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White House Correspondents' Dinner Fashion: Cold Shoulders, Hot Messes

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Over the weekend in Washington, DC, celebrities converged at the annual White House Correspondents ' Dinner, rubbing elbows with journalists and political types. What does one wear to hear President Obama make jokes about himself? Full-length gowns and bare shoulders.

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There were some sharp-dressed men in attendence: Psy, Downton Abbey's Dan Stevens, Scandal's Tony Goldwyn, Daniel Dae Kim. Humina humina for those last two.

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Black — always safe, elegant and classy — was one of the most popular colors for the ladies. Patricia Arquette's gown is a hot mess of a wreck — so busy, so tight, with sheer layers, sparkles AND ruffles — but Rebel Wilson looks fab if a little understated. (Maybe some large, dangling earrings would have been nice?)

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Sharon Stone stalked the red carpet in full Maleficient drag. Witchy and wonderful.

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Black with embellished necklines: Natalie Dormer, Olivia Munn.

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One of the best gowns of the evening is this graphic floral strapless number, worn beautifully by Kate Walsh.

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More shoulder-baring black: Romantic draping for Robin Wright; sheer layers and contrasty shoes for my girlcrush Morena Baccarin.

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Shonda Rhimes sparkled in lacy black; Kerry Washington got washed out by her black bodice and nude lips. Girl could use some color.

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Julie Bowen rocked black with gold shimmer. Tracy Morgan's fiancée Megan Wollover had sheer black with rosettes.

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Divine deep blue gown trimmed in velvet — and impressive jewel earrings — made Jessica Paré a stand-out. Arianna Huffington opted for leather and lace.

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Deep violet was flattering on both Julia Louis-Dreyfuss and Downton Abbey's Michelle Dockery.

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The bad news: Under the bright lights, the fabric of Connie Britton's gown looked cheap. The good news: The color brought out her eyes and her hair, as usual, is perfection. Meanwhile, although Sofia Vergara was spectacular in body-clinging sapphire, I want to yank out those earrings and give them to Rebel Wilson.

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Springy bright green? A flawless choice for Smash star Megan Hilty. Katy Perry also looked great in a gown fit for a garden nymph.

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Bold, fitted red suited Tracy Pollan (with Michael J. Fox) quite well. Soft, belted chiffon is timeless and elegant on Emily Mortimer. Alexandra Wentworth bared her shoulders, collarbones and leg.

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Feeling truly conflicted about this apricot gown on Elizabeth Banks. The halter neck with back ties is cool, but the fabric looks creased and pulled and weird.

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A+ to Sophia Bush and Amy Poehler for perfecting the light, luminous, formal-but-not-stiff look.

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On the wrong person, such a covered-up dress could be nun-like, but Kate Mara pulls it off, looking chic and French. Carol Alt went for a deep neckline in a gown that might be just a liiiiiiitle tight.

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Nice, nothing to write home about beige-y neutrals: Chrissy Teigen, Savannah Guthrie, Gabby Douglas.

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Textures, fur, statement necklace, signature bob: Anna Wintour, predictably poised, of course. Although I'm sick and tired of sheer/illusion/mesh, Hayden Panettiere's dress is lovely; the milkmaid braids frame her face and the bright lips light it up. Well done.

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Parting shots: Rebel and Gabby. Former Marie Claire editor and current Cosmopolitan editor Joanna Coles with Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Natalie Dormer. Basketball player Kevin Ware out and about after that horrifying injury. And finally, the Reverend Al Sharpton and Chris Matthews, showboating.

Images via AP.

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mecha_faux

What on earth is she doing there?? Can someone explain to me her social climb? I don't understand. She was so terribly annoying on G4.