Greatly missed on the red carpet for last month’s Met Gala, Zoe Saldana returned to the world of high fashion, attending the 2012 CFDA Fashion Awards in New York City last night.

Walking the red carpet alongside Prabal Gurung (in custom Antonio Azzuolo), Zoe showed off her slender figure in a slinky black gown with sheer panels from the designer’s Fall 2012 collection.

Zoe has the honour of being the first star to appear in this particular gown, and now that I’ve seen her, I cannot imagine anyone else doing it such justice.

The actress wisely chose to remove the shiny leather belt from the runway version, providing a sleeker, more romantic look.

Cartier jewels, slicked-back hair and smoky eye makeup are the perfect accents to this moody ensemble.

Zoe was the first celebrity to ever wear a Prabal Gurung dress and they continue to work so well together.

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