Sarah Jessica Parker is pretty versatile when it comes to the red carpet, as she looks comfortable – and gorgeous – in both loud, eccentric pieces as well as more chic and subtle creations too.

For this year’s New York City Ballet Fall Gala, SJP went for the former option, as she walked the red carpet in a lavish, floor-sweeping embroidered Valentino Couture gown from the autumn/winter 2012 collection, with a fine waist belt nipping in her teeny tiny waist.

Sarah actually wore her dress with the matching cape, and although we admire her dedication to going all-out, we think it actually took something away from the intricate, delicate detailing of the dress so we’re glad she took it off for the actual event. Gwyneth Paltrow’s Tom Ford cape/dress combo at this year’s Oscars still reigns supreme as far as capes on the carpet are concerned.

SJP’s heavily lined eyes brought some drama and edge to the look, and the twisted, voluminous up-do was the perfect hairstyle to complement the dress. We think Valentino looks pretty pleased with Sarah’s look too, don’t you think?

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