If you took a quick jaunt through CBS’ pre-party to the WHCD last weekend, there was an assortment of journalists such as WJLA’s Steve Chaggaris, Mother Jones‘ Bureau chief David Corn, NPR Publicist Anna Christopher and Politico media writer Keach Hagey. The party, a shared space with The Atlantic/NJ, also brought NJ Publicist Taylor West to the festivities.
Back in the far left corner, we were told, was Sean Penn and David Byrne. At this point thankfully, Penn wasn’t putting his arms up in frustration when a stranger snapped his picture. But wandering back, we eyed the person most discussed at the party, and it wasn’t Penn, who was chatting away with his prom date, Corn. It was Lara Logan. Surrounded by female friends, she was seen laughing and seemed glad to be there. This was one day before her “60 Minutes” interview about her ordeal in Egypt was to air.
As masses of WHCD dinner guests flooded the Hilton’s basement hallways, a strange scene emerged. AOL-HuffPost’s Arianna Huffington stood above behind a railing, greeting partygoers as they past. Oprah Radio and BFF Gayle King walked by, noticed Arianna and quickly backtracked. Just then, Scarlett Johansson (her lips not attached to Sean Penn at the time) emerged down below. She walked straight up to Queen Arianna, who had donned a mustard/gold-colored Nanette Lepore frock, and got right in her face. “Arianna! Arianna! Arianna!” Johansson said as she grabbed onto the Editor-in-Chief’s face as she laughed.
Soon enough, Arianna, Gayle and Scarlett all merged together in a ‘just us girls’ scenario.
The above is a pretty dress worn by a journalist Saturday night to the Capitol File after party, so we’re not giving it a Fug. However, may we suggest a different bra? Perhaps a racerback style or clips that draw the straps together would pull this look together. Barring all that, calling WUSA’s Angie Goff! There is a bra in crisis and you may be the only one who can help!
The TIME-People party on Friday night at the St. Regis was jammed with members of the media with nearly all networks and publications represented. We spotted CNN’s Wolf Blitzer by the bar, NBC’s Norah O’Donnell by the couches, FNC’s Chris Wallace and wife, Lorraine chatting with ABC News Radio White House correspondent Ann Compton, who was all decked out in a long-sleeved, sparkly cream dress. TIME‘s Richard Stengel could be seen mingling with the likes of MSNBC’s Savannah Guthrie and actor Steve Buscemi. Asked by one scribe how he felt about being shot by mobster Tony Soprano, Buscemi said, “If you’re going to get shot, might as well be by Tony Soprano.” Partygoers whispered about Bristol Palin being in the mix. Though much discussed, guests didn’t approach her in droves. She mostly stuck to quiet spots with her aunt and avoided anyone who tried to interview her.
We finally met up with Gawker‘s Political Editor Jim Newell, who described his blazer/khaki ensemble as “country club casual.” He said WHCD weekend is “obnoxious” but didn’t see the damage of stars mingling with Washington types. “I don’t understand why it has become celebrified,” he said. “Why do they come to this nerdy insider’s banquet?” A reporter in atttendance who wasn’t allowed to bring a plus one complained, “These assholes won’t let me bring my wife!”
Guthrie took exception to the negative undertones. She said she was looking forward to the dinner. “It’s fun to see your colleagues,” she said. “I enjoy it and I’m not cynical about it.” She told me she was planning to wear a long, black Michael Kors dress. “Really boring,” she said, downplaying her gown.
By and large, the party was enjoyed, especially those gift bags that many lugged out.
NBCU Direct’s Janine Brady hit the MSNBC After Party red carpet on Saturday night to ask celebs and politicos who they think is the nation’s most influential journalist. Many of the answers are pretty amusing. CNN’s Eliot Spitzer tossed his endorsement to NBC and Brian Williams while SNL’s Bill Hader chose David Grann from the New Yorker. Not surprisingly, Sarah Palin nominated her pal and date to the WHCA Dinner, Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren. Watch the video below for the full lineup:
Stacks of bejeweled bangles. This duo sported a dozen between them at WHCA festivities this past weekend. One wore gold with mother of pearl and the other in smokey quartz and gold – all by jewelry designer Ippolita. Want more? See here. Clearly, we like these jewels.
We’ve already brought you photographic evidence of the eye-popping argyle pants that Politico‘s Patrick Gavin wore to Tammy Haddad‘s garden brunch on Saturday afternoon. Now we have former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin praising them. Please, no one else had better give him any more encouragement on this front.
The look: Screaming Guido. Must we see so much of this guy’s suntanned chest at what is supposed to be an upscale party hosted by Capitol File at the Ronald Reagan Building? A bit too Jersey Shore meets Miami Vice. The frayed T-shirt does nothing for us — a clear Fug.