Denise Rich's Angel Ball benefits Gabrielle's Angel Foundation for Cancer Research, and 2009's, at Cipriani Wall Street, brought out Blake and Penn, Kathie and Hoda, Pat Field, Jennifer Hudson, Estelle...and some of the year's best looks! (Oh, plus Star Jones.)

Angelic Looks, Big Stars At Angel Ball

Star Jones: stretch velvet, a ruff, and matching shoes. Nuff said.


Angelic Looks, Big Stars At Angel Ball

Penn Badgley makes me wonder: which came first, the smug smirk or the smug banker's collar?


Angelic Looks, Big Stars At Angel Ball

Patricia Field, in Pat Field drag.


Angelic Looks, Big Stars At Angel Ball

Natalie Cole: a woman who can do justice to the mini trend.


Angelic Looks, Big Stars At Angel Ball

Perhaps my favorite of all red-carpet couples: Buzz and Lois Aldrin.


Angelic Looks, Big Stars At Angel Ball

Kathie Lee goes Grecian. It's really not her fault that I saw that documentary on sweatshops yesterday in which she figured so prominently.


Angelic Looks, Big Stars At Angel Ball

Jennifer Hudson matches high-sheen tights to a satin dress: bold. Verily, bold.


Angelic Looks, Big Stars At Angel Ball

Ivana Trump looks roguish - which is, I guess, really the only approach, under the circumstances.


Angelic Looks, Big Stars At Angel Ball

Hoda's frock is a touch dowdy, a touch wedding cake, and yet curiously flattering!


Angelic Looks, Big Stars At Angel Ball

Estelle, the hardest-working woman on the red carpet, was an early proponent of the neo-power-shoulder.


Angelic Looks, Big Stars At Angel Ball

Jeez Louise, when she's on, she is so on.


Angelic Looks, Big Stars At Angel Ball

I kind of respect that Beth Ostrosky has never, ever deviated from her Atlantic City good-time-gal aesthetic. The operative words are "kind of."


Angelic Looks, Big Stars At Angel Ball

Aren't you loving Bar Rafaeli's retro-fab shoulder-train?


Angelic Looks, Big Stars At Angel Ball

Alina Puscau's getup doesn't exactly suggest "cancer charity" to me, but that probably just reveals my gaucherie.


Angelic Looks, Big Stars At Angel Ball

Denise Rich takes full advantage of the maxim that she who organizes the fundraiser gets to wear whatever the hell she wants and no one can say anything.

[Images via WENN]