New mother Ivanka Trump

New mother Ivanka Trump leads the style set at star-studded New York charity gala
By Daisy Dumas

The New York glitterati was out in force at last night's 2011 New Yorkers for Children Fall Gala.

The high society charity bash saw Cipriani 42nd Street in Manhattan transformed into a stunning set for the evening of auctions, dinner and dancing.

Leading the pack on the red carpet was Ivanka Trump, who gave birth to baby Arabella Rose in July, looking as svelte as ever in a burgundy strapless gown and gold necklace.
New mother: Ivanka Trump stole the show at last night's New Yorkers for Children Fall Gala. Wearing a deep red gown, the mother of Arabella, born in July,
looked every part the red carpet queen

With her blonde hair pulled high up into a chic bun, the businesswoman and former model daughter of Donald Trump seemed as fresh-faced as could be in the sumptuous wine-red dress.

The 29-year-old's figure shows no signs of her recent pregnancy as she joined hundreds of other locals to honour the philanthropological work of NBA basketball player, Carmelo Anthony.

Joining the New York aristocracy was a toned Serena Williams, wearing deep blue. The figure-hugging dress left nothing to the imagination as to the 29-year-old tennis star's healthy build - her hair a bundle of tight corkscrew curls.

From one star of forearm shots to another, Wendi Murdoch, film producer and famously defensive wife of media tycoon, Rupert, shimmered in a nude, embellished Jason Wu gown, its tiny blue flowers and sparkling beads contrasting with her gold belt.
Strong women: Both known for their forearm shots, Wendi Deng, left, shimmered in Jason Wu while Serena Williams, right, looked shapely and fresh in a deep blue frock

The 42-year-old arrived at the charity function without her husband, who remains as the centre of phone-hacking allegations, in tow.

Resplendent in white were models Hilary Rhoda and Selita Ebanks, who both wore floor-length gowns showing their immaculate figures.

28-year-old Miss Ebanks, former Victoria's Secret model and 24-year-old Miss Rhoda, best known for her work for Estee Lauder, showed their support for the fund-raiser for foster children in New York City.

Miss Rhoda, who chose to wear a gown by St John, last night tweeted 'Great night xx' after the event, which celebrated the work of the New York Knicks' star player. Mr Anthony has raised millions for charity and at age 27, is listed as one of the celebrities who 'gives most back' by the Giving Back Fund.
Gala models: Hilary Rhoda, left, wearing St John and Selita Ebanks, right, both looked elegant in off-white dresses showing off their stunning figures

Food critic, novelist and former wife of Billy Joel, Katie Lee, 30, wore a spaghetti-strapped black asymmetric gown with glass beading.

Looking stunning in aqua and green was the statuesque Veronica Webb. The 46-year-old model and actress did not look a day over 30, teaming her gown with simple accessories that flattered the Vogue cover girl's figure.

In contrast to her unfussy chic were the highly patterned floral and ethnic-inspired gowns of Tinsley Mortimer and Ashley McDermott.

Looking ahead to one of the biggest trends in 2012, socialite Ms Mortimer, 35, wore a Seventies-esque pink and white wrap gown with draped sleeves, patterned with a bright riot of blooms.
Who's who: Food critic Katie Lee, and model Veronica Webb, at the charity Ball. At age 46, Ms Webb looked as toned and beautiful as ever in aqua and green
Patterned set: Tinsley Mortimer, left, and New Yorkers for Children board member, Ashley McDermott, both chose busy numbers to wear to the fundraiser

Mrs McDermott, philanthropist and producer, wore a busy blue and grey Indian-patterned dress.

Perhaps most notable of all, his towering stance giving him a perfect view over the proceedings, was star of the evening, Mr Anthony.

At 6 foot 8 inches, the Knicks player dwarfed TV host Bruce Beck as he channelled gentlemanly style in his trademark dapper tailoring and heavy-rimmed glasses.

Also looking sophisticated, if unamused, was film producer Jamie Johnson, heir to the Johnson and Johnson empire.
Basketball star: Carmelo Anthony, towered over presenter Bruce Beck, while Lauren Remington Platt sparkled in St John next to a stern-looking Jamie Johnson,
heir to the Johnson empire

The 31-year-old arrived alongside beauty business founder Lauren Remington Platt, 26, who shimmered in a sparkling off-white St John v-necked dress.

Board members of New Yorkers for Children include fashion designer and king of the red carpet Oscar de la Renta, Mrs McDermott and her husband Jeff and hairdresser businessman Frédéric Fekkai.

Since its inauguration in 1996, the foundation has raised millions of dollars to help support the city's 15,000 foster care children.