White House Correspondents’ Dinner Red Carpet

Posted on April 30, 2012

Let’s DO THIS, bitches! Whore Prom is GO!


Alicia Keys in Diane von Furstenberg

It’s not bad, but it’s a bit casual and off-season. Sure, it’s been a bit chilly on the East Coast this week but this doesn’t look very late-April appropriate to us.


Anna Paquin in Hervé L. Leroux

Decent enough. Respectable.


Charlize Theron in Emilio Pucci

Girl does not look thrilled to be there. This is a gorgeous dress on her, but she should have worn her hair down to soften that neckline a bit. Also: showier earrings.


Claire Danes in Vivienne Westwood

It’s alright. A bit bridal. White’s not her color.


Dakota Fanning in Prada

For Dakota Fanning, this dress is in a loud, attention-grabbing, eye-searing color. For the rest of the world it’s “She doesn’t look sickly for once. I can’t tell under this light, but I think it’s blue.”

Also, the rest of the world winces at her horrible shoes.


Elizabeth Banks in Antonio Berardi

Pretty, polished, perfect.


Eva Longoria in Marchesa

This just looks done to us. Seen it.


Ivanka Trump in Naeem Khan

It’s awfully showy for the occasion, but we’ve gotta say, girl BROUGHT IT.


Kerry Washington in Calvin Klein

We kinda dig this for being chic but spartan.


Leslie Mann in Naeem Khan

That fabric goes back and forth between awesome and too much.


Lindsay Lohan

The dress looks a little cheap, but credit where it’s due; she’s at least giving the impression of trying to clean up her act.


Malin Akerman in vintage Odicini Couture

Not your size, honey.


Rashida Jones in Tory Burch

It’s not the most glamorous dress in the world, but it’s not helped by the wearer. She has a distinct talent for frumping down almost anything she wears.


Reese Witherspoon in Monique Lhuillier

The “pop of color” rule, inelegantly applied. They’re not awful, but this particular set of earrings would have popped better against a white or grey dress. It’s a bit harsh against a black. Love the dress, though. She’s pulling off that over-complicated neckline.


Rosario Dawson in Armani Privé

Not your size, honey.


Sofia Vergara in David Meister

It’s a little cartoon-y and doesn’t seem quite as formal as it should be, but we appreciate it for not being another skintight mermaid gown.


Viola Davis in Amsale

It’s a gorgeous dress and color, but she looks a little bit like a candlestick in it. A bit too stiff and structured on the bottom.


Zooey Deschanel in Oscar de la Renta

It’s sitting too low and the hem is obviously too long, but this is a really sweet, sophisticated dress which suits her to a T. If only it had been fitted to her.


[Photo Credit: Getty]

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  • Rashida, you beautiful tropical fish. How are you so, so pretty and adorable, yet make every hairstyle and dress look weird upon you?

    • Artesian_Belle

       This post is extra awesome if read with the voice of Leslie Knope.

      • charlotte

         Insert “Sweet, beautiful Ann”…

        • AudreysMom

          Best 3 threaded posts ever!

    • She really is gorgeous, but she can’t work the RC.

      • megohd

        She also just has terrible hair. 

        • Correction: I think she has great hair that she often styles terribly.

          • rashida you beautiful spinster

          • megohd

            My mileage varies — I don’t think I’ve ever seen her hair look good/stylish. I think she must have very thin hair and a high forehead she is trying to disguise.

    • I have a pet theory that all of the ex-SNL funny ladies (Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph, Kristen Wiig, Tina Fey) have the same stylist who is a delight to work with and competent but not stellar at their job.  It would make total sense–they are pals who would share recommendations, they spend more time in NYC than your standard celeb, and clearly none of them ever honed their red carpet styling skills while concentrating on becoming CRAZY GOD DAMNED FUNNY. 
      This outfit gets Rashida added to my list–it’s the exact kind of competent/appropriate look without being r eally great.

      • formerlyAnon

         This is a very plausible theory.

    • I think it’s those dang 1970’s bangs!

  • FashionShowAtLunch

    Sure, Zooey looks great.  But I cannot STAND the way she poses for pictures. 

    • VeryClaire

      I”m so over Zooey and her twee cuteness.

      • Ditto.  Dress looks like a puddle too.

        • Rrroza

          Yeah! Damn it. I think she’s talented but maybe not so smart? How can she not know this posing looks stupid?

    • PastryGoddess

      Seriously Zooey…enough

      Stand up straight and throw your shoulders back for 60 seconds, then you can go back to your dorkiness and tweeness away from the cameras.

    • dschubba

      Yeah. I literally let out an “oh god” when I got to her.

      You brought the cutesy and the wutsey. WE GET IT.

    • luciaphile

      I make under $50k and I can afford to have my clothes altered. How is it that these celebrities who don’t even pay for their clothes can’t afford to have someone do the same to theirs?

