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Who’s the Prince Charles of Delhi?

Prince Charles has been named the world’s best dressed man by Esquire magazine. The report comes as quite a shocker to our pick of the five best-dressed men in town. Itee Dewan reports.

fashion and trends Updated: Mar 10, 2009 18:04 IST
Itee Dewan

Prince Charles has been named the world’s best dressed man by Esquire magazine. Surprisingly, the Prince of Wales has piped Barack Obama to number four on the list of 10 best dressed men. The Prince, who has faithfully stuck to his double-breasted suit, white shirt and ties, has caught the judges’ eyes “because of his grown-up dressing,” said Jeremy Langmead, editor Esquire. British Prime Minister Gordon Brown was among the worst-dressed men.

The report comes as quite a shocker to our pick of the five best-dressed men in town. “Honestly, it’s quite a joke to hear that,” says entrepreneur Naveen Ansal, known for his dapper style. “Prince Charles dresses very conservatively. There is no flair in his dressing. I agree he wears the most expensive suits but that doesn’t make him well-dressed,” he says. About his personal style statement, Ansal insists he is “very instinctive” and takes “just five to six minutes” to dress up.

Our second best-dressed celebrity, restaurateur AD Singh, finds the Prince a rather “staid choice.” “He is always monotonously dressed. I’d rather give it to someone who is more creative with his dressing and has his own style.” On his personal style statement, Singh says it’s a mix of the Indian kitsch and the jazz style of 1920s and 30s.

Raghavendra Rathore, a natural contender for Delhi’s best-dressed man, isn’t surprised by the report. “Though Prince Charles isn’t conventionally stylish but he is always well-turned out,” says Rathore and adds, “his forefathers invented the tailored suit and the man is carrying their lineage forward.” The designer himself is a firm believer in “the less complicated a thing, the more appealing is the eventual outlook.” His dressing time is limited to a couple of minutes.

The other two celebrities in Delhi who get our votes for being best-dressed are Ayaan Ali Bangash and Peter Punj.