Sarah Jessica Parker sparkles in pink

Sarah Jessica Parker

Sarah Jessica Parker walked the red carpet for the amfAR New York Gala in a hot pink strapless Maison Martin Margiela dress.

The event, held at Cipriani in Manhattan, served as the official start of New York Fashion Week last night.

The 47-year-old star looked gorgeous in the couture dress, which she teamed with a Maison Martin Margiela coat, Gianvito Rossi shoes, a Roger Vivier bag and Fred Leighton jewels.

Sarah Jessica had a key role during the night's proceedings as she took to the stage to honour her friend designer Kenneth Cole for his contribution to the fight against AIDS. After her gushing speech about her friend's 27 years as an AIDS activist, the actress presented Kenneth - who is also the chairman of the charity - with an award.

Sarah Jessica has recently teamed up with Kenneth on a design collaboration for the cause. The duo has created a collection of limited-edition handbags to support AIDS research. The first of the 20 pieces designed, a snakeskin clutch, was auctioned off at the event last night. The rest will make their runway debut at the Kenneth Cole Fashion show today, where spectators can bid on the coveted designs with 100 per cent of the profits going to the charity.

The Fall/Winter 13 Kenneth Cole show sees the designer return to the runway after a seven-year hiatus. He previously described the piece he and Sarah Jessica have collaborated on as "the ultimate women’s evening bag”.

Also in attendance at last night's star studded Gala was actress Ashley Greene, who looked white hot in a floor length Giambattista Valli gown and jewels.

Model and TV personality Heidi Klum was also one of the evening's honourees and looked stunning in her Michael Kors dress and Christian Louboutin heels.

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