Why Didn’t Desirée Rogers and Valerie Jarrett Say Who They Wore to the White House Correspondents’ Dinner?

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White House Social Secretary Desirée Rogers and senior adviser Valerie Jarrett did not tell reporters who designed the dresses they wore to the White House Correspondents' dinner on Saturday. It's unclear why, but some speculate the White House told them to focus on things other than fashion after they appeared on magazine covers draped in expensive designer duds. (Rogers, mind you, also attended New York Fashion Week.) The Wall Street Journal's new magazine WSJ. recently ran a cover story on Rogers, in which they reported that a shot of her sitting in the First Lady's garden clad in an Oscar de la Renta dress was nixed for the cover. This could further explain de la Renta's seeming frustration with the absence of his clothes in the White House, where they have been worn so proudly by so many First Ladies before Obama took office.

But Rogers did enjoy a de la Renta moment on the cover of the current Capitol File. She appears in a short floral dress along with Jarrett in Max Mara. Meanwhile First Lady Michelle Obama chooses to encourage the press to focus on her clothes. Does the White House think the American public can only handle so many fashion philes in the White House? Because that is definitely not the case. We might lose our minds trying to keep track of all their outfits, and see them in our dreams (ours is a sick business), but sanity is overrated.

DINNER CONVERSATION [WWD]