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PRIME Minister Narendra Modi is not just another brick in the wall. He once again proved it at his first global summit since becoming the Prime Minister. As he made an impact on the BRICS leaders in Fortaleza, Brazil, his style statement too grabbed global eyeballs.

Though Modi has always managed to grab people's attention by his sartorial elegance, he surprised everyone on his arrival in the Brazilian capital. It was his unexpected look in brown silk pants, a full- sleeve white shirt, black formal shoes and a long cream hued scarf with light brown border that caught the attention of his fans.

Surprisingly, the usually sharp dresser disembarked the Air India One plane in an ill- fitted pair of shiny pants that were mismatched with his shirt.

Whether a last- minute swap from the jacket he last wore at Fortaleza to show a new look, for comfort, or because of the weather, we may never know. Though the scarf and its drape certainly tiein with the style extensively seen in the Indian heartland, staying true to his patriotic style, the PM could have done with a smarter choice. Luckily, work precedes fashion in such cases and his recent achievements overshadow all else.

It is well known that through the election campaigns and up till date, Modi's carefully constructed look with neatly trimmed beard, rimless glasses, selective use of colour, churidars, and the now famous eponymous kurta have earned him the repute of using sartorial statements to communicate his ideas.

Taking this into account, the PM's fashion choices at his first summit, with its pressures of projecting a oneto- one image of him in front of other heads of state, acquire significance in the scheme of things.

Through the summit, Modi continued with the unspoken tradition of wearing the bandhgala with trousers as have many leaders in the past. However, rather than sticking to black and deep blue suits that are historically associated with formal clothing in western nations, an earthier brown suit represented the Indian standpoint at the meeting.

Even the materials of the garments have pleasantly tied in with establishing a national identity-- handloom cotton, silk and other such fabrics.

Shades such as light pink, grey, white and brown dominated his travelling wardrobe.

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Date:Jul 21, 2014
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