The Chancellor almost always wears a blazer. Only the color varies. What already inspired amused time-lapse videos, however, arouses respect from Giorgio Armani.
Hamburg – 16 years of government with a “historical character”. For example, US President Joe Biden paid tribute to Angela Merkel’s chancellorship during her visit to Washington. As the first female Federal Chancellor in Germany and the first from the former GDR, she made “groundbreaking services” for the country and the world.
Of course, Joe Biden didn’t say a word about Merkel’s clothing style – that didn’t matter to him. For many others in the past 16 years it has. With Merkel, a sober style entered the Chancellery in 2005. Extravagances of her SPD predecessor Gerhard Schröder, who presented himself in a Brioni suit and with a Cohiba cigar, were alien to the CDU politician.
Armani on Merkel: “Always found her style interesting”
The recipe for Merkel doubles was therefore quickly found. Colorful blazer, amber necklace and subtle makeup: Ursula Wanecki, for example, didn’t need more to be mistaken for Chancellor. This is probably one of the reasons why Merkel Dekolleté attracted so much attention at the opening of the Oslo Opera House in 2008. But is that bad? One of the most famous fashion designers in the world now says: no way.
“I always found her style interesting, her tailored jackets with matching trousers,” Giorgio Armani told the current one Time magazine. The 87-year-old from Piacenza, southeast of the fashion metropolis of Milan, explained that this style exudes calm self-confidence and gives a woman the opportunity to compete at eye level with men wearing suits.
Giorgio Armani dresses Angela Merkel – on paper
Armani also drew his own fashion design for Merkel for the magazine. In his version, the 67-year-old wears a black suit with wide patch shoulders and soft Marlene trousers. Armani is one of the most successful fashion designers in the world. The brand is known for its suits, among other things. In 1975 he founded the label. (dpa / AFP / frs)