Lighter Fare

by Nathan Hamm on 4/1/2004 · 1 comment

Here’s something not so depressing for you:

Karzai praised for fasion sense:

German fashion designer Wolfgang Joop has praised Hamid Karzai for his impeccable dress sense and says other world leaders could learn a style lesson or two from the elegant Afghan president.

“President Karzai is a shining example of how a man can maintain the role of a gentleman even while wearing the dress of his ancestors” Joop wrote in an article for Berlin’s Der Tagesspiegel newspaper on Thursday.

“Karzai has something that few men and even fewer political leaders have: aura,” Joop wrote, saying Karzai’s fashionable dress — a blue and green Afghan “chapan” cloak and lambskin hat — made him stand out against other leaders in dull dark suits.

If only you could hear me deliver these words in my fabulous effeminate German schtick.


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Arash April 2, 2004 at 9:11 pm

His “dress” is actually a multi-ethnic mix of clothes. The chapan is worn by Tajiks in the north; the hat is strictly worn in Kabul and the rest of his attire are from the Pashtun south. Even his clothes are a sign of unity!

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