The Best- and Worst-Dressed Leaders in the World, Continued: Part Two
Hassanal Bolkiah, Brunei
The Sultan of Brunei obviously loves movies like The King and I, The 7th Voyage of Sinbad, and Aladdin. His over-the-top clothes rule the old-fashioned way—spectacle. How many potentates can you say are profoundly influenced by Bob Mackie and Edith Head? Give the man a variety show and some dancing girls and maybe he could become an emperor.
Hugo Chavez, Venezuela
Sure, Curtis Sliwa did the red beret first. But Chavez does it better, with a predilection for all things red and a nice post-Fidel take on fatigues.
King Mswati III, Swaziland
The second of 210 sons, the king succeeded his father as king at the age of eighteen. He has twelve wives and two fiancées. He also has a lot of suits and ties, but he seems to understand that fashion is magic. He knows how to do casual with sumptuousity and he's got great tribal ju-ju-wear chops.
Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum, Dubai
The President of the UAR and Ruler of Dubai is usually seen in traditional Bedouin style. He does it well, wearing exquisite djellaba that look like they were made by Romeo Gigli or John Galliano. Too bad he's not more of an influence. But that beard—well, sometimes more is more. Shave it or grow it.
Jens Stoltenberg, Norway
The Prime Minister of Norway is the Derek Zoolander of the EU. He's almost too good looking. He's fashion forward, with the narrowest lapels in NATO. He walks around with two days' growth. He wears cool shirts and ties and has better hair than John Edwards. He might pay 400 kroner for his haircut, but here that's only $73.
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