Fug File: White House Correspondents' Dinner

Nearly Well Played: Michelle Dockery in Cushnie et Ochs at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner

This is almost certainly an overstatement, but let’s run with it anyway: I feel as if I’ve almost never seen a dress that does Michelle Dockery’s chest the justice it deserves, and this is no exception. It’s not the worst, but it’s not a triumph either.

Michelle Dockery

Having said that: I do LIKE the dress, and she’s styled well in it. Plus, she’s smiling, and I’m not sure I’d be so self-possessed in her shoes. This is the first time she’s done a red carpet event since the tragic loss of her fiancé just before Christmas. So frankly, who the hell cares what this dress is doing to her chest, in light of what the universe did to it. I hope her heart is patching itself together again, and at least she’s still got Branson to hug when she needs him.

Allen Leech, Raven Symone

As soon as he’s done with Raven Symone, that is. Maybe she’s just trying to pitch him a YouTube show, That’s So Branson. Not gonna lie: I’m here for that.


Fugs or Fines or Fabs: Jaimie Alexander’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner Weekend

Well, none of it’s as interesting as that green Golden Globes gown, but we can’t have everything.

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Fug or Fab: Rachel McAdams at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner

Am I wrong to be this cranky about chokers?

Rachel McAdams

The dress itself is perfectly fine, and I love her crimson nails. But it’s chapping my furrow that she basically only accessorized this with a ribbon around her throat. The shaggy hair and the choker make me want to invoke Donna Martin. AGAIN. And listen, you know I love a good 90210 reference, but they lose their power after the 600th time.

Here is my ONE potential argument in favor of it: Does the dress need a hoik, secretly, and we just can’t tell because the choker is somehow tricking our eyes? Or am I just deranged today?

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Fugs and Fabs: The Scandal Cast at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner

… I like Kerry’s lipstick, at least? Never let it be said that I can’t find a positive.

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Fug or Fab: Priyanka Chopra in Zuhair Murad at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner

This may be a fallacy, but when I think of the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, I think “elegant” before I think “sexy.”

Priyanka Chopra

So regardless of how see-through this is or isn’t, the fact that it’s inviting us to ask the question right now feels like going on Jeopardy and blurting out answers in the form of sentences: It’s just not the time or place. Although for what it’s worth, even if she’d worn this to A Night With The Pussycat Dolls, I would want that skirt to disappear from this planet.

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Mostly Well Played: Gugu Mbatha-Raw in Lela Rose at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner

Honestly, this is such a minor nit, I almost feel like it’s not worth picking. But this site is nothing if not a place to be persnickety, and so:

Gugu Mbatha-Raw

That gown is majestic on her. The colors are rich and spectacular, and they fuse together into such an elegant pattern, and so I find myself wanting to take that piece of netting and yank on it like a magician pulling a tablecloth out from under the plates. It was there on the runway version, too, but somehow seeing it in the wild makes it look like it’s anticipating a note — as if Lela Rose thought, “Ooh, the Internets are ganging up on deep vees. Let’s just patch it.” Honestly Gugu looks amazing regardless, but I wish we could’ve seen it the other way. And yet, how many times out of ten does the magician tug the cloth and end up smashing dinner all over the floor? So maybe Lela knew what she was doing.

Oh, and in case you’re wondering if I’m still confused as HELL by Rodarte, the answer is yes:

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FUGTUS: Michelle Obama in Givenchy at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner

I am genuinely concerned that she wore this because she lost a bet to Prince Harry.

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