In the grand scheme of fashion events, the annual White House Correspondents’ Dinner doesn’t usually rank very high. There’s a red carpet and some lovely dresses and everything, but other than what First Lady Michelle Obama is wearing (and last year, what Donatella Versace wore), there usually isn’t a style story there. But that’s going to change this year, when some pretty big fashion names will take seats next to some of the most notable names in journalism.
For example, Glamour‘s editor-in-chief Cindi Lieve‘s table will be fairly glamorous — designer Rachel Roy will sit there alongside a number of other bold-faced names including Rashida Jones and Michelle Obama’s right-hand woman, Kristina Schake.
Imitation designer Tara Subkoff will have a seat at Time magazine’s table, next to Sen. Scott Brown and Steve Buscemi from Boardwalk Empire.
Meanwhile, Tina Brown‘s Newsweek tables (that’s plural, because Tina Brown gets what she wants) will play host to designer heavyweights Michael Kors and Diane von Furstenberg. Maybe they’ll talk about foreign strategy with former Secy. of State Colin Powell?
Or maybe they’ll be there because the administration — or the White House Press Corps — realize that fashion plays a huge role not only in the coverage of the first couple (both the president and first lady are members of the International Best Dressed List), but also in, you know, American industry. Which is refreshing and gratifying at the same time. Next year, we want Ralph Lauren and Donna Karan and Tracy Reese there, too.
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