The Fashion Police is Out
Though impolite to name names, some of the fashionistas behind the political scenes praise current President Václav Klaus and ex-President Václav Havel for their exceptional taste. I am disinclined to believe this however. One of the most-remembered moments of Havel's 1989 inauguration was when he crossed the courtyard of Prague Castle, one of the most powerfully charged places of memory you can find in the modern Czech Republic, wearing high-water pants. In an interview with Marek Eben on the popular show Na plovárně ("Next to the Swimming Pool," a popular interview show on Czech Television), Havel later claimed that he had just "hitched them up" a moment before as he was walking down the stairs.
What about the calculatedly unkempt look or purposeful breaches of etiquette? Well, I imagine those are beyond most politicians whether they are Czech or not.
A refresher course:
*At social events, maintain personal space of at least 75 centimeters
*Using a mobile phone while making out is impolite
*If someone's dress is unzipped, let the person know in a discreet, tactful manner
And a Czech classic:
*Men should always hold the door open for ladies, but should walk into bars ahead of them; better the man get hit by something thrown in anger