'She can take HERS off!' Amy Childs forced to change after Tricia Penrose arrives at fashion show in same daring cutaway dress

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By Sarah Bull and Nadia Mendoza

Whoops! Amy Childs and Tricia Penrose arrived at the Pia Michi fashion show last night wearing the same leopard-print cutaway dress

It's one of the most awkward situations a female celebrity can find herself in - another famous face arriving at the same event in the same dress.

And that's exactly what happened to Amy Childs last night, as she arrived at the Pia Michi fashion show wearing the same daring leopard-print cutaway dress as former Heartbeat actress Tricia Penrose.

However, while Tricia was apparently urged to change her outfit, it was Amy who was eventually forced to swap, after the 41-year-old actress was allegedly overheard saying that she had 'been around longer than Amy'.

A source told MailOnline: 'Everyone told Tricia to take it off but she said, "I've been around longer than Amy. I was in Heartbeat for 18 years so she can take hers off!"

'So in the end Amy had to take hers off.'

After the embarrassing faux pas on the red carpet, Amy, 21, later emerged wearing a chic purple gown - a drastically different choice from Tricia's animal-print gown.

Happy enough: Amy looked in relatively good spirits on the red carpet with cousin Harry Derbidge before realising the fashion clash

Making a dash for it: After realising the error, Amy dashed off to change into a long purple gown

Amy was joined by her former TOWIE co-star, and cousin, Harry Derbidge at the Pia Michi launch party and catwalk show held at The Millennium Hotel in Grosvenor Square.

Earlier in the day, the pair had been rehearsing ahead of their Let's Dance For Comic Relief performance, which will kick off on Saturday night.

'She can change hers!' Former Heartbeat star Tricia is said to have refused to change her gown

She tweeted: 'Busy day today , rehearsing with @MrHarryDerbidge for #letsdancecomicrelief , then tonight @Piamichi party ...... ;)'

Also making an appearance at last night's event was former Celebrity Big Brother contestant Nicola McLean, who would have stolen the show in her daring low-cut gown if not for Amy and Tricia's fashion face-off.

Two ways to get noticed! Nicola McLean wore a plunging gown to the fashion show, held at the Millennium Hotel in London

One too many? Nicola larked about in trainers after spending hours inside the party

Posing with her hands on her hips, it was difficult to focus anywhere else other than her cleavage.

While Nicola's dress, a floor-length gown speckled with Dalmatian spots and peacock feathers, had a lot of colourful detail, all eyes were undoubtedly drawn to her chest where her pendant nuzzled.

After the party, Nicola tweeted: 'Great night thanks for having me loved loved loved the dress x'

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Whatever Amy can do, we can do! Jessica Wright and Harry Derbidge were seen leaving the event

Katie Price's protégée Amy Willerton, 19, also put in an appearance, busy on her quest to take over the reigns from her infamous mentor as red carpet queen.

Sky Sports presenter Charlotte Jackson showed her fellow female specimens that it's possible to look sexy, while still appearing demure.

Grecian goddess: Sky Sports presenter Charlotte Jackson looked graceful in floor-length white gown, while Lizzie Cundy wore a black and silver plunging dress

The blonde bombshell protected her modesty in a high-neck Grecian gown, instead flaunting a little flesh at the back.

Lizzie Cundy was in keeping with the theme, stepping out in a black sequin dress with a sheer upper bodice slashed to the navel, reminiscent of someone from a Hollywood casino.

Several ladies played it safe in all-black ensembles, with Vanessa Feltz and her daughter also opting for dark shades, alongside Daniella Westbrook and designer Pia Michi herself.

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Playing it safe: Designer Pia Michi and Daniella Westbrook stepped away from the limelight by opting for black

Flying the flag for the boys: Katie Price's good friends Phil Turner and Gary Cockerill posed arm in arm