Angela Merkel in a rainbow of jackets
The most popular thing I have ever posted on this blog was this Rainbow Queen image Vogue did a few months back. Who knows why, although as a big fan of both rainbow colours and clothing infographics, I’m glad to see that others agree. With that in mind, I had to highlight this image of German chancellor Angela Merkel wearing a whole Pantone colour chart of jackets:
I found it via Metafilter, who found it via NextNature.
I do feel sorry for female politicans, who are constantly scrutinised for their appearance in a way that men aren’t. There’s still no standard, unnoticeable uniform for women, the female equivalent of the suit. Of course men do get stick for their off-duty wear (who could forget William Hague’s baseball cap), but it’s more about mocking them for being out of touch with normal people. Whereas with women there’s always a nasty touch of Heat magazine sneering about it.
I think this is a pretty good, practical solution to a work uniform. When I was a kid I thought it would be cool to have a wardrobe made up of the same identical skirt, trousers, top, and shoes, but all in dozens of varying colours so you could go head-to-toe, or mix and match. (Yes, I did actually invent the idea of colour blocking. Although possibly it would have been more ‘children’s TV presenter’).
Angela has made the same dream into reality. Well done Ms Merkel. Also for leading the only solvent country left in Europe, which I guess is a slightly bigger achievement.