Thailand: PM 'wears flood-stained jacket in Milan'

Yingluck Shinawatra on arrival in Milan. [Photo: Yingluck Shinawatra's Facebook page]

Thailand's prime minister touched down in the Italian style capital of Milan in a jacket that was stained by flood water, it turns out.

Discoloured patches on the right pocket, left arm and lapel of Yingluck Shinawatra's green silk jacket caused much ado among her Facebook fans who viewed pictures of her visit, daily paper the Nation points out, particularly given the premier is usually known as something of a fashionista. And the PM readily admits her style was somewhat "accidental", it seems.

The Nation quotes her as saying the jacket was created by the Arts and Crafts International Centre of Thailand, adding: "It was flooded in 2010 and led to the different colours seeping onto the fabric thus creating a new pattern that I wear today." Online opinion was divided. Some wrote on Facebook that it was inappropriate for an official visit and could diminish Thailand's image, while others praised her for novel taste and said the incident had created a beautiful garment.

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