The clothes at the White House Correspondents' Dinner on Saturday weren't the most exciting cluster of dresses we've seen in our lives, but there were politicians and all kinds of important folk in the room so we can't expect a couture extravaganza. Even so, that doesn't mean the clothes don't warrant judgment. For there were some interesting pieces — like Barbara Walters's dress, which was the very same dress she wore to the Time 100 Gala on Tuesday last week. Ashton Kutcher wore a sad, floppy bowtie. Tyra Banks looked like she couldn't be bothered to change after work. And Natalie Portman wore a lovely fall 2004 Balenciaga number. See all those and more in the slideshow.
Demi couldn't have known her Versace dress would clash with the linoleum so. Ashton Kutcher might have looked in the mirror and figured out his bowtie looked like an ape tied it.
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Amy Poehler looks good in shiny things.
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Amber Tamblyn: Sister of the Traveling Ruffle. Awkward.
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Barbara Walters wore this very same frock to the Time 100 Gala last Tuesday. Sure, Michelle Obama will repeat a shirt or a sweater or a belt, but this takes shopping your closet to a whole new level. Ballsy move, Walters. We wonder if she sprang for the dry cleaning in between.
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Colin Firth and Livia Giuggioli
Unlike Ashton's, the original Mr. Darcy's bowtie poses no threat of eating his face off.
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It not only fits like Saran Wrap, it catches light like Saran Wrap. And we expect nothing less from the dear Donatella. Brava!
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Elizabeth Banks played it just about as safe as possible.
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Eva Longoria Parker
Eva Longoria Parker did not. We enjoy how her dress looks like it was made from fan coral, but what say you?
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Ed's eyes aren't squinty and his lips aren't pursed. What has he done with Chuck Bass?!
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Another plain blue conservative dress. Snooze.
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We adore Julia Louis-Dreyfus, but her dress could stand to look a bit less like a doily.
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Aw, Jason Wu looks adorable. He's come so far so fast!
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If layer cake were a dress, it would look like Kerry Washington's J. Mendel number.
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This dress is too symmetrical.
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Mariska Hargitay's dress looks like wet papier-mache.
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Rufus Humphrey was so cold he wore a scarf and facial hair.
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Modesty is always appreciated, but Natasha could (ahem) use a lift.
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Natalie Portman wore a fall 2004 Balenciaga. She might have shopped her closet, too! And she looks great!
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Dear Padma, slips are okay.
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How do you know Katie Couric's not going to work? The jewel-encrusted neckline, hello? Perhaps she scavenged that from one of Miley Cyrus's many encrusted gowns.
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Rachel Leigh Cook
The bodice on this is perfection, but the bottom half just hangs there like a shower-curtain liner.
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Sosie Ruth Bacon, Kevin Bacon, and Kyra Sedgwick
It's a family affair for the Bacons. Sosie Ruth looks appropriate for a 17-year-old. If only they'd coordinated their blacks.
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Did Tyra even change after work for this? We know she's busy, but come on.
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Thalia hid construction-paper flowers in the bottom of her dress. Perhaps in case she got bored and wanted to color. Maybe the purse holds crayons.
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Trudie Styler and Sting
And now presenting another awkward tie, brought to you by Sting. Trudie looked lovely in Versace.
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Wanda looks great, but she can't have the scrunchy pants and the shiny fabric. Preferably, less scrunch.
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We have a feeling Meghan McCain does well enough to buy fancy dresses at places other than Forever 21.