So Long, Style?: The White House Loses a Woman Who Isn't Afraid to Be Stylish



THE ONGOING FALLOUT from Gatecrashgate — which I think we ought to rename Tackygate, because, frankly, that’s what the Salahis’ behavior was — continued this week when beleaguered White House Social Secretary Desiree Rogers, above, announced her resignation.

Rogers has been vilified for mingling with guests instead of manning the door when the Salahis dropped in uninvited to November’s state dinner — a criticism that strikes us as entirely unfair, but that’s another column for another day. What makes us saddest about Rogers’ departure is the blow it serves to D.C.‘s style scene — and to fashion-loving professional women everywhere.

Rogers’ arrival (along with her closet of Comme des Garcons, Halston and other hyper-stylish labels) was a breath of fresh flair in D.C.’s monotonous mix of ill-fitting suits and boring dresses. But more than that, she showed that a woman could be at the top of her field without having to hide her love of fashion. In a city where ambitious, professional women often feel they should dress to blend in, not stand out, it was a welcome change — and one we hope lingers, even after Rogers leaves.

Photo by Bill O’Leary/The Washington Post

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Stephen M. Deusner · March 2, 2010