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A Capital Good Time

| June 1, 2012 | Parties

Renttherunway.com, an online outfit that likens itself to a Netflix for dresses, sent nearly 2,000 cocktail and full-length gowns to Washington in the days preceding the outgrowth of the 2012 WHCD events. While it’s impossible to say exactly how many of those frocks were headed to those with coveted invitations in hand, there’s no problem dubbing it a record-breaking weekend for the dress-loan company. That’s to say nothing of the retail revival spurred by the purchase of new cocktail finery in Washington’s bricks and mortar stores. Equally record-breaking was the number—and in many cases, inappropriateness (we barely need to utter Lindsay Lohan and Kim Kardashian’s names for groans to ensue)—of celebrities. So much so, Tom Brokaw has now famously called the event “an exercise in simply hedonism,” adding to The Daily Beast’s Howard Kurtz, that he long stopped attending. Until his outspoken criticism, it isn’t clear anyone noticed—and even Brokaw admitted that he wanted to meet Charlize Theron, who attended wearing Pucci. Given the dinner’s shortage of seats for those who don’t also regularly attend the Oscars, the ante was upped for each outlying party. The VIP was the place to be for the IMPACT Arts + Film Fund, The Atlantic and National Joural’s basement bacchanale where Funny or Die’s best contribution was the talent.
The Google/Hollywood Reporter party allowed mortals and the multitudes of celebs to literally rub shoulders—it was that packed. Solange Knowles spun for NPR and Rosario Dawson plugged Voto Latino at her party and others the night before the big dinner. Leading Women in Media Dinner photography by Paul Morigi; Friday Night Spin photography by ohn rose; Voto Latino photography by Tony Brown; First Amendment photography Bytony Powell; Yahoo! and ABC Pre-Party photography by Tony Brown/imijphoto.com; Google/The Hollywood Reporter Party photography by Daniel Schwartz



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