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Political couture


Sam Roggeveen


9 May 2008 13:00

My reaction to the Putin-Medvedev photo Michael blogs about was quite different. Medvedev's short overcoat was certainly a pretty daring choice in the constrained world of political couture, but I thought rather handsome. And it may have been intended as a message to the world that Medvedev is a younger, more modern and perhaps more European figure than the man he succeeds.

Similarly, I thought the Condoleezza Rice black leather outfit Michael refers to was a masterful bit of theatre. She wore that outfit only a month after being sworn in as Secretary of State, and it was a bold statement of self-confidence and renewal in that office. It's a shame she has reverted to the kind of pastel conservatism that would suit a much older woman.