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27/04/2015

At White House Correspondents’ Dinner, A Red Carpet Where Celebrities Are the Arm Candy

It may not have been the Oscars or the Grammys, but last night’sWhite House Correspondents Dinner, often referred to as nerd prom, had its own red carpet. Though instead of E!, viewers had to make do with C-Span and Bloomberg TV, with political reporters Mark Halperin and John Heilemann doing their best Ryan Seacrest and Guiliana Rancic imitations.

 

The duo gamely took on their roles, though the conversations could be awkward, with questions about drones and the upcoming presidential campaign alternating with the obligatory “who are you wearing?”

 

Of the two, Mr. Halperin seemed the most comfortable in his role of would-be Fashion Police panelist, telling the actress Laverne Cox (wearing Ines Di Santo) that he liked her Marchesa bag, and sharing with Ronan Farrow, who wore Dior, and Al Roker, in J. Crew, that he was dressed in Armani. “He lives in my building,” he added somewhat awkwardly.

 

 

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Mr. Heilemann seemed impressed by the shimmering gold Lanvin gown worn by Martha Stewart, but was stumped when Hannah David, a Sports Illustrated model, told him she was wearing Georges Chakra. “Is he famous?” Mr. Heilemann asked.

 

The Hollywood contingent acquitted itself well. The dresses on parade would not have been out of place at any Oscars telecast: Fancy, pretty, appropriate to the point of dull. Cecily Strong, the Saturday Night Live performer who hosted the evening, wore a purple floral gown by J. Mendel. Lucy Liu chose a beautifully beaded Naeem Khan. Jane Fonda’s sequined black column by Donna Karan came closest, with its cat-suit-like liquidity, to offering a whiff of something stronger.

 

But here, for a change, the celebrities are the arm candy, and the journalists and politicians, the stars. And for their star turns they dressed with stiff good taste if not aplomb. When asked the red-carpet question by Mr. Halperin, Gov. John R. Kasich of Ohio had to check. (The answer: Brooks Brothers, bought by his wife.) The biggest decision most men had to make was whether to take their black tuxes with notch or peak lapels. Some (Paul Pelosi, President Obama) jazzed it up with a rakish hint of pocket square. A few brave outliers (Joe Scarborough, Matt Bai) switched out the bowtie for a long tie. Few had the daring of the former mayor of New York Michael R. Bloomberg, in a resplendent lilac bowtie – but, then, bravery may be a billionaire’s privilege.

 

The women were a bit freer, with fewer of the much-reviled Beltway pantsuits in evidence than on an average day in the Capitol. The designer Zac Posen made a custom beaded gown for Michelle Obama at her seat at the table of honor (and roasting). Even Nancy Pelosi, the former speaker of the house, had thrown a long, flapperish strand of pearls over her dress. When Susan Rice arrived in modish Valentino (from the label’s dotty fall 2014 collection), Mr. Heilemann and Clyde Frazier, a guest talking head, were equal parts befuddlement and admiration.

 

“It’s very creative, I like it,” Mr. Frazier said. “It’s your own design?”

 

It was not, but it was enough to make her, in Mr. Heilemann’s opinion, a fashion icon.

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