Vanity Fair magazine, arbiter of the International Best Dressed List, has released its choices for the best dressed attendees at this year’s White House Correspondents’ Association dinner, held Saturday at the Washington Hilton. Only two DC residents made the cut: President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama. We know Washington is famous for being low on the fashion scale, but really, only two (and an obvious two) out of more than 2,000 dinner guests, most of them locals?
In fairness to the salaried media scribes and Hill and government wonks who are the dinner’s base, it’s not easy to match the big-bucks looks of actresses Lupita Nyong’o (in Oscar de la Renta) and Sofia Vergara (in Romona Keveza), to name two who made the list. Besides, there’s a good chance they were dressed by stylists in gowns that were made available courtesy of a design house.
A suggestion for Vanity Fair: If the publication returns next year to attend and cover the dinner, maybe level the playing field and have one list of out-of-towners and another of bona-fide Washingtonians.
Here’s who else made the list of WHCAD best dressed: Freida Pinto (Thakoon), AnnaSophia Robb, Ronan Farrow, Taylor Schilling (Zuhair Murad), Olivia Munn (J. Mendel), Katharine McPhee (Paule Ka), Tony Goldwyn (Brooks Brothers), and Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Antonio Berardi). The First Lady wore Marchesa.
1. Eres “Puzzle” one-piece, $415 at Sylene (4407 S. Park Ave., Chevy Chase; 301-654-4200)
2. Cat-eye sunglasses in dark tortoise, $175 at Tory Burch (1211 Wisconsin Ave., NW; 202-337-1410)
3. Blush Blends Sun-tastic SPF 45 protector, $50 at Blush Med Institute (4915 Cordell Ave., Bethesda; 301-312-6728)
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This article appears in the April 2014 issue of Washingtonian.