Pyongyang: Kim Jong Il Style 'Sweeps World'

Style spreads 'expeditiously' in 'unprecedented' manner: 'expert'
By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 7, 2010 12:28 PM CDT
Kim Jong Il, in one of his trademark garments.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – The rest of the world might think he needs a straight jacket, but to hear the North Korean state news apparatus tell it, “Dear Leader” Kim Jong-Il’s matching Ike jackets and slacks has inspired a global vogue for the style. “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,” says the government website. “That is because his image as a great man is so outstanding.”

Pyongyang also scares up an unnamed French fashion expert, AFP reports, who assures readers that the “Kim Jong-Il mode which is now spreading expeditiously worldwide is something unprecedented in the world's history.” The outfit: a zippered tunic that appears to have a stretchy elastic band, and pants of the same color, usually khaki, or a blue-gray. When it’s cold, Kim adds an anorak and a fur hat. Classy.

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