The Chancellor's Décolleté Joop Advises Merkel to Don More Revealing Clothes
German Chancellor Angela Merkel is used to unsolicited remarks about her dowdy taste in clothes. Now, fashion designer Wolfgang Joop has come up with an unusual tip for the world's most powerful woman: Wear more low-cut tops.
Wolfgang Joop, the German fashion designer, isn't known for his subtlety. The designer, who admits that politicians tend to steer clear of him, has come up with an unusual hint for Chancellor Angela Merkel: Show more décolleté.
Speaking to the German Stern magazine, the 64-year-old said that Merkel should boldly don lower-cut tops. "And if someone teases her, she can always slap them on their fingers using a fan from her clutch handbag," he said.
Stalwart of German Upmarket Fashion
While it remains to be seen whether Merkel will heed Joop's advice, the stalwart of German upmarket fashion admitted that his reputation for direct talking rendered him unpopular among German politicians. "Most avoid me. They know that I speak my mind," he told Stern.
This was illustrated recently when Joop met top Green Party politician Jürgen Trittin. "He didn't greet me ... but he knows all about make up tones," scoffed Joop.
In an unusual new departure, Joop has unveiled a series of support tights, jointly created with a health clothing specialist. In the interview with Stern he also revealed that his mother, 93, no longer spent money on outfits created by her son. "In the past she only wore Joop clothes," he said. "Now she says that she can no longer afford the garments."