Giada De Laurentiis Makes Modeling Debut at New York Fashion Week: Stunning Picture

Celebrity Style Feb. 7, 2014 AT 7:10PM
Giada De Laurentiis Celebrity chef Giada De Laurentiis, wearing Carolina Herrera, walks the runway at Go Red For Women - The Heart Truth Red Dress Collection 2014 Show Made Possible By Macy's And SUBWAY Restaurants at The Theatre at Lincoln Center on February 6, 2014 in New York City. Credit: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

What's cookin, good lookin'? Giada De Laurentiis left the kitchen for the catwalk Thursday, Feb. 6 at New York Fashion Week's Heart Truth Dress Collection show.

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For her runway debut, the Food Network star and cookbook author, 43, rocked a bright red, short-sleeve floor-length gown by Carolina Herrera featuring a plunging neckline and large slit. The Italian-born beauty's brunette locks were neatly parted down the center and tumbled down in waves as she flashed her trademark smile before the crowd at Lincoln Center. (The celeb chef has a star-studded a background: she is the oldest daughter of actress Veronica De Laurentiis and actor Alex De Benedetti, and her grandparents were Italian movie star Silvana Mangano and famed producer Dino De Laurentiis.)

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"It's such an important message for women to hear," the mother of one told reporters before the American Heart Association-sponsored show. "It's something we all need to pay attention to and raise awareness for," she said of heart disease.

The popular cooking show host also gave fans an update on her nearly 6-year-old daughter Jade, who loves to cook -- just like her famous mom! "I think maybe she loves the stuff when we get to get a little messy," De Laurentiis said of cooking together with her little one.

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Other celebs who joined De Laurentiis on the runway included Real Housewives of Atlanta's NeNe Leakes, Kim Basinger and Alec Baldwin's daughter Ireland Baldwin, and singer Colbie Caillat.

An eyewitness on the red carpet tells Us Weekly the "Bubbly" crooner chatted with De Laurentiis for a while and told the celebrity chef she looked "incredible."

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