Dress Down Friday,  Fashion

Has the “Kim Jong-Il look” gone global?

AFP reports:

The trademark suit sported by North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il is now in fashion worldwide thanks to his greatness, Pyongyang’s official website said Wednesday.

Uriminzokkiri, quoting an article in communist party newspaper Rodong Sinmun, said the modest-looking suits have gripped people’s imagination and become a global vogue.

“The reason is that the august image of the Great General, who is always wearing the modest suit while working, leaves a deep impression on people’s mind in the world,” it said.

“To sum it up, that is because his image as a great man is so outstanding.”

The article quoted an unidentified French fashion expert as saying world fashion follows Kim Jong-Il’s style.

“Kim Jong-Il mode which is now spreading expeditiously worldwide is something unprecedented in the world’s history,” the stylist was quoted as saying.

In a way, I’d like to believe that a French stylist who was not being waterboarded actually said that, but I fear it’s a fabrication.

Lucy Jones of The Telegraph compares Kim’s look to that of Dr. Evil, although they look quite distinct to me.

In fact I own a couple of khaki jackets that look a lot like Kim’s, but they lack those cool front pockets.

(Hat tip: Jon D)