    • Agreed in general, but in this case it appears she’s clamping her arm to her side to keep that dress up. That doesn’t excuse the cocker-spaniel cocked head, though.

  • MK03

    We get it, Zooey. You’re “adorkable” and oh-so quirky. Please dial it down a bit.

  • I can’t with Zooey. Wtf is that pose. It simultaneously annoys and disgusts me. 

    • RebeccaKW

       Ugh, yes.  It’s such a little girl thing.  “Oh, look mommy let me wear lipstick!”  You are a grown woman, honey.  You can be sweet and quirky without acting 4 years old.

      • dschubba

        Even the gown is comically huge.

  • M

    Rosario Dawson…You are meeting THE PRESIDENT!  PUT. THEM. AWAY.

    • RebeccaKW

       I think they are trying to escape from that hideous dress.  Her body is rejecting the wearing of it.

    • Sobaika Mirza

      Maybe it’s the angle of that photo? Perhaps straight-on she didn’t look so boobular?

      Oh, who am I kidding? I love her but can’t deny she looks like a blow up doll.

    • amf0001

      I think they are new,  and she just wanted to make sure everyone noticed…
      sigh… some women get to a certain age and just go crazy!

      • M

        She is only 32, I am not sure I consider that “a certain age.”  That said, they are obviously just-out-of-the-box new!  They look SO FAKE… 

        • MilaXX

           I don’t think they are new, just pushed in that awful baby head way a few stylist have done recently.

          • emcat8

            They’re definitely not new — she’s been nekkid in a few movies and she definitely has her own rack. I just hate that baby head thing, too — it feels desperate or something.

        • prettybigkitty

          Man, she is only 32?!   I thought she was my age (10 years older).   She’s been 32 forever then, right?

          • lovelyivy

            No that sounds about right- I still remember her from Kids back in the day. 32 sounds right given that she was a teen playing a teen there.

        • AZU403

          In Hollywood, 32 is “mature”.

      • MissAnnieRN

        yeah, I never knew she had fake boobs, but they are certainly looking 100% plastic in this picture.  Which goes to show you – NEVER WEAR A DRESS WHERE THE CONVERSATION IS WHETHER OR NOT YOUR BOOBS ARE FAKE.  

        • formerlyAnon

           This has the ring of something that must become a truism, along with “boobs OR legs.”

        • VERY true. And especially not to a dinner where you will meet the PRESIDENT. (However hot he himself may be.) Re poster below regarding realness of said boobs: the issue isn’t whether the boobs are real or not, but the fact that her dress invites the discussion.

          • JDreesen

            to clarify, i agree with MissAnnieRN’s statement “never wear a dress where the conversation is whether or not your boobs are fake.”  i was simply replying to amf0001’s “i think they are new…” comment (that is, to say they are not new).

            so…i guess…i am guilty of discussing the enhancement discussion itself and not the inviting discussion…discussion.

            oh great, now my head hurts.

          • Even Sofia knew to put them away for this occasion.

      • JDreesen

        i have known Rosario since we were 15 and i can attest that she has always had a spectacular rack.  no new purchases necessary; i believe this photo representation to be a combination of placement and camera angle.

      • Warmheartedgirl Seattle

        That was my reaction also – did Rosario get new boobs?  You know, if Sofia Vergara looks classier than you do, that your boobs are hanging out WAAAAAY to much.

    • MaryMitch

      One need only go to the next picture – Sofia Vergara – to see how to dress the boobage.

      • 3boysful

         I’m so proud of her for toning it down.  It only looks a little cartoonish due to those platform kicks.

    • Lori

       I know this is small of me, but I can’t help it—there’s something comforting about seeing her look so incredibly terrible. If someone that attractive & rich can look that bad on an occasion when she knows she’s going to be photographed then I don’t feel so bad for how I sometimes look at the grocery store.

    • BeeBeauNYC

       It looks like her boobs are in pain!

    • YourBaloneyDontGotNoSecondName

      girl those are not your boobs.

    • Adriana_Paula

      That is, to the letter, what I was about to type.

    • Surprise! Lilo wasn’t the tackiest dresser. Rosario should have been turned away at the gate.

    • Pterodactyl111

      That’s what I said when I saw Ms. Trump. If you’re at an event with the PRESIDENT, then your clothes probably shouldn’t be TRANSPARENT.

  • Right? You just want to smack her. 

  • shirab

    Dakota should remember that in a long gown, the pee-pee pose just makes it look like your left and right foot switched places.

  • lucyloo222

    Dakota Fanning is standing in the “I need to take a wee” pose.  Under the long dress with just her feet barely sticking out it looks like her feet are on backwards.

  • lovelyivy

    I’mma need T and Lo to have a come to Jesus moment with Rosario Dawson’s style gays. WHAT IS GOING ON HERE?

