Sarah Jessica Parker in printed dress

Sarah Jessica Parker wore an amazing dress to the party but it was her quirky accessory that got our attention...

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Sarah Jessica Parker is one of our all-time favourite style stars, and for good reason too. Never one to shy away from a fashionable challenge, she pulls off everything from clashing prints to endlessly spinning her boyfriend jeans like the pro she is. And her latest get-up is just as note-worthy. 

The 49-year-old Sex And The City actress (we can barely believe she's just shy of 50! What a beauty...) has clearly learnt a thing or two about accessorising while starring as the beloved Carrie Bradshaw in the hit TV series, and it looks like she put her knowledge to good use as she attended Gareth Pugh's Spring 2015 collection showcase at New York Fashion Week last night.

The style maven rocked up on the red carpet sporting a stunning blue printed dress complete with a floral silhouette and grid-like motif. While her frock was stunning - and her metallic heels and stacked jewels undoubtedly gave the ensemble some major style cred - it wasn't until she gave us a  twirl that the full impact of her outfit became clear... 

Ditching the box clutch - which has long-standing been a red carpet dressing staple - SJP opted for a sleek leather Chanel backpack to stash all of her night out essentials into. Yes, really... We wonder if she sneakily made sure her long ombre locks covered the chain straps of the backpack before her big reveal to make sure no-one would spot it early. Well, we wouldn't put it past someone so sartorially savvy.

Baring the quilted finish of the designer's classic shoulder-strap handbags but modelled in a somewhat casual rucksack shape, this bag has got the balance of high-end style with a street-style spin nailed. 

Toting a backpack on the red carpet would be a fashion-disaster for many other celebs but not Sarah, who has won us over time after time with her offbeat and sometimes very surprising outfit choices. 

SJP, you're an inspiration to us all. 

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By Maxine Eggenberger