'Plump Renzi should wear a tie': Armani

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Prime Minister Matteo Renzi should wear a tie, fashion designer Giorgio Armani has said. Photo: Olivier Morin/AFP
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Fashion designer Giorgio Armani has been giving style advice to Matteo Renzi, urging the Italian prime minister to wear a tie and control his gestures.

Despite Renzi’s home town of Florence hosting one of the most important men’s fashion events in the calendar - Pitti Uomo - the prime minister appears to have missed a trick or two.

The 39-year-old politician has made brave attempts to stay on trend, gaining notoriety as Florence mayor for his love of a leather jacket and, more recently, staying casual in jeans.

After being ridiculed for looking like a character from the Happy Days sitcom, Fonzi, than a trend-setter, Renzi took his search for style to Vanity Fair.

A photo shoot for the fashion magazine’s cover may have gone some way to appeasing the fashionistas, but according to Armani the prime minister still has some way to go.

“Wear a tie and dress in as few styles as possible, also because now he’s plump,” the fashion designer was quoted in Corriere della Sera as saying.

“At my age I exercise each day, this is true, but I’m not by any means the prime minister!” Armani said, allowing Renzi a little leeway for being too busy running the country to go to the gym.

Some world leaders, however, still manage to look good at the top, Armani mused.

“Obama also stays in a shirt but he wears a tie and has a bit of a sexy touch,” he said, describing the Italian premier instead as “adorable”.

Barack Obama (L) and Matteo Renzi. Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP

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But putting Renzi in a tie and on a treadmill may not be enough to reach the high standards set by the Italian fashion world. The prime minister should also take control of his wild gestures, noticeable to anyone tuning in to one of Renzi’s numerous speeches.

“He already has the genuine Tuscan gestures, that I find fun, but he shouldn’t accentuate these aspects,” Armani said.

While Renzi may not be welcomed on an Armani catwalk any time soon, the fashion designer at least seemed pleased with the premier’s politics.

“I am sure that Renzi is a capable person,” he said. 

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