The APEC Style

By Dschabner

Nov 14, 2009 7:57pm

The images you see from Singapore of President Obama and other world leaders clad in long-sleeved linen shirts is a tradition of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit that dates back to 1993, when attendees at the APEC conference in Seattle donned leather bomber jackets. Since then, posing for annual "class picture" wearing the native garb of the host country has been a tradition that distinguishes the APEC conference from all other international summits.This year's outfit is a specially-designed Peranakan-inspired blouse with a mandarin collar, a mélange of Chinese, Indian, and Malay styles befitting Singapore and designed by local style guru Wykidd Song. The shirts come in blue, green, and red. Female world leaders, such as President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo of the Philippines, have silk embroidered V-necked blouses with lace.It's always an … interesting … moment, to see the world leaders so dressed, whether in Peruvian ponchos, or Australian outback stockman's raincoats, delicate silk shirts in Bangkok, or this classic from Ha Noi, Vietnam, in 2006.-jpt

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