This week, world leaders converged on New York for the 64th General Assembly at the United Nations. What a great opportunity to view fashion from 192 nations. Let’s take a look:
French President Nicolas Sarkozy. Suit, shirt, and tie all by wunderkind français, Philip Jacquard. Fine cut, trim lines, 100% merino wool, and meticulously hand-sewn. Very sharp. It’s no wonder this little man has snagged Carla Bruni to wear on his arm. Purrrrrr.
Finland President Tarja Halonen, looking like that HR woman down the hall. The one they send you to after you drink too much Finlandia at work, except that she’s missing the big silk scarf thing around her neck. I would have preferred something more exciting. Perhaps a Unikko print off-the-shoulder gown showing a little cleave? At the very least, get a Lumi handbag, honey. Next time, call Samu-Jussi Koski and tell him I sent you. You’re a beautiful Scandinavian woman. Show the world!
Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva is the President of Brazil, a country known for it’s fun-spirited ways, so why is this man wearing the same tie I saw in his 6th grade school portrait? There’s no passion in his outfit purchased off the rack at Nordstom. Try again, Inacio Lula da Silva.
United States President Barack Obama. Obama wears, um, JoS A Bank? It’s okay, I guess… for a Congressman. But I HOPE-d we had moved beyond that this year, Prez. Maybe he’s holding back to surprise us with something zippier at the G-20 in Pittsburgh this weekend. Still, New York is New York and Pittsburgh will always be Pittsburgh. Shoulda brought out the big guns, Obama. FAIL.
Paraguayan President Fernando Lugo Mendez. Who invited the priest?
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez. Ugh, just happy to see Mr. Portly Cowboy dressed for the city and not in those flow-y red shirts he prefers. Puh-leeze. Okay, the tie is red but that’s not so bad for a guy who accessorizes with his own book. At the UN General Assembly? Tut tut tut.
Next we have Libya’s Colonel Muammar Qaddafi. Seriously? Who dressed this man, the guy who didn’t get the Lady GaGa job for the VMA’s? Africa medallions haven’t been in since… well, since Qaddafi. You know, back when he was bombing civilian aircraft over Lockerbie. That was a long time ago and the Native Tongues collective wore them better. Back to the tent with you, Muammar.
Abdelaziz Bouteflika, President of Algeria. Algeria? That’s not even a country. Next!
Iran President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. What do we have here? No tie! Finally, a live one. Pahlavi suit, shirt open at the collar… me likey. Sure, Ahmadinejad is a Holocaust denier but I-Ran to see more of this fashionable world leader. Huh-huh-huh. Ladies and Gentlemen, we have our winner.