09/13/2010 12:07 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Desiree Rogers Sits Front Row At Fashion Week To Watch Trends, Can't Hide Out In An Office (PHOTOS)

Former White House Social Secretary Desiree Rogers has always been a friend of fashion. She hit Fall/Winter Fashion Week in February 2009, sitting next to Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour at Carolina Herrera and Donna Karan. And she met up with Wintour again in June for the Oscar de la Renta resort show. This season, we've already spotted her at Calvin Klein for Fashion's Night Out and at Thakoon and DVF on Sunday. So what's Desiree doing in town?

"[My] major goal is to take a look at the trends and just see everything obviously and really to just kind of get to know the scene a little bit better," she told WWD. "We really are enlarging our space in Ebony in the fashion and beauty segments, so we really want to be current, we want to have the best stuff, we want to be a little edgy, so I've got to be here to see everything and meet everybody."

She added:

"Whether it's organizing events or creating a magazine or beauty product, you have to see what the trends are, you have to see what people are doing, you need to be around creative people to see what's happening on the front end. And so hiding out in an office to me was never a way to see everything, be able to represent what was happening in this country....Really being close to the artists is always important to me, even though I took big heat for it."

Check out Desiree (and what she was wearing!) at the Thakoon Spring 2011 fashion show on Sunday: