The Best Dressed: the White House’s First Ladies

05 May 2010

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Aside from the fabulous tornado that was the Met Ball, there was another reason for the A-listers to put their glad rags to good use: the fancy White House Correspondents' Dinner. So what to wear when the US President requests the presence of your company? Drum roll please...

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Well Charlotte York would be proud. Amongst all the Hollywood types, who’d have thought it’d be Kristin Davis knocking our socks off? Her charming white silk gown is causing quite the style swoon in Grazia HQ – it’s fresh, elegant, classic, and the beaded embroidery elevates it to princess material. Indeed, it’s fit for a First Lady, Jackie O style. And get this – the dress is a 1969 Pierre Balmain Haute Couture gown. Vintage Balmain Couture? Three words our wardrobes can only dream of...

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Also channeling the bridal theme which dominated the Met Ball (last time we mention it, promise) was Ashley Judd who came out of hiding and glided onto the red carpet like a graceful swan. Now, we know what you’re thinking – is that a cockatoo a-top her head? But no it’s in fact a floral headdress of oversized orchids, which sounds ridiculous but amazingly, La Judd makes it work beautifully.  

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Would you go to the White House dressed like an Easter egg? We can’t say it’d be our first choice but Jessica Simpson clearly did when deciding to ditch the subtly and opt for a canary yellow number. Although the draping stretched across her ample bosom makes her look bulky, in all fairness, this Carolina Herrera frock is a great improvement on some of J.Simp’s recent outfits. Plus, when accessorized with a tan, she looks refreshingly spring-like, especially in comparison to the all blacks:

rosario dawson dolce gabbana

We must confess, Rosario Dawson doesn’t often get our fashion juices flowing but that’s not to say she doesn’t look darn fantastic, and of course, Grazia appreciates this. Here she is in a strapless Dolce & Gabbana gown, which is certainly sleek, absolutely polished, yet leaves a ‘bleugh’ aftertaste in its play-it-safe-ness. Perhaps she should’ve taken a cue from our next Best Dressed contender…

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Bravo! We'd like to congratulate Jessica Alba on her ability to transform from 1960s hippie to sophisticated vixen in a display of what we like to call effortless chameleon chic. After going all floaty on us in a Chloe maxi last week, Jess became White House-appropriate by upping the glam-factor in this exceptional Marios Schwab AW10 column gown. Her super-sleek up do ensures those sparkling Swarovski stones decorating the neckline take centre stage and top marks for the peplum skirt too, adding drama and even more definition to that teeny-tiny waist of hers. 

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Scarlett Johansson is many things, but at least boring is not one of them - as seen above. Leaving the coiffed bouffant aside, we very much like the romantic two-tone palette of her Miu Miu frock and those Prada heels are rather marvelous too, but we’re worried she looks like a bridesmaid dressed in napkins (not a good look for dinner with the President). There’s far too much material on the overskirt, which exaggerates her hips, and we don’t mean in a good way... What happened to the iron maiden we saw walking the red carpet last week? We feel let down.  

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Joining her co-star at the soiree was Cynthia Nixon looking iridescent in a Calvin Klein Resort number. That taupe tone is perfect for her colouring, while the sheen of the fabric and the off-the-shoulder style pulls it away from mature drab-dom. Oo, this is getting us in the mood for all those fashwan delights we know the cast will be rolling out come SATC promo time. Eeep!

gabourey sidibe

Oh Gabby, we love your new bangs! We love the bold blue of your gown! But where’s the glitz? We can’t believe we’re saying this, but more bling next time please Ms Sidibe!

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And who’s the most glam showbiz supporter of them all? Donatella Versace, of course! Managing to outshine even the tuxed-up tween Justin Bieber, our Donatella looked resplendent in this deep purple Atelier Versace SS10 floor-sweeper. We wouldn’t expect anything less.

by Jessica Vince


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