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President Bush best summed up the peculiar juxtaposition of celebrities, reporters and political officials at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner Saturday night: “Pamela Anderson and Mitt Romney in the same room?” Bush said during his speech. “Isn’t that one of the signs of the apocalypse?” Clearly not, but the random mix of celebrities included everyone from Anderson, Martha Stewart, The Jonas Brothers and Rob Lowe to pols such as former secretary of state Colin Powell, former House speaker Newt Gingrich and former Clinton campaign consultant Mark Penn.
But the most fashionable name in attendance was Donatella Versace, who joined Time Style & Design at the event along with her friend Rupert Everett.
Before dinner, Versace took in the scene at the Time People/CNN party, and met Meghan McCain, daughter of Sen. John McCain, who attended the dinner with People magazine and planned to write about the event on her blog, McCainbloggette.com. “She’s got a great smile and good energy,” Versace said of the younger McCain.
After the dinner, the designer joined Time Style & Design editor Kate Betts, Time managing editor Rick Stengel and Washington bureau chief Jay Carney at the Bloomberg after party at the Costa Rican Embassy. Of the celebrities and Washington socials that packed the space, “I would like to meet Madeleine Albright,” Versace said, adding that, believe it or not, Albright was one politician she’d like to dress. “She’s such a beautiful person,” Versace said of the indomitable former secretary of state. “I love her.”
Attendees at the Correspondents’ Dinner also hopped to gatherings at the apartment of Vanity Fair’s Christopher Hitchens, and to Capitol File’s party at the Newseum, hosted by Craig Ferguson, who was the entertainer at the dinner this year, and Rosario Dawson.
For more information, see Monday’s issue of WWD.