This Irresistible Paris Original...Okay, I can't resist reporting on this one.
Wednesday night at the Kennedy Center Awards, no less than THREE other women showed up in the same red Oscar De la Renta dress as First Lady Laura Bush. The color no doubt chosen for her party's red state affiliation.
Ever the gracious hostess, Mrs. Bush went upstairs to change in the middle of the evening to "take the heat off the other women" according to Letitia Baldridge, Jacqueline Kennedy's former chief of staff and White House social secretary. I have no idea who the other women are, but at least Laura can take comfort in the fact that she looked the best in it.
Had they really been thinking though, the four ladies might have emerged from their fashion faux pas gracefully by breaking into a chorus of "Paris Original," the musical number from How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. (Pictured below)Another notable faux pas of the evening took place during the portion of the awards honoring Dolly Parton when Jessica Simpson sang Parton's 1980 hit song "9 to 5" flubbing the lyrics and giving up in defeat before the end of the song. Even more gracious and generous than Mrs. Bush, Parton turned the situation around in a statement to People magazine saying:
The Kennedy Center Awards committee released a statement saying they plan to honor Ms. Simpson in the Spring of "when hell freezes over."
"Jessica is so talented that I'm sure that someday they will be paying tribute to her and I would be honored to perform for her, but I'll probably be so nervous that I'll forget my wig!"