Starry, Starry Night
The White House Correspondents' Association Dinner on Saturday will bring a slew of stars from the worlds of Hollywood and sports to the ballroom at the Washington Hilton. Among those who plan to attend: actor Robert de Niro, singers Will.i.am and Brad Paisley, cornerback Richard Sherman of the Seattle Seahawks, and Olympic gold medalists Lindsey Vonn and Sage Kotsenburg.
Also in attendance will be Duck Dynasty star Willie Robertson and his wife, Kor-ie; singer Aretha Franklin; and, from the Academy Award-winning movie 12 Years a Slave, director Steve McQueen and actress Lupita Nyong'o. The casts of D.C.-centric shows Veep (including Julia Louis-Dreyfus) and Scandal will be there, along with Julianna Margulies of The Good Wife and Robin Wright of House of Cards. Other attending stars: Mindy Kaling of The Office; David McCallum of NCIS; and Rosario Dawson, Omar Epps, Jared Leto, Cynthia Nixon, Jessica Simpson, Sofia Vergara, Robin Wright, Minnie Driver, and Kyle McLachlan.
And — oh, yes — several governors, senators, representatives, and mayors. And some White House correspondents.
George E. Condon Jr.
There's a lot to get done in the days leading up to Saturday's dinner, and finding time to shop doesn't top many lists. While men's tuxedo rentals have long been standard, for women — who, unlike guys, can't just wear the same tux time and again — it's more difficult. But that's changing, as formal-wear rental shops for women go mainstream. As one such shop, Rent the Runway, confirmed, this is one of the busiest times of the year. Kate Sheppard, a senior environmental reporter at The Huffington Post, says she chose to go with Rent the Runway after tiring of wearing her junior-prom dress. It got her through the 2009 inauguration festivities, she says, but, alas, no longer fits. For Sujata Mitra, HuffPost's director of communications, it's all about avoiding the hassle of shopping. "Finding time to find a dress can be tough," says Mitra, who is now the mother of a 10-month-old. "In the past, I had a lot of time to go to the stores and try on dresses until I found the right one, but not so much this year!" Mitra opted to go with a Halston Heritage black cocktail dress. "Perfect to go from pre- to post-party." Anna Tuman, who works for National Journal's events team, says she's just one of five women on the team to use Rent the Runway's service. "There's something sort of magical about being able to wear designer clothes without having to spend designer prices," she says.