In a novel twist on the old fable The Emperor's New Clothes which he has been playing in Western capitals for the last 42 years, Mouammar Ghaddafi has reportedly delayed his departure for several days, as he seeks advice on what exactly he ought to wear. John Galliano's layoff has further complicated his game plan: none of Libya's ambassadors now take his calls and Galliano's number has been changed.
Will we ever see the black Africa broach of polished jet again? How about hair extensions? Cartier, the jewellers, are reportedly fabricating a head dress suitable for Le Roi des Cons, which they plan to submit for approval, but the project is likely to require several more weeks to complete. In the meantime, a panicked despot endures a giddying dilemma.
"Bright orange is just not my best colour," he remarked. "It brings out the greyish flesh tones that I cannot abide. But I'm not giving up on this and expect to receive a quire of sketches from Dolce e Cabanna, Versace and some guys who did the costume design for The Tudors. Excuse me, now, I have to take another shower."
Meanwhile,the world of fashion waits.