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  • D.C. makeover? Jennifer Lopez, Lindsay Lohan, more stars go conservative for inauguration

    2 posts, 2 voices, 580 views, started Jan 21, 2009

    Posted on Wednesday, January 21, 2009 by Christopher Hopkins


    • Aquamarine

      From the New York Daily News

      Korin Miller

      Incoming! Stars are streaming into Washington for the inauguration, but something looks a little ... off.

      Beyonce Knowles swapped her usual skintight leotards and bodysuits for a simple coat and leggings at Sunday’s “We Are One” inaugural concert. Jennifer Lopez dropped her flashy Golden Globes gown for a conservative, yet classic, strapless dress to attend the Latino Inaugural Gala.

      And a fresh-faced Lindsay Lohan pranced down the red carpet Sunday night at a Declare Yourself bash decked out in a demure (for her) T-shirt dress, simple ponytail and big smile.

      What’s with the conservative gear? They’ve been D.C.-ified!

      “D.C. has rarely been a city to take fashion risks,” explains Erin Hartigan, Washington, D.C., editor of “With our most famous and prominent women working as elected officials and diplomats, the status quo is skirt suits and pantyhose.”

      In a city where brains often take precendence over beauty, attention-grabbing fashion is usually viewed as a big no-no. And most stars have taken note.

      "The point is just not to be overly provocative and not overly sexual," "says style expert Christopher Hopkins, author of [Link Removed] 

      “We have a climate that doesn’t lend itself to too much glitz and too much cleavage,” he said.

      Those who dare venture outside the dress mold often have to deal with the fallout.  (Remember the big furor over Condoleezza Rice’s sexy spike-heeled boots? We thought so.)

      “When people are promoting a message in politics or ideologies, they don’t want to be upstaged by a fashion faux pas,” says Hartigan.

      Meanwhile Hopkins cites peer pressure as the reason for the geographically-influenced willingness to cover up.

      “Celebrities are just like everyone else - they generally want to dress for the fashion climate,” he says. “It’s a matter of being appropriate and not wanting to draw bad tabloid fodder.”

      D.C. may be conservative now, Hartigan says, but she has high hopes for the future thanks to the soon-to-be first lady’s campaign trail fashion.

      “Until Michelle Obama, Jackie Kennedy reigned as Washington's fashion icon,” she says, noting that Obama’s style “will likely inspire a renaissance of fashion here.”

      The lesson here?  Don’t lose that Golden Globes style, J. Lo. - it may come in handy for 2012.

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          Inakika wrote Jan 21, 2009
        • I also noticed how Beyonce was dressed when she performed at the We Are One concert. Hmmm, it was quite refreshing to me. I’m not against all the attention causing clothing, but sometimes it’s nice to see someone dressed simply.

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