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Sun Valley moguls compete for ‘best dressed’ with odd outfits


Fashion isn’t the very first thing that involves mind at Sun Valley’s “summer camp for billionaires,” but Warren Buffett and other titans of the business and media worlds are giving it their best shot this week.

Well-heeled attendees at Allen & Co.’s annual Sun Valley Conference in Idaho mostly ditched their suits and ties for an array of outfits starting from the colourful to the bizarre.

Notable candidates for the “best dressed” title included the billionaire “Oracle of Omaha” Warren Buffett, who showed up on Tuesday wearing a lime-green, lizard-printed shirt and khakis – a well-known sight for fans of the Berkshire Hathaway chairman’s fashion sensibilities.

IAC Chairman Barry Diller also turned heads with floral-themed Dior button-down – though he has the advantage of being married to famed dressmaker Diane von Furstenberg to guide his sartorial decisions.

Alice + Olivia Stacey Bendet made a trendy appearance with an eye catching yellow hat and green bag, while film producer Brian Grazer strutted around in an yellow jacket from Italian brand Stone Island that likely set him back several hundred dollars.

Warren Buffett was a fashion standout along with his lime-green lizard shirt.Getty Images

Stacey Bendet Allen, the director of fashion company Alice + Olivia, made a fashionable entryStacey Bendet Allen, the director of fashion company Alice + Olivia, made a trendy entry.Getty Images

Jason Ballard, the boss and co-founder of 3D printing company Icon Construct, honored the conference’s Idaho locale with a festive cowboy hat. Palantir Technologies CEO Alex Karp wore a bright-yellow zip-up, while enterprise capitalist Vivi Nevo wore a jet-back designer jacket while sipping his coffee.

Other moguls were far less creative of their wardrobe decisions. Tech billionaire Bill Gates opted for his standard green sweater more suited to the boardroom than a fashion magazine, while former Recent York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg wore a striped shirt with slacks.

Some guests kept it casual while strolling the grounds. CNN anchor Anderson Cooper was spotted walking around in sweatpants, while Marquis Jet co-founder Jesse Itzler went to lunch wearing a scarf.

Bill GatesBill Gates kept it easy at Sun Valley.Getty Images

Michael BloombergMichael Bloomberg wore a collared shirt and slacks.Getty Images

Jason BallardJason Ballard kept it festive with a cowboy hat.Getty Images

The wide spectrum of fashion decisions is nothing recent for avid followers of the Sun Valley Conference, which Meta’s Mark Zuckerberg has been known to attend in his trademark hoodie.

This 12 months’s mingling between top executives in media, business, tech and entertainment occurred against a more somber backdrop than it has within the recent past. The S&P 500 just closed its worst first-half performance in a long time and warnings about an oncoming recession are gathering momentum.

But based on the photos emerging from the summit, the world’s richest and strongest executives don’t look like too concerned.

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