I was recently asked as to why I, a fashion blogger, was so passionately sharing political links through my personal Facebook profile. What caused this sudden interest in politics? Was it the passionate TV debates or was I looking to change my professional leanings? Here, I gladly pronounce NOTA (pun intended). Though politics may not be my cup of tea, politicians do make for fashion icons. And there, the cat is out of the bag!
FMW has covered politicians in the past. I was personally impressed by Hina Rabbani choices when she visited India and popularized the Berkin. I also like the way Priyanka Gandhi carries herself with elegance and panache. Sadly, I can’t say the same for PM Modi. His name embroidered on his jacket was gimmicky but not stylish. Quoting the good ol’ Bard: What’s in a name Modiji? His Modi jacket is again similar to the Nehru Jacket.
In recent times, one politician’s style that caught my attention was CM Arvind Kejriwal. We have always described fashion an expression of one’s individuality. Here is where my attention was drawn towards Arvind comfy style. He followed some unspoken rules in the world of fashion i.e. Be Yourself. His sense of style caught so much attention that he started being called as the ‘Muffler Man’. Though we still feel that he needs to work on making his look clean and sharp. No ill-fitted shirts and he should get rid of his windowpane check shirts and opt for more solid coloured shirts.
Now this is what we call Signature Look! Acceptable or not acceptable by many in this age and time, one thing that we can ascertain is that the look is more unique and individualistic. We may see elements of this look emerge as a trend in the years to come. Just like the Gandhi-inspired eye frames.
By: Jeremy Cabral