Like the cast of a superhero film funded by the British Film Council, or a reformed pop band who had one hit in 1983 and are now making an album of big-band classics, the G7 leaders summit provided many a photo opportunity for the seven leaders.
Sartorially speaking, the biggest talking point was Justin Trudeau’s socks. Post #elbowgate, the Canadian leader (a dead ringer for Prince Eric from The Little Mermaid) is in need of a reminder why he is more “blue steel” than “red mist”, and this was a perfect jolt. Trudeau’s socks have become, like Socks Clinton, a humanising reminder that all leaders of the free world are Just Like Us. Like Phil from IT who wears days-of-the-week bow ties, socks are His Thing.
But it also feels quite timely that socks have made a leap from “accessory” to “statement” (think: Rihanna’s collaboration with Stance). Previously, Trudeau has worn red-and-white Maple leaf socks at a first ministers meeting, skull and crossbones versions at Davos and Argyle-style ones at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation meeting.
At G7, he’s gone for stripey – in blues, greys and purples, which is clearly a comment on the precarious state of the global economy. Or maybe it’s just an overture to a summit of sock-based sartorial comments to come.