  • buildmeatower

    Dear Zooey Deschanel:
    That head tilt thing you do is not as cute as you think it is. Also, it’s distracting me from your dress which appears to have washers glued to it.
    A bitter kitten

    • girliecue

      Oh, those are washers glued to the dress? Well that perfectly explains why her dress looks ready to fall off her boobs.

  • RebeccaKW

    How did Lindsay Lohan get invited to this?  Nothing against her, but wasn’t she sneaking into fashion shows just a couple of months ago?  

    I love Leslie Mann’s dress.  I don’t wish to ever speak of the abomination Rosario is wearing.

    • Sobaika Mirza

      I think Fox News invited her? Or that might have been Kim Kardashian.

      • lovelyivy

         Fox News invited both Lindsay Lohan and Kim Kardashian. Because that’s just about the right level of quality for them, isn’t it?

      • MissAnnieRN

        Yes, not just fox news, but Greta Van Sustern invited LiLo.  Which brings another question to mind – why are there celebrities at this thing anyway?  They aren’t White House Correspondents.  I don’t understand this tradition.  Or maybe I’m feeling especially bitter today because why are they more special than 85 regular people who could have been invited to this shindig?

    • LiLo and Kim Kardashian were invited as guests of FOX News. Who knows what the thinking behind it was. 

      • calimon

        I think I have an idea why, but I don’t want to get too political here.

    • She came as a guest of Fox News. Ew. Her and, I think, Kim Kardashian. Because apparently Fox News is “journalism” and they are “important, politically aware people.”

      • calimon

        Oh Brother, Fox News would invite them!

    • Greta Van Susterin invited Lindsay! She also inflicted Kim Kardashian upon the WHCD a couple of years ago. Also, my friend was there (she’s not a whore, just a reporter), and she had a picture of Mary J. Blige, just from the shoulders up. TLo, do you have one? I am dying to see what she wore.  

    • dschubba

      She doesn’t even go here.

  • pattyw

    I’m pretty sure Ivanka’s dress is a repeat of one Annette Bening wore to the Oscars in 2011. And yes, it’s killer. Did Reese and Anna get the same memo on appropriate maternity wear? They’re total doppelgangers.

    • Aha, I knew I recognized that dress!  It IS killer.

      • Ivanka looks like a goddess. She is such an incredible person in every way. I just wish she had a different father.

    • Yes, it is. Good eye : ) You can see it here: http://www.tomandlorenzo.com/2011/02/2011-oscars-red-carpet-part-1-2.html

    • Kayceed

      I love this dress. She looks like money. Which, given some of these other frocks, is not as obvious as it seems.

    • I was wondering about the maternity wear memo too! I wonder if the faint memory of Annette Bening wearing it is why I think it reads a little mature for Ivanka?

    • Yes. And for me, it’s still Annette’s dress. She looked gorgeous in it, and for Ivanka it’s a little too mature. 

  • butterflysunita

    I give Elizabeth Banks the win.  Stunning.
    Lindsay Lohan looks the best she has in a while, but is she the only one not wearing a designer?  Do designers not loan her clothes anymore?  

    • If you were a designer, would you want your wares coming back smelling of Camels and desperation?

      • Guessing you wouldn’t get them back at all.

        • 3boysful


    • Designer or not, at least some effort was made to fit the dress to Lindsay- there seems to be a slight line a few inches up from the hem indicating a hastily upturned and tacked hemline (I notice it because I’ve done it for people!) Drives me mad when such a huge effort is made to get celebrities into clothes and then they’re not even fitted *looks pointedly at Ms. Deschanel*

      • formerlyAnon

         Yes. YES. YES!!!!

        I always ponder who it reflects more poorly upon: whomever is in charge of the celebrity’s appearance (whether that’s themselves or more likely paid help) or the designers’ representatives.

  • HomeOfficeGirl

    I imagine Ivanka Trump always looking like this! 
    Rosario Dawson – WTF!!

  • BazoDee

    Ohh how do they let a dress as long as Zooey’s leave the room? I mean does she not think -wow – there is fabric puddled at my feet. 

    I love 
    Charlize -although I agree showier earrings.

    All other comments are spot on (as always)

  • HomeOfficeGirl

    Viola Davis – finally a hairstyle we can all live with.  So much better than the wig she was going with before the Oscars.  And, clearly she is more comfortable with some hair than none at all.  She looks beautiful.

  • HomeOfficeGirl

    Sorry, I think Lindsay is the one looking more than a little cartoon-y here.  Freak show.

    • Beardslee

      Yes, and it is so so sad. 

  • I completely agree with all of them… but why were Ivanka and Lilo there? Seems weird to me.

    • MilaXX

       It’s a very odd blend of celebs and new peeps every year.

  • Nicole Chubb

    Oh, Avery Jessup, I knew you wouldn’t disappoint!

