson, Fabolous, Lloyd, Melanie Fiona, Miguel and New Boyz, and special appearances by fashion icon Lady Gaga and style savant Kimora Lee Simmons. Hosted by sexy duo Selita Ebanks and Mehcad Brooks, RIP THE RUNWAY premieres Monday, March 21, 2011 at 10 p.m.*
BET has teamed with Cossette Productions, the famed producers of the GRAMMY(R) Awards and the record-setting BET AWARDS, to produce RIP THE RUNWAY. Stephen Hill, president of music programming and specials for BET Networks, along with Lynne Harris-Taylor, vice president of specials for BET Networks, will executive produce the telecast. RIP THE RUNWAY is celebrating its seventh year and its mission is to provide both men and women with the latest trends in fashion, swimwear, accessories and shoes.
Get a closer look at the models who walked the runway and check out the designers’ look books at the show’s official website, http://www.bet.com/riptherunway. After the show, users will be able to go to the website to see all the looks presented on the runway, watch exclusive behind-the-scenes footage with Miss Lawrence (“Real Housewives of Atlanta”), and use our exclusive interactive Shoe Zoom feature, which will give an up close view of the show’s fabulous footwear.
*All times are ET/PT.
About BET Networks
BET Networks, a subsidiary of Viacom Inc. (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), is the nation’s leading provider of quality entertainment, music, news and public affairs television programming for the African-American audience. The primary BET channel reaches more than 90 million households and can be seen in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, the United Kingdom and sub-Saharan Africa. BET is the dominant African-American consumer brand with a diverse group of business extensions: BET.com, a leading Internet destination for Black entertainment, music, culture, and news; CENTRIC, a 24-hour entertainment network targeting the 25- to 54-year-old African-American audience; BET Digital Networks – BET Gospel and BET Hip Hop, attractive alternatives for cutting-edge entertainment tastes; BET Home Entertainment, a collection of BET-branded offerings for the home environment including DVDs and video-on-demand; BET Event Productions, a full-scale event management and production company with festivals and live events spanning the globe; BET Mobile, which provides ringtones, games and video content for wireless devices; and BET International, which operates BET in the United Kingdom and oversees the extension of BET network programming for global distribution.