SHE’S BAAACK!: Donatella Versace is coming to Washington once again. For the second year in a row, the designer is going to the White House Correspondents Association dinner on May 1, this time as the guest of The Daily Beast’s Tina Brown. (Does this mean Brown will don a Versace gown?) Versace caused a stir last year when she joined Kate Betts and Time managing editor Richard Stengel at the event, where she met President Obama. Versace will be seated at The Daily Beast’s table next to Christopher Buckley, President Obama’s personal aide Reggie Love, Zoe Saldana of “Avatar” and Ben Silverman.
— Amy Wicks
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A WEARER AND AN INVESTOR: Oprah Winfrey, after seeing Michelle Obama wearing J. Crew, became an investor. “Full disclosure here: I went and bought some J. Crew stock, and that was a very good decision,” Oprah said during her television show Wednesday, when she interviewed Jenna Lyons, J. Crew’s executive creative director. Now Winfrey also gets turned on by J. Crew shoes, short of having a fetish. “I’m wearing J. Crew head-to-toe and the thing that excites me the most — I didn’t know you guys did shoes!” exclaimed Winfrey.
Lyons then imparted the rules of fashion she lives by, saying, “Jewelry is an important piece. Jewelry is something you can always make a statement with. The other thing is tomboy. If you are wearing something feminine, always borrow things from the boys, a little military blazer. And then opposites. If you are wearing tweed; it’s great to put it with sequins. I love pairing opposite textures. Don’t pair tweed with something fluffy or furry. Always go for opposites.”
— David Moin
FIRST IN LINE: Levi Strauss & Co. made sure it was one of the first apparel brands to take advantage of Facebook’s new Social Plugins. The system allows Levis.com to integrate with Facebook, allowing online shoppers who also use Facebook to tag products they like. The company is also in the process of building a “Friend Store,” allowing consumers logged into Facebook to see their friends’ favorite products. Facebook unveiled the plugins at the Facebook f8 conference on Wednesday. Other groups integrating with Facebook include The Washington Post, NHL.com and Kiva.org.
— Ross Tucker