  • Sofia Vergara-was going to Homecoming while everyone else was going to Prom. (though I too appreciate the lack of mermaidyness.)

  • NurseEllen

    Kerry Washington looks GREAT!  She’s the one who should have had the turquoise earrings.  I know I’ve seen Ivanka’s dress here before, and I thought it was a great dress then, and still think it now.  One thing I’ve never understood: if it’s the correspondents dinner, why are all these celebrities invited?

  • altalinda

    I’m astonished that the Obamas would want Lindsay L. on the guest list.  Maybe they have no say.

    • they have absolutely no say

    • Lilithcat

      The various news media who buy tables choose their own guests.

    • girliecue

      Greta Van Sustern (? Is there more to her last name?) invited LiLo. Then kept her cloistered in a small room and personally guarded her every moment until they absolutely, positively had to be seen in public.

      • formerlyAnon

        There’s something wrong with that woman (Greta).

      • formerlyAnon

        There’s something wrong with that woman (Greta).

  • Zooey’s dress is at least 6 inches too long. How did she even walk without tripping? And I’m sure it’s a loaner but they couldn’t do a quickie hem on it? Or realize that she’s much, much smaller than the original 5’11” model who wore it and get her something shorter? 

    • Maybe if she yanked it up over her boobs, there wouldn’t be so much puddled on the floor. Must be hell to walk in without tripping. I would be terrified that I would put a hell through the hem. 

  • howdoilook

    Poor Lindsay. Still looking dead in the eyes. I wish she’d get clean for real, but it’s probably too late for her career to be saved. My first thought on seeing her: “Who gave HER an invite?” 

    • LuluinLaLa

       Fox news invited her and Kim K as their guests.

  • after all the lovely pictures, all i can think is, “did someone put dakota fanning’s feet on backwards?”

    i’ll give you a moment to go look.

    • IAmJ

       Her legs are crossed under that gown.

    • MilaXX

      That totally made me think of the movie  “Best in Show”

      • mountainFashionista

         “No… I really DO have two left feet.” [nervously chuckles as camera pans down]

  • Zooey’s dress is ridiculous. Embarrassing. 

    Elizabeth Banks is best dressed by far. Ivanka looks fab too. Reese is 3rd. 

  • Zooey is just too much…I get a cavity looking at her.

  • amf0001

    I saw the a different photo of Lindsay Lohan and I swear I thought it was Kim Cattral with hair extensions.  That girl is doing weird things to her face!

  • Lilithcat

    RE:  Ivanka Trump – It’s awfully showy for the occasion

    It’s showing a whole lot more than I want to see.

    • I keep looking at that, thinking it’s totally see through and shaking my head telling myself, nah, it’s gotta be an illusion.

    • girliecue

      It’s showing a whole lot more than I’d want a huge roomful of leering bureaucrats, lascivious politicians and people who  don’t have a lot of uh… face time with women to see. Seriously Ivanka, take notes from Kerry Washington. She’s covered in heavy fabric from stem to stern.

  • SpcilK

    Ok, Alicia keys is at the wrong affair for that outfit and hairstyle. If she was out for a casual day of lunching and shopping she’d be cool. Elizabeth banks can tell all the other ladies to bow down! She looks fresh and elegant. Ivanka, pretty but you ain’t in Vegas judging one of daddy’s Miss America Pageant’s. Claire, Malin, Rashida, and Rosario pull it together. You’re familiar with these type of events. Dress like it ladies!

  • Whoever Elizabeth Banks pays to make her pretty should get a raise, she nails it almost every time.  Dakota Fanning, you have hair, do something with it besides part it down the middle.  

  • Pants_are_a_must

    It feels like a sad day in which I think Ivanka Trump is the best looking one of them all.

  • Rosario Dawson:  WARNING! Dress overload, impending. Imminent structural integrity collapse in 5, 4, 3, 2,…..

  • Lina_bee

    EBanks should keep her stylist FOREVER. Ivanka did totally bring it, but that dress is a bit sheer for the occasion, isn’t it?

    • MilaXX

       Pretty sure Ivanka’s dress had illusion lining

  • nannypoo

    Am I alone in thinking that this event has a very strange guest list? Does it include every famous person in the country? If you are famous and don’t get invited are you humiliated? Does the Kardashian mother really belong here?

    Anyway, that Ivanka Trump is a hot and fabulous creature and she chose the perfect dress for herself. Rosario Dawson’s boobs are hilarious. Whatever Lindsay Lohan (Lindsay Lohan!) has done to her lips needs to be undone immediately. And I am sad to say that I just cannot get behind Dakota Fanning and that jeweled dishrag that she chose to wear or her drab, sad makeup. Someone needs to help this girl.

  • Jessi03

    You know Dakota Fanning wants to rip Zoe’s dress off of her and run away.  

  • sagecreek

    Zooey, what’s with the headtilt? Are you TRYING to parody yourself?

