DC Style: White House Correspondents' Dinner 2012

Monday, April 30, 2012

There's no event that brings the glitter of Hollywood to this city like the White House Correspondents' Dinner - otherwise lovingly referred to as "nerd prom." This year though, it didn't look so much like nerd prom as it did maybe train-wreck magnet with Lindsay Lohan and Kim Kardashian as some of the invitees. Yes, ladies & gentlemen, the message here is make a sex tape and/or go to jail for violating judge's orders and maybe you too can rub elbows with the President!

Anyway, on to more important things of the evening - like what the lovely ladies were wearing. Reese Witherspoon looked exactly like what one should when invited to a dinner hosted by the White House: she wore a demure black Monique Lhullier gown with elegant turquoise drop earrings for that pop of color.

Dakota Fanning wore an age-appropriate and pretty ice blue Prada that reminded me of Cinderella (in a good way!) though I wish she would've done something nicer with her hair rather than wear it down and messy. Even a front braid (with the rest worn down) would've been a nice option and would've still kept her looking youthful. Kate Hudson also made a great choice in a royal blue Jenny Packham, and her sleek high hair bun complemented the dress's boat neckline perfectly.

Eva Longoria chose to stand out from the crowd of long gowns in a short white Marchesa, which she rocked with black platform pumps that added a sharp (and great) contrast to the dress. And then there was statuesque Elle MacPherson in Romona Keveza - I can't see anyone wanting to follow her appearance on the red carpet!

The only dresses I wasn't a fan of were the ones on Rosario Dawson and Kim Kardashian. Rosario's revealed way too much decolletage for a White House dinner, and Kim's was just unflattering.

Take a look at some pics for yourself! And no, it's not just you... they are all indeed standing in the same I'm-a-Little-Teacup pose.

And how could we possibly post anything related to White House glamor and not discuss Mrs. Obama? I know everyone raves about her style, but it isn't without good reason. Sticking with one of the hot trends this season - prints - she chose a gorgeous, colorful Naeem Khan number, proving once again that she knows which designers she wears best. The only thing I didn't like was her choice of jewelry - the earrings were too casual for a formal dinner, and I wish she had worn a necklace (like these from Oscar de la Renta or Giles Brother), especially considering that the gown was strapless.

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