Monday, December 04, 2006

Reflected Glory?

The 2006 Kennedy Center honorees pose for a group photo with Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice at the State Department in Washington, Saturday, Dec. 2, 2006. From left to right are: Steven Spielberg, Zubin Mehta, Dolly Parton, Smokey Robinson, and Andrew Lloyd Webber, and Secretary of State Rice. Singers Dolly Parton and Smokey Robinson, film director Stephen Spielberg, composer Andrew Lloyd Webber and conductor Zubin Mehta are being celebrated by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts for their contributions to American culture. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
So fun-luvin', so stylish, so classy, and aging so gracefully! We just love her. And look! Condi was there, too!

16 comments:

guru-On-A-Soap-Box said...

"Andrew Lloyd Webber and conductor Zubin Mehta"

I'm just real dang sure Mehta felt right at home in THAT sentence. As always, I revel in the 'classless' society we call Amurika!

Kind of like Condi and Dolly together. But I really LIKE Dolly, I'm just afraid her face is going to slide off into her cleavage and tremble like a Blanc Mange (white mange, like scabies or someth'in).

Jess Wundrun said...

They put Andrew Lloyd Webber next to Condi because he, too, is used to spinning heartbreak and tragedy into Pure Gold!!!

Princess Sparkle Pony said...

Ha ha, Jess, great observation!

Muscati said...

WHAT is up with the fricking Kennedy Center Honors? Have we totally run out of truly astonishing old people? Has it come to the point that where once we had Martha Graham, Agnes de Mille, Leonard Bernstein, Lillian Gish, Aaron Copland (on and on), now we're reduced to... Stephen Spielberg? Don't even let me commence with that, um, shall we say -- BRITISH -- Lloyd Webber nonsense. Don't get me wrong -- Smokey is G*d, and Dolly transcends even that, and Zubin M. is the real deal, classics-wise -- but they're not exactly in their dotage and ready to shuffle off this mortal whatever. Why don't they just give next year's ribbon to Mrs. Federline and call the whole shebang off?

But on to the really important question: is that dress in fact made from the last remnant of the parlor drapes at Tara? And do you supose she actually thought to herself, "hmm, all this shuttle diplo-matching-armchair-photo travel recently has made my collarbones especially gaunt -- why not a portrait neckline to emphasize that?" I also note: No pearls (suprising), no up-do (good thing, on the whole), and, potentially, odd pose -- it's like she has her knees pressed together in the position one assumes when starting a particularly vivacious Charleston (a dance that not one of these honorees would remember, more's the pity).

Princess Sparkle Pony said...

I, too, was surprised she didn't sport the updo with that dress. Very thoughtful, thorough analysis, Muscati!

copperred said...

UGH, what is that horror of a dress she's wearing? It's not St. Patrick's gay cousin's coming out party. She just looks like Lea DeLaria in white chiffon.

Terry in Silver Spring said...

Have you all ever been in a store in the DC area when Condi wants to shop? Good Lord, the Secret Service descends, common folk are cleared out (whole store if it's a small place, just a department if it's a big place), so that Condi can peruse the merchandise. Sometimes she comes in at closing, which is a blessing. Then again, I'm not doing a lot of shopping at Harriet Kassman. It's sort of like Eurotrash meets aging preppy.

What's the point of all this? I think that sometimes Condi doesn't have much time in the stores, what with spinning the Bush disasters and waiting for the Secret Service to clear the stores. Poor dear ends up grabbing any old thing off the rack.

samael7 said...

Condi's just doing her best Marilyn pose. Picture a billowing white dress (in lieu of the shamrock-frock she's sporting) in an updraft.

And if you survive that image, laugh yourself silly.

I love how Dolly's medal is being sucked into the black hole of her cleavage. Poor dear had a breast reduction years ago, but STILL, her chest can warp gravity on a localized scale. LOVE HER!

samael7 said...

Wish I'd said "ShamFrock." Oh well.

sfmike said...

I'm a firm believet in the Power of Eclecticism and mixing up high and low culture, but the Kennedy Awards honorees have to be the weirdest melange of people every year imaginable, and this year's edition really takes the cake. Condi in that scary green dress is simply the icing on a very odd cake.

Anonymous said...

"Condi in that scary green dress is simply the icing on a very odd cake."

As a faithful PP reader, may I say, "thanks Mike for an astute comment."

Incidentally, in the Wash Pest's version of this pix Condi was not shown...

gregg said...

If I were a girl and had breasts, I wouldn't wear a "Look! Cleavage!" neckline to any event with Dolly Parton. There's just no need to compete with the master.

Terry in Silver Spring said...

Why is Condi hunching over in the photo? Is she trying to do that high fashion curve thing that most of the teen anorexics, uh, top models seem to be doing these days?

Lulu Maude said...

Well, Condi and Smokey have been put together, just a smidgen of apartheid there...

But on other, more important fronts, a simple string of crystal beads would help so much...

Anonymous said...

I've noticed the flat-chestedness of Condi before, but speaking as another flat as a board girl, putting her in a photo with Dolly is just cruel, though serves her right for advocating torture. Insto-karma!

Carlos Coyote said...

Terry,
I think Princess F. is trying not to tower over Smokey R., kind of like an awkward 14 year old w/ her shorter prom date.
Curtains from Tara gets my vote, Yuk!