    I liked La Witherspoon and her turquoise earrings. Different and striking.

  • Brigitte Todd

    Is this the only thread? No Kate Hudson?

  • jilly_d

    E-Banks FTW!  Love you girl!

  • marilyn

     Perfect:  Charlize, Sofia, Leslie, Kerry
    Okay-Rashida, Reece,

    Alicia-1980’s outfit for high school.  Too daytime for this event.
    Anna-her skin is to pale for the stark black dress.  A little (faux) tan would have improved it a lot.
    Claire-Dress too tight, and the neck line is messy.  Color does nothing for her.
    Dakota- Is cute.  Don’t care about shoes-she is young.
    Eva-Shoes too daytime.  Could be wacko evening shoes
    Ivanka-Dress makes her look old.  a 40+ year old should wear that dress.
    Lindsay-Dress too shiny.  Looks cheap.  Side boobage also makes it look cheap.
    Malin-Dress too short and tight.  Wrong shoes, they should be for evening.
    Rosario-Great color for her, but too tight.
    Viola-Great color for her, but bodice is weird.  From the way it is constructed, it looks like the boob area is falling off the dress.
    Zooey-Would be perfect if skirt was shorter.

  • Those seams on Charlize’s dress make me think it’s a long, elegant hoodie with a pouch pocket. What are those seams doing there? I don’t get it. 

    I think Sofia Vergara’s shoes are what’s making her look cartoonish. Other than that, I love the dress on her. Hell, she rarely looks anything but lovely. I love heels and even platforms but I’m at point where I just want these dumb extreme platforms to go away.

  • Viola!
    Take off that wig!

    What is with the Lohan lip?  Is she trying for Carol Lombard with the hair?

    Something about the way Charlize’s dress is lined bugs me just a little.

    Alicia Keys looks like she’s going to the Kids’ Choice awards.

    Kerry Washington can do no wrong.  Sometimes I like to think of her as a black American Tilda.

  • Everybody run home and take Elizabeth Banks lessons.  That’s how you bring it to the White House.

  • I thought Claire Danes was Nicolette Sheridan for a second.

    What the hell is up with Rosario Dawson boobs?

  • Dakota’s dress is gorgeous.  If she had only worn an updo and put on some makeup, she would have been stunning.

    • MilaXX

       she’d need to fix the hem as well. Ay least enough to cover the granny shoes.

      •  True, but my expectations are just so low for her.

  • Ivanka Trump is wearing Annette Bening’s Oscar dress. Sorry, girl – I love you – but Annette wore it best.

    • Judy_S

      I knew I’d seen that dress before! I kind of like that she wore something that isn’t unique or next season–like she was looking over what she had in her closet and decided she just felt like wearing that dress from last year.  With a pound or two of diamonds, just what it needs.

  • mjude

    TLO says: “Not your size, honey.”  that makes me laugh every time you use that line because its true.

  • mjude

    TLO says: “Not your size, honey.”  that makes me laugh every time you use that line because its true.

  • Rosario is about to explode! 

  • Rosario is about to explode! 

  • alyce1213

    You gave Lindsay Lohan “credit” for that trashy piece of shit gown with side boobage, too-deep cleavage, and wrinkling/construction issues??  Not to mention her LIPS and too-long ho-hair.  She’s a national embarrassment.

    Rosario Dawson should have been sent home.

    Kerry, Ivanka, Elizabeth, Dakota, and Charlize nailed it.  Reese and Anna P look nice. The rest, meh.

    • megohd

      I’m just glad LiLo’s hair somewhat resembles her original color. Or any color actually found in nature, compared to the style by Sun-In she has been sporting in the last few years. 

      • alyce1213

        True, the color’s much better now – she’s best as a redhead. But she really ought to do something with it from time to time, like for a formal occasion.

  • Oooooooh, bad day for Claire Danes.  Her face looks like Nicolette Sheridan here, who has got to be 15 years older than her. 

    I just can’t believe we would have the White House Correspondents’ Dinner post without a shot of Kate Hudson.  I’m assuming that will be a separate post, maybe a WERQ?

  • Maybe because it is Monday, but Reese looks like she is desperately holding in a fart. 

  • VicksieDo

    Rosario, did you think you’d upstage the FLOTUS to the POTUS?  No way honey, no way!!

    Zooey…hemmed that dress IS your dress, hands down.Viola looks sad.  You should have won that Oscar honey!  You and I know it~!
    Elizabeth Banks and Eva Longoria look great.
    Smile Dakota, this is a grown up event!!  Many would love to be there.
    The rest are MEH to NO from me.

  • Ugh I hate that Zooey “tee-hee, look at me, im so quirky and adorable, tee-hee” pose. Well…I just hate Zooey in general to be honest.

  • Wow, I. . . Rosario Dawson’s implants look super implant-y in that dress.  Not a good look.

