Stylist and TV commentator Phillip Bloch was talking up the first lady’s fashion sense at the Creative Coalition party. “I love Jason Wu,” he said, referring to the Parsons School of Design graduate who crafted her asymmetrical gown. (How proud must Tim Gunn be right now?)
Now how about that lemongrass-hued day dress? “I saw her yellow today as an homage to the troops. Like a yellow ribbon. Jackie O would be proud of Michelle O.”
If you want to see celebs, there’s no better place to be than the Creative Coalition Ball at the Harman Center for the Arts. The party, thrown by the nonprofit arts/entertainment advocacy group, drew names like Anne Hathaway, Ron Howard, Kate Walsh, Spike Lee, Susan Sarandon, Tim Robbins, Marcia Cross and USA TODAY correspondent Kerry Washington.
“We did a lot of walking today but somehow did not feel the cold,” reported Lipstick Jungle’s Kim Raver. “It’s been an amazing day.”
Where: Teatro Goldoni restaurant Who: Billy Baldwin, Josh Lucas, Susan Sarandon, Tim Robbins, Connie Britton, Spike Lee, Kerry Washington, Alan Cumming, Maura Tierney, Kim Raver, John Kerry Why: To welcome celebrity members of the Creative Coalition in town for the inauguration. Seen & heard: Robbins didn’t give his celebrity pals credit for getting Obama into office. “The celeb part is irrelevent here. Celebs have access, but it’s not a celeb thing. Millions of people made this happen, not celebrities,” he said. Topping his Obama wish list: “Once Obama gets past health care, I’d like to see arts programs back in schools.” Robbins’ partner, Sarandon, called this inauguration the “most accessible.” “The Obama girls are lovely and fun, and Michelle is strong, smart and courageous,” Sarandon said. Kim Raver said she hopes Obama can get the economy back on track. What else does she hope Obama has on his to-do list? “Hopefully bring the troops home. Bring unity to the country. Get our health care system accessible to everyone. More funding for arts in schools.” (USA TODAY, Jan. 20, page 3D)