Today’s diplomacy is not only done in formal ways. One of the most effective and interesting versions of modern diplomacy is fashion diplomacy. Fashion is considered as an easy way to attract people, which also makes it an alternative way to gain power. These two gentlemen certainly have the power, not only from their positions and titles, but their outfits also have successfully seized public attention.
- Raden Mohammad Marty Muliana Natalegawa
Before he finishes his tenure as the Foreign Minister of Indonesia (2009-2014), I would like to review his style that never failed to impress. Marty Natalegawa certainly has a good sense of fashion. We don’t often see a minister does his/her job elegantly with style, but that’s what we see in Mr. Natalegawa.
His thick-rimmed Moscot Vilda glasses and a bit of grayish hair suit perfectly with his fierce look and formal attires.With this style of his, I can say that Mr. Natalegawa has the whole package of an inteligent, elegant, fierce, and good looking minister. Making Natalegawa himself a world spotlight. He successfully attracts the public, making all eyes not only on his work but also on his outfit.
If anyone ask me if there is any minister or diplomat who does his/her work with style, Natalegawa definitely is the answer.
- George Alexander Louis
It’s been a big year for one-year-old George. Traveling with his mum and dad, being the media spotlight, everyone just seems fall in love with him and his cuteness. It’s not only his chubby cheek and grumpy facial expressions that seek for attention, but also the outfits he’s been wearing through his first year.
For George, it’s been a year of overalls and sweaters.
I would like to compliment Kate Middleton or whoever it is that has been choosing his outfits. She/he definitely knows how to dress a little prince. To look charming is one of the crucial things a prince must have, and for a little prince who can not yet control his behavior, wearing a collar is the answer. Either it’s a polo shirt or collar sweater, collars are the right choice to make one (even a baby) to look clean and charming. And collars clearly suit this new royal baby, making him both a prince and a fashion icon (for babies).
Mr. Natalegawa may has lived longer than George, but both of them certainly have become my favorite gentlemen. They showed up in public with style, made people loving both themselves and their sense of fashion. Fashion has brought them the love and attention, proving that fashion has become a soft power one could have. Time has shown us that soft power tends to work more effectively in diplomacy. Which means fashion is a part of modern diplomacy that people are counting on.
Elsa Hestriana, 2014.