Padma Lakshmi In J Mendel - 2014 amfAR New York Gala

Padma Lakshmi joined a bevy of beauties on the red carpet for the 2014 amfAR New York Gala held at Cipriani Wall Street on Wednesday (February 5) in New York City.

Wearing a striking backless J. Mendel Fall 2013 gown, the draped bodice is artfully slashed through the front to form the wraparound halter strap.

Opting for onyx drop earrings, she rounded out her look with kohl-rimmed eyes and a simple updo.

Less is more. I love that her beauty shines through here unaided by too many distracting trinkets.

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