TIME Magazine has posted a top ten worst-dressed leaders' list and lord knows I read a lot of funny things on-line but this tops anything I have seen lately. Fittingly I have discovered it while struggling to find words to describe schandisimo portraits of bloody dictator Generalissimo Francisco Franco (oddly not featured in the list).
Safari Wear in the Hermit Kingdom
Iran's Members Only President
Given Iran's strict religious culture and the series of grim-faced, dourly dressed clerics that have been the face of the Islamic Republic since the 1979 revolution, one might expect more of the same from newly re-elected President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. But Ahmadinejad's relaxed, man-of-the-people approach to fashion has garnered almost as much attention as his hard-line politics.
Like most Iranians, the President does not wear a necktie — a rule that was set in place by Ayatullah Khomeini, who banned them for being decadent and un-Islamic and for contributing to the spread of Western culture. Instead, he opts for simple cotton shirts topped with his trademark, a $30 Chinese-made khaki windbreaker purchased from a Tehran bazaar. The windbreaker, commonly dubbed the Ahmadinejacket, is widely derided for its similarity to the Members Only jackets that were briefly popular in the West in the 1980s; still, it has become popular among supporters hoping to emulate the President's look.