Katy Perry In Giambattista Valli Couture – 2013 White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner

Katy Perry In Giambattista Valli Couture - 2013 White House Correspondents' Association Dinner

Katy Perry was on her best fashion behavior at last night’s White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner in Washington, D.C.

She wore a conservative (for her!) Giambattista Valli Fall 2012 Couture silk draped gown.

Recently embarking on a blue-infused ‘The Smurfs 2′ promo circuit, the chameleon-like songstress changed her colours with this moss-green dress, which was a gorgeous hue with her jet-black locks.

I barely recognized the stripped-down version of this design from its runway predecessor, so covered it was in an embarrassment of flora and fauna.

She did keep one element of Katy-like quirk in the look in homage to the runway’s theatrical forest—the branch-inspired bronze belt. But it only whispered of the dress’s original garden state.

I could actually see the more free-spirited fashion side of Katy wearing the butterfly headpiece, but I’m glad she didn’t on this occasion.

Even her makeup, a classic winged eye and pink lip, was on the subdued side.

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28.04.13

Olivia Munn In Marchesa – 2013 White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner

Olivia Munn In Marchesa - 2013 White House Correspondents' Association DinnerAfter bringing a shot of sunny yellow to the Time 100 Gala, Olivia Munn walked a darker line at the 2013 White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner, hosted last night at the Washington Hilton in Washington, D.C.

‘The Newsroom’ actress played her own political game here, appealing to two sides of fashion—the refined and the razzle-dazzle—with her Marchesa design.

On the one hand, this was just a simple black dress. On the other, the elaborately embellished bib collar brought a bolt of gleam to the otherwise plain-Jane gown.

With the waterfall of sparkle, Olivia didn’t need a glut of accessories.

She polished off the look with a Marchesa clutch and a simple drop earring, paired with a sleek top-knot and bronze glow.

Too much or just enough?

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28.04.13

Julie Bowen In Monique Lhuillier – 2013 White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner

Julie Bowen In Monique Lhuillier - 2013 White House Correspondents' Association Dinner

‘Modern Family’ star Julie Bowen was another guest on the who’s who list at last night’s White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner in Washington, D.C.

She wore a strapless dress from Monique Lhuillier’s Fall 2013 collection, which was steeped in red-carpet options. I’m just not sure this was one of my favourites.

With the chrome pebbled-brick pattern and high-low hemline, the overall effect felt a bit contrived and overly flashy, especially for this event.

The straight line of the sculpted bodice and the loosely hung silhouette also did no justice to Julie’s figure.

Plain black Rupert Sanderson pumps and Neil Lane jewels completed the look, along with an overly styled updo that managed to age this glowing actress. Perhaps if she had worn her hair down, it would have softened the edges here.

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Michelle Dockery In Elie Saab – 2013 White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner

Michelle Dockery In Elie Saab - 2013 White House Correspondents' Association

Michelle Dockery brought some British flair to the 2013 White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner at the Washington Hilton on Saturday night in Washington, D.C.

The ‘Downton Abbey’ actress showed us our highly anticipated second glance at Elie Saab’s Fall 2013 collection, after Jessica Biel debuted it at the Tiffany & Co. Blue Book Ball.

This violet-purple peplum gown with sheer chiffon inlay is another example of a sequin- and bead-free moment from the bling-loving designer. Not that the look was completely shine-free, as metallic bangles and a clutch played nicely with the sculpted belt.

Michelle wore the dress well, although this is a look that’s made for walking, as I missed the magic of the gown’s runway movement.

A glam updo and a hot-fuchsia glossed pout finished the story, although with this ultra-violet colour, I would have liked to have seen a slightly more neutral lippie.

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28.04.13

Claire Danes In Prada – 2013 White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner

Claire Danes In Prada - 2013 White House Correspondents' Association

‘Homeland’ star Claire Danes was a natural at last night’s 2013 White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner at the Washington Hilton in Washington, D.C.

After going wild for Lanvin at the Time 100 Gala last week, she somewhat returned to her more minimalistic style with this Prada column gown—not that it didn’t have its own measure of bling.

Perhaps the new mom was thinking of her little boy when she selected this baby-blue dress, which also featured cutaway sides and glittery sequin embellishment.

With the slightly precious hue and all that gleam, I’m glad she didn’t pile on bangles or, even worse, a necklace, choosing instead a simple pair of Forevermark diamond studs to accent her blonde wispy waves and petal-pink lippie.

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