Let’s not be blue about this
AS FAR as official APEC outfits go, it’s pretty tame.
Dressed in respectable dark blue silk button-down shirts, US President Donald Trump and Russia’s Vladimir Putin enjoyed a brief handshake before the official “family photo” was taken at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Vietnam.
The two leaders (pictured) had been expected to hold a formal meeting on the sidelines of the summit but the White House said on Friday that would not take place.
Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders blamed scheduling conflicts while Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the pair would not meet unless they had something substantive to discuss.
Since 1994 each summit has included a group photo with delegates in local attire as a display of co-operation among world leaders.
It was a departure for Mr Trump, who is rarely snapped in anything but a suit and tie or a golf shirt.
Former US president Barack Obama tried to end the custom when he hosted the summit in Hawaii in 2012 by getting the leaders to wear suits but that proved to be temporary.
Previous notable APEC shirts have included ponchos in Peru, colourful batik shirts in Malaysia and an overcoat called a durumagi in South Korea.