North Korea is making a statement on the international sports stage — a fashion statement. Standing tall in the land of K-Pop and Gangnam Style, the North’s top athletes have been looking decidedly sharper than usual at the Asian Games hosted by rival South Korea, with pink candy-striped ties, azure slacks and, of course, the accessory that pulls every good North Korean ensemble together, those bright red Kim lapel pins.
All of it, apparently, with a made-in-the-DPRK label. It’s not just the athletes, either. Dressed in the same national uniforms as their athletes and coaches, North Korea’s media contingent is hands down the best-dressed group of reporters at the Games. Though that probably isn’t saying much.