Would you wear the same article of clothing for 18 years? If you were Angela Merkel, the chancellor of Germany who understands the importance of consistent personal style, you would. This past weekend at the Salzburg Festival, she was spotted in a colorful silk tunic that Bild reports she’s been spotted wearing in 2002 and as far back as 1996. In 1996 the TV show Friends was in its second season and the spritely young future chancellor was Germany’s Minister for the Environment. Her commitment to thriftiness, modesty, and uniform dressing should make Germans proud, even if the pattern on this particular kimono makes her look more like a Nickelodeon character than a head of state.
Forbes released its 2013 list of the world’s most powerful women earlier today, and on it were social and political movers and shakers: Hillary Clinton, Michelle Obama, Nancy Pelosi, and Oprah Winfrey; megawatt stars: Beyoncé, Angelina Jolie, and Gisele Bündchen; and one or two surprises (Shakira at number 52, for example). But fashion’s power players held their own against heads of state (Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel came in at number one), businesswomen, and celebrities alike. Miuccia Prada (58), Diane von Furstenberg (74), newly crowned billionaire Tory Burch (69), Anna Wintour (41), and Burberry CEO Angela Ahrendts (52) all earned much-deserved spots on the list. Hats off to the industry’s—and the world’s—leading ladies.