MILAN, June 23 Italy's Prime Minister Matteo
Renzi looks too casual and should wear a tie, fashion designer
Giorgio Armani said on Monday.
The Italian designer said Renzi, who at 39 is the country's
youngest-ever prime minister, had done a good job since taking
office in February, helping to push through a generational
change in Italian politics.
"From being mayor of Florence he suddenly had to learn to be
the prime minister, he's been very good," Armani, 79, said.
However, he said Renzi's habit of wearing an open-necked
white shirt was out of place when he appeared alongside other,
formally dressed leaders. "It doesn't do to play the young man,"
"I would wear a tie," he added, pointing to the example of
U.S. President Barack Obama. "A shirt with a tie has a sexy
It is not the first time that Renzi, who occasionally sports
a trendy leather jacket, has come under scrutiny for his
appearance. Beppe Grillo, the ex-comic who leads the opposition
party 5-Star Movement, calls him "Renzie," a sarcastic reference
to the rebellious Fonzie in the television series "Happy Days".
Speaking after the Emporio Armani Spring/Summer 2015
menswear collection show, Armani, known for his simple, elegant
designs, suggested the prime minister should avoid following the
latest fashions in part because of his slightly "chubby" figure.
"As little fashion as possible ... some rebalancing without
becoming too stuffy," he said.
(Reporting by Valentina Za; Editing by Susan Fenton)