Dressing for the world stage

Updated 1:06 PM ET, Sat October 20, 2012
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Barack Obama's presidency might be looking a bit frayed around the edges these days, but the commander-in-chief still looks as dapper as ever. AFP/Getty Images
Capes are usually best left to WWE wrestlers and comic book heroes, but Afghan president, Hamid Karzai makes it work. Getty Images
Habitually clad in a boiler suit and huge dark glasses, North Korean leader Kim Jong Il is an unlikely style icon. AFP/Getty Images
She's no longer prime minister but Yulia Tymoshenko is still a visible presence in Ukraine, even if this is largely down to her hair: a braided blonde halo, reminiscent of Princess Leia. AFP/Getty Images
Bolivia's Evo Morales favours a more traditional approach to style, rarely seen out of an indigenous poncho or striped pullover. AFP/Getty Images
France's Nicolas Sarkozy regularly dons elevator heel shoes that lift him closer to the height of his statuesque wife, Carla Bruni. AFP/Getty Images
Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan has a penchant for felt fedoras. AFP/Getty Images
Vladamir Putin's sense of style has been defined more by what he doesn't wear in recent years. AFP/Getty Images
Fidel Castro may no longer be in power in Cuba but he can still work a set of military fatigues with the best of them. AFP/Getty Images
Moammar Gadhafi regularly turned heads on the world stage thanks to his extraordinary outfits, this shirt featuring a print of Africa.
Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week started in New York on September 8 and will run until September 15. Click through the gallery to see the latest trends in fashion and comment below to tell us your favorite outfit. Also, check back for updates as fashion week continues. Getty Images
The Christian Siriano spring creations, shown on September 10, feature bright colors. Which one would you wear? Getty Images
The final touches are added as models prepare backstage at the Rafael Cennamo Spring 2012 presentation at The Box at Lincoln Center on September 10. Getty Images
Here, models wear colorful creations by Japanese designer Tadashi Shoji during his fashion show at The Stage at Lincoln Center on September 8, 2011. Getty Images
A model wears an evening dress at the Lacoste Spring 2012 show at The Theater at Lincoln Center on September 10. Getty Images