Dictator Chic

Libyan leader Col. Muammar al-Qaddafi knows how to rock several different looks without missing a trick. As far as I’m concerned, we can take our style cues from him instead of Daphne Guinness, .

From left to right:

1. The trendy Military look, rocked to perfection!
2. The classic Saturday Night Fever disco look, with a slight Michael Jackson thing going on.
3. The It-Look of the season, with distressed shearling leather jacket and a fabulous fur Trapper hat.
4. The opulent monotone look for evening, in deep blue taffeta.

For more stylish Dictator fashion, go to foreignpolicy.com*, where I also learned that the President of Nigeria is named Goodluck Jonathan! It doesn’t get much better than that, am I right?

*Thanks, JK!

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36 Responses to Dictator Chic

  1. Ha…I can see Andre Leon Talley getting involved in this soon.
    PS Sister, Hel and friends…I wrote my own take on your ‘bloggers with influence’ post…have a look, I’d love your feedback http://redheadfashionista.blogspot.com/2010/10/how-important-are-bloggers.html

  2. carla says:

    This is a man who definitely marches to the beat of his own drum. The greatest thing is that his bodyguards are usually hot (but very stern-looking), fully armed (preferably virginal) women. It’s crazy!

  3. Winter Bird says:

    Qaddafi is hot. Crazy as a bed bug, but hot. I would do him.

  4. Ann says:

    He rocks that shit far more authentically than Guinness by a long shot!

    Awesome website find by JK, too!

  5. Marky says:

    I was the Libyan delegate in Model UN when I was a sophomore in high school. I had no idea I was working for such a fashionable psycho.

    This one is for your greatest hits, SW.

  6. TheShoeGirl says:

    This is pretty amazing. hahahaha

  7. Liz!! says:

    I fucking love Qaddafi (not his politics, but his persona. He cracks my shit up!) The military jacket and the Jacko look are my favs. Killing it!

    I have a slight obsession with personality cults and their leaders and just extremist leaders in general. I love Hugo Chavez’s smile, although I would probably throttle the man within five minutes of being in his presence. And Evo Morales with his crazy sweaters- screw suits! Screw the West!

    Oh man, I could talk political leader fashion all day.

  8. james says:

    “The It-Look of the season, with distressed shearling leather jacket and a fabulous fur Trapper hat.” so good. haha

  9. Aginandtonic says:

    Mr. al-Qaddafi has great taste in clothing (not so much in policy). I especially loved him taping a picture of a Libyan martyr to his blazer.

  10. You don’t miss a beat, do you? I full on laughed-out-loud (I refuse to ‘lol’).

    As a stylist, i would have to say that his pocket square in the 2nd outfit could do with some work but overall I give him an A+ for effort.

  11. On second look, is it even a pocket square or an Africa pin?

  12. Erika says:

    This is too fantastic. Ha Ha!

  13. Joy D. says:

    This post was spot on! And honestly, he is a nice dresser. That isn’t to say he is a good man but we all know about that.

  14. JK says:

    Most decidedly welcome Sister Wolf ! I am happy to see you’ve realized that the sorts of sites I’m normally associated with aren’t nearly so boring as foreign affairs would appear to the uninitiated. Perhaps someday “they’ll” let me send a photo featuring me in my camos.

    I am doubly happy to see you’ve concentrated on the males of the International scene. It wasn’t too long ago that whenever the subject of fashion came up in diplomatic circles, everybody would wistfully look back to the “good old days” of Imelda Marcos.

    Modern-day evil thugs rock it too.

  15. Hahahaha – Actually I’ve posted (proper mail) you something to make you laugh! It involves DG xx

  16. Andra says:

    That is not a fur Trapper hat (whatever that is). It is Freckles, his pet beaver and Moarmar never goes anywhere without it, not always on his head.
    I believe, for this occasion, there was a spectacular military parade that Freckles always finds riveting and that is the best vantage point to watch the goose-steppers streaming by.
    Freckles lives in gold-encrusted splendour and his favourite foods are emu eggs with Crystal champagne.
    And why not?

  17. Karuna says:

    ha! these made my day

  18. sketch42 says:

    Freakin hilarious!