  • Kayceed

    Ivanka and Kerry W. look stunning, in totally different ways, which I love. I’m intrigued by the Odicini dress – I’m wondering if part of the problem is that vintage, ankle-length cut? Lindsay L. looks like she is trying to pull a Jolie. The Zooey pose coupled with that way-too-long dress bothers me a bit – the “I’m just a little girl” schtick gets a bit weird after one is, oh, 12 or so.

  • DinaSews

    Not sure I agree about Charlize’s hair.  If she had let it down, it may have covered the neckline which, IMHO, would have rendered the dress a monotonous lace overlay.  Kudos to Dakota for improvement. 

  • Miss_Magpie

    re: Malin Ackerman.  THOSE SHOES!  Naked cloven hooves!  TERRIBLE WITH THAT DRESS!  (Guess the fit of the dress bothered y’all so much you didn’t make it there….shudder!)

  • MilaXX

     Alicia Keys – Girlfriend looks like she’s having a 70 ‘s moment. Love the hair, but she’s way under dressed.Anna Paquin – Kinda boring and compared to fellow preggo similarly dressed Reese looks a little sloppy.
    Charlize Theron – It’s just not accessorized well. hair and makeup are too severe.
    Claire Danes – Not her dress
    Dakota Fanning – Hair remains bland, granny shoes and weird hem.
    Elizabeth Banks – Spot on
    Eva Longoria – I appreciate her not wearing another mermaid gown with a super long train
    Ivanka Trump – WERQ’ing it
    Kerry Washington – Pretty. She seems to like these clean, simple looks.
    Leslie Mann – I don’t mind the dress, but she could have gone with a simple bag. A dress that colorful doesn’t need a pop of color bag.
    Lindsay Lohan – I just pity her. She looks like she balled that dress up in an overnight duffel and brought it to DC. It’s got wrinkles and snags all over it. On a positive note, her hair and makeup look pretty.
    Malin Akerman – Too small and the platform pumps aren’t helping.
    Rashida Jones – Not her dress and she really needs to lose the frumpy bangs.
    Reese Witherspoon – I like the look, earrings included.
    Rosario Dawson – baby heads, baby heads, baby heads.
    Sofia Vergara – I don;t like the platform pumps, but I think she was trying not to dress like a sex pot for a change.
    Viola Davis – I like the color but I think the sleeveless side should be just a bit higher over the boob.
    Zooey Deschanel  – Coal miners daughter and it’s sliding off her.

  • Isn’t Ivanka wearing the same gown as Annette Bening was at the 2011 oscars?

  • My first thought was that Zooey is wearing flats under the gown. (But did not for the fitting.)

  • Judy_J

    Rosario Dawson’s neckline really shows off the bolt-on boobs.  Not a good look.

  • Rosario, WTF. You’re fabulous. Don’t let this happen again!

    Lindsey’s face makes my face hurt. 

    Zoey is uber cute. Spot on with the rest of them, Uncle TLo!

  • I actually felt concern when I saw Lindsay Lohan. The makeup is so sloppy and the colors are so wrong…

    On the other hand, Viola Davis is looking great. Her dress read as pretty and polished to me as Elizabeth Banks’.

    And I admit to being partial to aqua, but I still thought it was a terrific choice for Reese Witherspoon. I always think of Julia Morgan when I see it (it was her favorite color as well, and she used it as an accent color throughout her architecture).

  • merciblahblah

    Leslie Mann is my favorite just because I LOVE that color and print on her, with Elizabeth Banks a CLOSE second. They are both perfection. Loves.

  • tallgirl1204

    I give Viola Davis a WERQ.  Dissenting opinion, I know.  Something about that shade of red against her skin just has me looking again and again. 

    • Judy_S

      I agree. A candlestick with a really bright candle in it. She looks gorgeous.

  • LesYeuxHiboux

    How coincidental that Judd Apatow’s wife wore a dress that shifts back and forth between “awesome” and “too much”. 

  • Julie Parr

    I can’t believe you didn’t show Carrie Brownstein. This was an event made for her!

  • GorgeousThings

    When I first saw that picture of Elizabeth Banks, I thought “Wow- Melanie Griffith had some really good work done!”

    And my reaction on seeing a lot of these people on the red carpet was, “What the hell is s/he doing at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner?” I have to admit, I’m really tired of seeing Hollywood types running like marathoners to the nearest drop of red rug. I wish they would just go away for a while. But then, what would we have to talk about?

  • kittenwithaquip

    My prayers were answered! After seeing the photos of the White House Correspondents’ Dinner red carpet this morning, I desperately wanted to see the TLo commentary. You were much nicer that I thought you would be! I was aghast at all of the too shiny/too short/too showy dresses. Perhaps I am old school, but side boob seems inappropriate when in the presence of POTUS. I also have a very strong urge to kick Zooey Deschanel for her insufferably twee pose, on top of her already insufferably twee EVERYTHING.

