Best & worst: White House dinner

THE GREAT: I absolutely love this Romona Keveza gown on Sofia Vergara - it's very va-va-voom, and ergo very her, but is more modern and fashion-forward than her usual red carpet gowns. I do wish she'd ditched that heavy choker though as the dress' assymetrical bodice is all the gild this get up needs.
THE GREAT: I absolutely love this Romona Keveza gown on Sofia Vergara - it's very va-va-voom, and ergo very her, but is more modern and fashion-forward than her usual red carpet gowns. I do wish she'd ditched that heavy choker though as the dress' assymetrical bodice is all the gild this get up needs.
THE GOOD: Polka dots + Lupita Nyong'o = a symphony of quirky style. This Oscar de La Renta gown would look bad on many - especially considering it's basically got a tulle cappuccino right in the middle - but I think Lupes totally owns it (she also really suits a pink lip).
THE GOOD: Polka dots + Lupita Nyong'o = a symphony of quirky style. This Oscar de La Renta gown would look bad on many - especially considering it's basically got a tulle cappuccino right in the middle - but I think Lupes totally owns it (she also really suits a pink lip).
THE GOOD: Olivia Munn pulls off this pattern-tastic J Mendel gown mostly because she's kept everything else so simple (oh, and because she's one of the world's most stunning humans). I like the halter neck on her and while I officially hate the brocade-meets-polka-dot-meets-panelling on the dress, she works it, and the fact that it's pale pink means it doesn't overwhelm.
THE GOOD: Olivia Munn pulls off this pattern-tastic J Mendel gown mostly because she's kept everything else so simple (oh, and because she's one of the world's most stunning humans). I like the halter neck on her and while I officially hate the brocade-meets-polka-dot-meets-panelling on the dress, she works it, and the fact that it's pale pink means it doesn't overwhelm.
THE GOOD: OMFG, Uzo Aduba, aka Crazy Eyes in Orange Is The New Black, continues to blow me away with how glam she can look when not dressed in a beige prison get up and babbling in Shakespearian language with eyes that look like she's suffering from a terrible bout of hyperthyroidism. This mirrored black dress looks great on her (she's obviously figured out that a sweetheart neckline works on her and so is sticking with it), this sleek bob is super chic and that fuschia lip, bronze inner-eye wins makeup look of the night.
THE GOOD: OMFG, Uzo Aduba, aka Crazy Eyes in Orange Is The New Black, continues to blow me away with how glam she can look when not dressed in a beige prison get up and babbling in Shakespearian language with eyes that look like she's suffering from a terrible bout of hyperthyroidism. This mirrored black dress looks great on her (she's obviously figured out that a sweetheart neckline works on her and so is sticking with it), this sleek bob is super chic and that fuschia lip, bronze inner-eye wins makeup look of the night.
THE GREAT: Not even side boob can't put me off this Thakoon gown on Freida Pinto. That colour just sings on her and her simple hair and makeup works perfectly. This is a look that would have worked 20 years ago and will work in 20 years.
THE GREAT: Not even side boob can't put me off this Thakoon gown on Freida Pinto. That colour just sings on her and her simple hair and makeup works perfectly. This is a look that would have worked 20 years ago and will work in 20 years.
THE WORST: I don't know who designed it - no one wants to fess up obviously - but this dress on US snowboarder Jamie Anderson is the least flattering thing I've ever seen. The gorgeous Olympian has a great figure and can rock a red carpet gown but this nude monstrosity makes it look like someone has Photoshopped Matt Damon's chest onto her body (I had to seriously Google Image to make sure she wasn't suffering from some kind of terrible back injury that gave her a barrel chest, but no, it's just a terrible dress).
THE WORST: I don't know who designed it - no one wants to fess up obviously - but this dress on US snowboarder Jamie Anderson is the least flattering thing I've ever seen. The gorgeous Olympian has a great figure and can rock a red carpet gown but this nude monstrosity makes it look like someone has Photoshopped Matt Damon's chest onto her body (I had to seriously Google Image to make sure she wasn't suffering from some kind of terrible back injury that gave her a barrel chest, but no, it's just a terrible dress).
THE HMMM: While she was by no means the worst dressed Winter Olympian of the night, Lindsey Vonn's Oscar de la Renta gown just missed the mark ... it's verging on icecapades and for some reason the shape of it with the seam down the middle makes it look like an old eccentric Texas billionaire woman's house coat.
THE HMMM: While she was by no means the worst dressed Winter Olympian of the night, Lindsey Vonn's Oscar de la Renta gown just missed the mark ... it's verging on icecapades and for some reason the shape of it with the seam down the middle makes it look like an old eccentric Texas billionaire woman's house coat.
