Mugabe wears jacket designed by Grace (but hangs onto that red tie)

He may have been sporting a jacket made of eye-popping fabric designed by his wife – but there’s no way the tough-talking President Robert Mugabe was giving up his red power tie.

Source: Mugabe wears jacket designed by Grace (but hangs onto that red tie) | News24  2016-12-16

Harare – He may have been sporting a jacket made of eye-popping fabric designed by his wife – but there’s no way the tough-talking President Robert Mugabe was giving up his red power tie.

The 92-year-old Zimbabwean president is known for his sober Savile Row suits so the black, yellow and red blazer emblazoned with his face that he wore to open the Zanu-PF conference on Friday was certainly a distraction.

But that red tie is a real constant.

Mugabe wore a red tie on Wednesday too, paired with a red striped shirt at a central committee meeting in Harare. Google “Mugabe red tie” and you’ll find he regularly wears one on his birthday (this year paired with a red kerchief).

Studies have been done to try to determine exactly what message a red tie sends out, especially when worn by a politician.

One school of thought says a red tie exudes confidence and shows the wearer “means business”. More recent research – this time conducted by Durham University in the UK in 2015 – says it can make a wearer look “aggressive and dominant”.

Friday’s suit was fashioned out of fabric designed by fashion-loving Grace Mugabe. She’s well-known for her shopping forays in Dubai, Hong Kong and Western capitals.

The first lady told delegates at Masvingo showgrounds, where the conference is being held, that she “sketched this [design] on a paper”. She boasted that it showed Zimbabwe’s ‘teacup’ shape.

“This Zimbabwe is like a teacup, we all drink from this teacup. We are all agriculturalists by nature. So takaisa chibage (we put maize) – that’s our staple food. We also put the country flower – the flame lily….And there we have our leader we believe in… VaMugabe,” Grace Mugabe said, describing the fabric.

She was wearing an outfit made from the new fabric, paired with a large silver cross pendant.

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    Joe Cool 5 years ago

    Does Grace, the ‘agriculturist’ know that her staple food – maize – is indigenous to North America and was brought here by the dreaded colonialists?

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    Nyoni 5 years ago

    Red for danger or for stop ‘I don’t know what I’m doing’

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    mandevu 5 years ago

    this article is slightly more interesting than the 2 and 3 minutes updates we got from the Zanu PF so-called conference