  19. chomy says:

    haha Africans and our fashion craziness!! lol

    haha as a Nigerian , i can tell you there is nothing ‘peculiar’ about the name Goodluck, well not to Nigerians anyway…names like that are quite common although they are usually given in the tribal language,(my name means Good God !translated, imagine me walking about answering to that…ha. still doesn’t take away from the name though…

    the fourth look (blue on blue) is actually also ‘normal’ tradition mens wear, many countries in Africa have their own version but the look is usually the same..you have to get it custom made :.trousers, a long sleeved dashiki top , and another layer without sleeves. it really is all in the layering and the wearer has to ceremoniously adjust the look over and over again….it takes quite a bit of ‘know how’ to maneuver this look definitely not a look for the office..lol

  20. Cricket9 says:

    He’s a nut, but the blue taffeta – eat your heart out, Andre Leon T. and your giant Louis Vuitton towel!

  21. HelOnWheels says:

    Buahahahaha! Andra should write for Vogue and Vanity Fair! That was the best outfit breakdown EVER!

  22. I blame these Alpha-Freaks on women.. and biology.

    This particular colorful sheik of Araby surrounds himself with a crack squad (no pun intended) of female soldiers, his harem in dull camouflage, and dresses like a preening peacock..’cause peahens dig it.. (..You said so yourselves!)

    And damn.. all I own are t-shirts..

  23. Andra says:

    I thank you for the kind words.
    I ‘preciate it.
    (Sorry, I am currently in my Southern mode … due to white wine I believe)

  24. Andra says:

    I have been “watching” Muammar” for about 30 years now. He used to be a pretty good looking bloke but odd.
    He is now saner than he has ever been and how good is that?
    He will permit you to exist as long as you don’t mention the Lockerbie bomber who currently resides in the No. 1 Palace, not too far from the pet beaver.
    He has more outfits than Imelda has shoes!

  25. Braindance says:

    Interesting fact about this guy is he likes Aphex Twin, especially the Ambient Works. Apparently he listens to it whilst out walking.
    I promise I did not make that up.

  26. E says:

    Which one did you say was Daphne Guinness?

  27. HelOnWheels says:

    @Braindance – You did too make that up!

    I love it when Muammar is rockin’ the “something I ripped off the couch and threw on” look:


    Upholstery is HOT (literally as well)!!

  28. Rudy Zarsov says:

    My favourite famous name is the Indian Governments Minister in charge of the Commonwealth Games, Sheila Dikshit pronounced Dixit.

    I know, I’ve got no class or style.

  29. David Duff says:

    I think there’s a typo in your title, it should end with a ‘t’, shouldn’t it?

  30. Erika says:

    This is a fantastic take on the universality of fashion. Almost seems like parody, yet truth is stranger than fiction and of course fashion/megalomania/facism go hand in hand.
    Calling Qaddafi hot though = gross. He is certainly stylish as evidenced here but hot ???

  31. JK says:


    Still disappointed with me? I do swear however, Duff was besmirching me when he said I didn’t like French stuff.

    I do admit though, I’d like to show you around my fine collection of upholstered collections. Some are even French Provincial.

  32. Aja says:

    I like he third photo. He looks fairly disgusted about something. Maybe he ate something bad?

  33. kellie says:

    Whenever I read DAPHNE’s name, I hear it in my head as “DAU-PHNEEE”, as if being said by some OLD English crone.
    It makes the mood much lighter.
    She bugs me.

  34. tressie says:

    oh yes. I saved a pic of him from the newspaper (remember those?) because he was wearing an outrageous party hat while on a horse or a yak. I take my fashion inspiration from real people doing real things…..like…dictators, carpenters, sailors, soldiers, mountain climbers, ballerinas, and sexy sexy mechanics. Twits like editors of glossy fashion magazines,”fashion bloggers”, and 15 year old girls….meh!
    You’re right Sister….if I want to see bang-on trendy clothes on mediocre people with an over-inflated sense of importance…I’d go walk around Tacoma Mall for an hour or 2.

  35. Marie says:

    I once insulted a friend by telling him he was looking a bit Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, which I compounded by expalining that he’s a pretty stylish dictator, which I did truly mean as a compliement, I mean for a dictator, he’s HOT. But Ghaddaffi is unparalleled for fashion smarts.

    And one is never too young to start with dictator fashion as this Danish artist shows: http://www.golberz.com/2010/03/artist-mom-dressed-her-baby-as-world.html

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