Dakota Fanning, Zooey Deschanel, and Ginnifer Goodwin attend the 2012 White House Correspondents Dinner.
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Every year, the White House Correspondents Dinner brings the worlds of politics and Hollywood together under one fashionable Washington D.C. roof to dine with (and enjoy a speech delivered by) the President of the United States of America. Witty barbs are tossed around the room from the evening’s designated host—who was Jimmy Kimmel this year—and everyone dresses up in their fanciest finery, aka black ties and gowns galore, usually of the more subdued variety. (Neon minidresses and/or jumpsuits made of wig hair should be saved for after-parties only.) This year, a bevy of beauties classed-up the evening in various shades of grey. Dakota Fanning and Zooey Deschanel both chose classic lady-gowns adorned in flowers, and Ginnifer Goodwin went for eco-friendly ruffles in the lightest, creamiest of grey.
Dakota’s ice grey Prada gown was very grown-up in length, arm-coverage, and with its beaded and sequined floral appliqués. Were it not for the plunging neckline and torso peep-hole, we might have decreed this a bit too matronly for the 18 year-old college freshman. It’s perfect for this event, though, and the blown-out, middle-parted ’70s hair and hippie sandals give the overall look a hint of laid-back modernity. Also, can we just point out that Dakota looks AMAZE with minimal makeup? New Girl’s Zooey Deschanel chose a silvery grey Oscar de la Renta gown covered in the sweetest white flowers. Paired with lined eyes, a playful side-pony, and the reddest of lips, we want to crown Zooey D queen of the Politics Prom™ in this elegantly classic look.
Ginnifer Goodwin kicked it up in a H&M gown (*gasp* WHAT?!) made of silk and organic cotton. Part of the company’s new Red Carpet Conscious Collection, the gown features a simple and structured bodice, black belt, and voluminous ruffled bottom that is both dramatic and completely gorge with her strong brows, matte crimson lips, and cutest of pixie haircuts. Geez, now we’re totally stumped on crowning our Political Prom Queen. All three of these looks are contenders! What say you?