The red carpet was rolled out in Washington on Tuesday night as President and First Lady Obama welcomed Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his wife Gursharan Kaur for their first official White House state dinner. Check out photos of state dinner guests as they arrived, and vote for who you thought was best-dressed! And read more about Michelle Obama's dress.
Pooler Nia-Malika Henderson of POLITICO offered some style superlatives:
Pooler stood patiently for two hours and saw State Dinner arrivals in booksellers area, and there was too much fabulousness to describe in detail here. So here are the greatest moments and a few broad details.
Lots of saris tonight (and probably one too many pantsuits according to some witnesses who will not be named here), and lots of people who didn't quite get the "stand here and pose" thing down.
Best Sari goes to Semonti Stephens who wore one of the dresses from her Spring wedding. A red number with gold jewelry from Calcutta.
Best Wardrobe malfunction goes to Bob Casey whose cumberband slithered from his waist to the floor.
Best Look goes to Speaker Nancy Pelosi who when Robin Givhan asked her "Is your gown Armani?"...Pelosi shot her a disapproving stare and rolled her eyes a bit--i.e. Pelosi to Givhan: Drop Dead. (No answer to Givhan's follow up question which was "What was that look?!")
Biggest Celebs: Steven Spielberg, Alfre Woodard and Blair Underwood (together but not an item). Also, fyi, some stars are shorter, more wrinkled, not as hot in person. Underwood. Hotter.
Honorable mention for biggest star: Gayle King, sans bff Oprah Winfrey.
Best Dressed Billionaire: Mayor Michael Bloomberg sporting red bow tie.
Best attempt at self-deprecation goes to NBC's Brian Williams who strolled in before movie mogul David Geffen, said "hello press," and then: "I grew up a busboy in New Jersey so I have to resist the urge to clean up."
Best random uttering about a guest: Oh my god, a real housewife! (See Real Housewives of DC for more info)....
Best shout out to colleague: Helene Cooper "Tom Friedman you better stop!"