"Rice's coat and boots speak of sex and power -- such a volatile combination, and one that in political circles rarely leads to anything but scandal. When looking at the image of Rice in Wiesbaden, the mind searches for ways to put it all into context. It turns to fiction, to caricature. To shadowy daydreams. Dominatrix! It is as though sex and power can only co-exist in a fantasy. When a woman combines them in the real world, stubborn stereotypes have her power devolving into a form that is purely sexual."
"Rice challenges expectations and assumptions. There is undeniable authority in her long black jacket with its severe details and menacing silhouette. The darkness lends an air of mystery and foreboding. Black is the color of intellectualism, of abstinence, of penitence. If there is any symbolism to be gleaned from Rice's stark garments, it is that she is tough and focused enough for whatever task is at hand."
For heaven's sake won't someone, somewhere, please put the Washington Post
out of its misery? Either that or retire this writer, Robin Givhan
, to the Sunshine Home For Has-been Hacks, where she can suck up her Condi-koolaid in peace and quiet?
Call yourself a fashion editor, Ms Givhan? Your slip is showing... and have you never read about decent foundation garments?
No wonder all those Washington women look like spray-glossed ragbags if they take your advice. Oh, and shell-pink, howver fashionable, is so not your colour.