Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius discussed health insurance reform last week. She wore magenta:
This is a lot of color for her. If you're not sure, give it the "attention" test. Where does your eye rest when you look at her? On her face, or down on her jacket? I see the jacket. The Secretary can wear saturated colors, but she does better when they are cool and more muted.
Look at this example, when she spoke at Hunter College recently on the H1N1 vaccine:
This cool blue/green color is much less distracting. It's not that we don't see the jacket, it's just that we don't focus on it. This is also a great example of how to wear color and still look winter-appropriate.