THE BAD: If this Ulyana Sergeenko gown was midnight blue and fuschia or something I think it might work on Rose McGowan in a boudoir kind of way, but the fact the bustier is the colour of granny undies makes it look like she's done an oopsy, stood on her dress and we're getting an eyeful of her nude strapless bra. AKA, not aspirational.
THE BAD: If this Ulyana Sergeenko gown was midnight blue and fuschia or something I think it might work on Rose McGowan in a boudoir kind of way, but the fact the bustier is the colour of granny undies makes it look like she's done an oopsy, stood on her dress and we're getting an eyeful of her nude strapless bra. AKA, not aspirational.
THE ALMOST GREAT: This Carolina Herrera gown is perfectly lovely but Jessica Simpson's awkward skinny-arm pose (which she held in literally every photo) and the low-riding bodice means it's just a maybe for me.
THE ALMOST GREAT: This Carolina Herrera gown is perfectly lovely but Jessica Simpson's awkward skinny-arm pose (which she held in literally every photo) and the low-riding bodice means it's just a maybe for me.
THE GREAT: ALICIA FLORRICK! Red lips, diamonds and a simple black dress equal a winning combo, and the beautiful Julianna Margulies is the pinnacle of elegance in this vintage Jean Desses dress. (The fellow behind her is her real-life husband Keith Lieberthal, who is 10 years her junior - high five! - and an attorney. And hot.)
THE GREAT: ALICIA FLORRICK! Red lips, diamonds and a simple black dress equal a winning combo, and the beautiful Julianna Margulies is the pinnacle of elegance in this vintage Jean Desses dress. (The fellow behind her is her real-life husband Keith Lieberthal, who is 10 years her junior - high five! - and an attorney. And hot.)
A TOUCH FRUMPY: Kristen Bell has to actively try to look frumpy - she looked pretty dang amazing for a new mum in her nudey Allure shoot - and this D&G gown achieves just that. It's a super pretty colour but the bodice is a bit too long, and an extremely ruched, sheeny drop waist is never going to be a good look. (How many of you have already gone and googled Kristen Bell + Allure?)
A TOUCH FRUMPY: Kristen Bell has to actively try to look frumpy - she looked pretty dang amazing for a new mum in her nudey Allure shoot - and this D&G gown achieves just that. It's a super pretty colour but the bodice is a bit too long, and an extremely ruched, sheeny drop waist is never going to be a good look. (How many of you have already gone and googled Kristen Bell + Allure?)
THE GREAT: That HAIR ... so luscious ... ooh and Katie Lowes - aka Quinn Perkins on Scandal, a character that I really can't decide if I like or not - is also majorly 'werking' this bright red Mason dress. I think this is the best she's looked on the red carpet yet.
THE GREAT: That HAIR ... so luscious ... ooh and Katie Lowes - aka Quinn Perkins on Scandal, a character that I really can't decide if I like or not - is also majorly 'werking' this bright red Mason dress. I think this is the best she's looked on the red carpet yet.
THE GOOD: I don't normally like Taylor Schilling's red carpet looks, but for some reason I dig this navy Zuhair Murad gown (the sheeny arms don't photograph well, but they wouldn't have looked so arm-tights in real life). Navy suits her far better than black does, the lace on the dress breaks it up a bit, the draping is beautiful, her hair is so super cute and I adore that flash of sky blue in her eyeshadow.
THE GOOD: I don't normally like Taylor Schilling's red carpet looks, but for some reason I dig this navy Zuhair Murad gown (the sheeny arms don't photograph well, but they wouldn't have looked so arm-tights in real life). Navy suits her far better than black does, the lace on the dress breaks it up a bit, the draping is beautiful, her hair is so super cute and I adore that flash of sky blue in her eyeshadow.
THE BAD: I admire celebrities when they wrap up warm on the red carpet (there's nothing that breaks the illusion of glam more than seeing a celeb in a mini bandeau and then noticing the fans behind them all have ear muffs on and the A-lister must be doing their body some internal damage by exposing themselves to the extreme cold) but it is May and that's basically summer in the States. All that aside, this fur ball of a jacket is just plain ugly and even Linda Evangelista can't save it. It's like Elmo-meets-Night's-Watch. 'Elmo feels really ticklish ... but no, no, you can't touch me because my wife is the realm."
THE BAD: I admire celebrities when they wrap up warm on the red carpet (there's nothing that breaks the illusion of glam more than seeing a celeb in a mini bandeau and then noticing the fans behind them all have ear muffs on and the A-lister must be doing their body some internal damage by exposing themselves to the extreme cold) but it is May and that's basically summer in the States. All that aside, this fur ball of a jacket is just plain ugly and even Linda Evangelista can't save it. It's like Elmo-meets-Night's-Watch. 'Elmo feels really ticklish ... but no, no, you can't touch me because my wife is the realm."
THE GOOD: Irina Shayk makes a half-cape, half-jumpsuit sequin polka dot Versace number work. That's why she's a pro at this people.
THE GOOD: Irina Shayk makes a half-cape, half-jumpsuit sequin polka dot Versace number work. That's why she's a pro at this people.
THE I'M NOT SURE: My love for Diane Lane knows no bounds - she took WOLF BLITZER as her date, woman crush has just extended - and so I'm struggling to be objective about this, and while most have declared it a shiny, ugly mess there's something about the structure of the off-the-shoulder Roland Mouret that I love on the 49-year-old actress. What do you think?
THE I'M NOT SURE: My love for Diane Lane knows no bounds - she took WOLF BLITZER as her date, woman crush has just extended - and so I'm struggling to be objective about this, and while most have declared it a shiny, ugly mess there's something about the structure of the off-the-shoulder Roland Mouret that I love on the 49-year-old actress. What do you think?
THE A BIT 'SWAMPY': I like the sentiment behind Cynthia Nixon's digital rose print Tibi gown in that it's very 'her' - but I just wish it had a slightly lower neckline, or was knee length or at least sleeveless as it is currently just a bit headache inducing. (The colours of the print also evoke the tea cup I discovered sitting behind my work computer recently that had cultivated some really interesting cultures.)
THE A BIT 'SWAMPY': I like the sentiment behind Cynthia Nixon's digital rose print Tibi gown in that it's very 'her' - but I just wish it had a slightly lower neckline, or was knee length or at least sleeveless as it is currently just a bit headache inducing. (The colours of the print also evoke the tea cup I discovered sitting behind my work computer recently that had cultivated some really interesting cultures.)
THE FINE: Anne V is a beauteous supermodel and so of course she looks great in this Kaufmanfranco gown - it is her job to look good in clothes after all - however I fear this boob strait jacket effect may look horrendous on less genetically-Gattaca-esque humans.
THE FINE: Anne V is a beauteous supermodel and so of course she looks great in this Kaufmanfranco gown - it is her job to look good in clothes after all - however I fear this boob strait jacket effect may look horrendous on less genetically-Gattaca-esque humans.
GOOD DRESS, ODD ACCESSORY CHOICE: Katharine McPhee looks fresh, modern and oh-so pretty in this coral Paule Ka dress. The colour is divine (and her barely-there makeup works perfectly with it) and I love the length - the only thing I'm not 100 per cent on is the choice of ruby red accessories with the coral dress ... I love pink and red, but I'm not sold on coral and red in this context.
GOOD DRESS, ODD ACCESSORY CHOICE: Katharine McPhee looks fresh, modern and oh-so pretty in this coral Paule Ka dress. The colour is divine (and her barely-there makeup works perfectly with it) and I love the length - the only thing I'm not 100 per cent on is the choice of ruby red accessories with the coral dress ... I love pink and red, but I'm not sold on coral and red in this context.
THE ALMOST: Darby Stanchfield is in my top 10 red carpet style stars - she always looks so chic (I also love the big-collared coats she wears in Scandal) and this Alberta Ferretti is so close to being an absolute knock-out stunner... BUT ... for some reason the hemmed frilly front panel of material makes this borderline costumey - as in she's playing Poison Ivy in a Hallmark TV movie that wants to downplay any elements of evil in the character.
THE ALMOST: Darby Stanchfield is in my top 10 red carpet style stars - she always looks so chic (I also love the big-collared coats she wears in Scandal) and this Alberta Ferretti is so close to being an absolute knock-out stunner... BUT ... for some reason the hemmed frilly front panel of material makes this borderline costumey - as in she's playing Poison Ivy in a Hallmark TV movie that wants to downplay any elements of evil in the character.
THE FLORAL: The First Lady of television, Bellamy Young, wore a Romona Keveza gown that was cut in a way that made it look like the star was actually emerging from the petals of a rose. Beautiful but full on. Not everyone could wear this, but Bells makes it work ... just. Thoughts?
THE FLORAL: The First Lady of television, Bellamy Young, wore a Romona Keveza gown that was cut in a way that made it look like the star was actually emerging from the petals of a rose. Beautiful but full on. Not everyone could wear this, but Bells makes it work ... just. Thoughts?

The White House Correspondents' Association hosts an annual dinner that has come to be known as 'nerd prom' and red carpet-wise is basically the Oscars of Washington. 

Check out the best - Sofia Vergara, Lupita Nyong'o, Olivia Munn - and the worst - Winter Olympians really let the side down - looks from the 100th annual dinner in our gallery above. 

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