  • Calinda_L

    It looks like we’ve all been duped. That’s not the real Lindsay Lohan. Fox News clearly got a model to attend a just wear a LL mask commissioned by Madame Tussaud. There is no other possible way of explaining that face situation. 

  • It’s amazing what just a touch of color does for Ms. Fanning. Baby steps, lovey. Baby steps.

  • Anathema_Device

    Claire Danes and Rosario Dawson look the worst, in my opinion. The wrong dress in the wrong size is too much to overcome.

    My vote for the best of this batch goes to Ivanka. 

  • Anathema_Device

    Claire Danes and Rosario Dawson look the worst, in my opinion. The wrong dress in the wrong size is too much to overcome.

    My vote for the best of this batch goes to Ivanka. 

  • Call me Bee

    Kerry Washington FTW!!!  And Holy Baby-heads, Rosario!  Too much! 
    Dumb question:  Why are Hollywood types going to the White House Correspondent’s event?  Are they correspondents? 

  • Hate the neckline on Claire’s and Viola’s dresses. They look like extra unfitted fabric or something.

  • kimmeister

    I like Leslie Mann’s dress but . . . didn’t she used to have boobs?  Where’d they go?

  • Credit to Lindsay for trying, but she looks like a 45 year old woman who’s had a lot of work done.: utterly frozen and plastic.  I don’t know if it’s too much makeup, if she’s just been super hard on her skin with all the partying/drugs or if she hasn’t had a full night’s sleep in two weeks.

    Rasario’s dress makes my breasts wince.  They’re trying to escape through the center and it’s just not happening.

  • cheesebomb

    I want to grab that dress on Zooey at the top and just yank it up.

  • oh, god, Rosario. my breasts are angry just looking at what you’ve done with yours.

  • PERFECT review of Charlize Theron. spot on- she looks like she would rather be watching Lifetime. 

    Whats with the look on Reese Witherspoon’s face? Almost look like the wrong head on the wrong body, trying to hard? or….”Okay, who wants to play twister?!”

  • I think I love Naeem Khan

  • Beth G

    I don’t understand how any of these people are White House Corespondents.

  • Zooey’s hem is making me laugh.

  • SapphoPoet

    What was Rosario thinking? Doesn’t she have any mirrors in her house? 

  • lizajane1776

    Kerry  Washington wins it!

  • Allison Woods

    Ivanka, you rock it, girl.

    Lilo, I’m scared of you. As usual.

  • warontara

    Zooey’s “aw shucks ain’t I adorable” pose is making my eye twitch.

    • Laylalola

      That signature head tilt of hers is bordering on becoming as irritating as Taylor Swift’s signature shocked look.

  • kikisayshi

    Oh, poor poor Claire Danes. I love you so but you look like you came straight from Hollywood Boulevard.

  • FoxInSocks

    Rosario Dawson looks like she’s wearing saran wrap that someone’s having a hard time getting off her. Keep working at it; it looks like the front is ready to tear…

    I would never have recognized Lohan if you hadn’t labeled her. In fact, I’m still not convinced.

  • librarygrrl64

    WHY are ZD’s strapless dresses never sitting on her correctly?!? Someone needs a tailor.

    • PaulaBerman

       And some really good support garments.

      • librarygrrl64

        Seriously. You’re in your 30s now, Zooey. Underwire is your friend.

  • Warren221

     If we have need of a strong will in order to do
    good, it is still more necessary for us in order not to do evil.

  • Pennymac

    Elizabeth Banks, FTW. Honorable mention to Ivanka and Kerry Washington. Rosario, go home. That shit is horrid!

  • Scarlet39

    Maybe I should lighten up; it’s just fashion, but there is something incredibly disrespectful and lacking in taste in wearing a dress like RD did when meeting the President.   I’m sure she had no intention of being disrepsectful, but it’s certainly in bad taste.

    • KQ67

      Agreed. I think it’s tacky even for a Hollywood red carpet occasion.

  • Jessica O’Connell

    Whoa…Rosario…your boobs are WEEPING right now for what you’ve done to them. Also…who the hell invited Lindsay Lohan??

  • EEKstl

    Is Anna Paquin preggers?  Am I not up on my mindless gossip?

    • Lisa

      Yup, Anna is expecting.  I think they just announced it last week.  Reese is pregnant too, and farther along – I’m surprised she’s not showing yet in that dress.

      • PaulaBerman

         Does this mean we will have a “Sookie has a supernatural baby” storyline on True Blood?

  • SayWTH

    This is the White House CORRESPONDENT Dinner, right? What do singers, actresses and train wrecks (looking at you Lohan) have to do with White House Correspondence? Unless of course it is written by the National Enquirer and People Magazine. Oh, never mind. (said a la Emily Litella)

  • KQ67

    I freaking love Charlize Theron so it really pains me to say I thought she was Katherine Heigl for a moment. LiLo looks like Angelina Jolie’s OLDER sister. So many others look just awful or inappropriate. I think Elizabeth Banks (I don’t even know who she is) is the only one who not only looks fantastic but dressed appropriately for meeting the POTUS.

  • AuntieAnonny

     Rosario Dawson did what I expected LiLo to do.I’m in awe.

  • quiltrx

    Charlize’s dress is really beautiful.  Too bad she didn’t werq it from the neck up!

  • Elizabeth Banks and Ivanka Trump look gorgeous.

  • LambeeBaby

    Is Eva Longoria starring in Riverdance? What an odd outfit and pose for anyone other than the Riverdance cast.
    And Zooey Deschanel looks like she is having a medication reaction.

  • Lisa

    I took one look at Rosario Dawson and immediately forgot who I wanted to make fun of next.

  • inprovo

    I see Zooey’s neck is still broken.  Poor thing.

  • Linderella

    The only nice thing about Zooey’s dress is she makes it impossible to trash her shoes.  Though she could be wearing roller skates under that tent for all we know.  Disaster.

  • I h-a-t-e the dress Claire Danes chose. The sheen, the color, the neckline, everything. It’s hideous.

  • guest2visits

    The award for looking awesome inspite of bad camera angles, shots of ceilings, dowdy drapes, and all manner of folk in the shots
    goes to: Charlize, Claire, Elizabeth, Ivanka, Kerry, Reese, and maybe even Viola; if I could only see more of the dress.

  • bluerinse

    Lindsay Lohan seems to have asked for Kylie Minogue’s face at the plastic surgeons.

    • holdmewhileimnaked

      but her hair does look great. i wish i knew who her hairdresser is, he or she is standing up where everybody else is falling.

  • NurseEllen

    Oh, THANK YOU, ChiliP!  It was driving me crazy.  Bening looks a tad better in it, but I may be prejudiced, because I just like her so much as an actress.

    • ChiliP

      You’re welcome! I agree, it’s Annette’s dress to wear, although both ladies look stunning.

  • PaulaBerman

    You were WAY too nice to Zooey Deschanel. That dress is strictly Coal Miner’s Daughter. It needs to be hiked up 4″, and that over the shoulder hair is to barf. The cocked head makes me want to cold cock HER.

    Also, Rosario Dawson?  OUCH. That’s bad.

  • Candigirl1968

    I thought Lindsey looked a bit prom-ish.  
    And is Rosario trying to land a husband with all that boobage?!?  Good grief!
    Alicia Keys rarely manages to put a great, flattering, occasion appropriate outfit together.  This time is no exception.  

  • ccm800

    Rashida Jones and Maggie Gyllenhaul (sp? who cares?) should have a frump off. PS I hate that color on Viola. 

  • a_liking

    Rosario Dawson looks appallingly bad. Like, maybe it’s just the picture, but that dress is terrible.

  • J MN

    I enjoyed all the pictures, some people having better successes than others, obviously.  What I got a kick out of were the ladies with the name tags on at the tables in the back of a few shots.  I assume they are the check in registrars, they remind me of the ladies at my polling place for elections.  They are seemingly having a good time seeing all the celebs and fancy dresses and I’d love to have been nearby to hear their comments.    

  • formerlyAnon

    I wasn’t going to comment on anything but I simply cannot restrain myself:

    Ms. Deschanel!! Get people! Competent people whom you pay to care what you look like in public, if you’re too busy to bother!! There is NO EXCUSE for that hem. 

  • bluefish

    Happy to see Elizabeth Banks looking so elegant and snazzy.  Some really dreadful dresses in this bunch. The hem on Zoe’s dress is just  beyond strange — Did no one help her?

  • nancylee61

    Are they kidding with Deschanel’s gown?? What designer would allow one of his gowns to go out looking like that?? It is ridiculous!! How can she walk?? OUT!! And why are all these actresses at the Press Correspondent’s Dinner. Did Lohan win a Pulitzer for Best Expose or something?? Seems like a mismatch of event and people.

  • Claire Danes looks TERRIBLE!  With the red lip and limp hair, that asymmetrical neckline just looks disheveled, like this was her last stop on a night of Oscar parties during which she was drinking heavily to console herself after a painful loss. 

    And how did Lindsay Lohan get an invite? 

  • TieDye64

    Charlize Theron rarely seems to look thrilled to be…wherever. The dress is lovely, though. Malin Akerman and Rosario Dawson both look AWFUL.

  • How could they NOT Hem that Zoey gown? And Rosario Dawson’s breast implants look like preying mantis eyes. 

  • Sophie Collier

    Who the hell invited Lohan?  Huh.  LOVE Ivanka’s entire everything.  Girl knows how to dress!

  • CatherineRhodes

    Did Lindsay Lohan gate-crash this event?