NEW YORK -- A leading American newspaper has described the just-concluded trip to Pakistan of Britain's Prince William and his wife Kate Middleton as "highly successful", and said it underscored the effectiveness of fashion as a tool of diplomacy.
"It has been, by all accounts, a highly successful five days of outreach. They met with Prime Minister Imran Khan! And schoolchildren! Played cricket! Saw many sights!", The New York Times's fashion director and chief fashion critic, Vanessa Friedman, wrote in an article interspersed with coloured photographs of the couple's engagements during the first royal visit to Pakistan in 13 years.
Entitled, 'In Pakistan, Kate Middleton Aces Fashion Diplomacy', the article said, "The rapturous summaries of their every move were matched only by the rapturous summaries of their every garment. It's been a while since clothes were employed quite so strategically and consistently to send an unspoken, but also unmistakable, message. The effect was refreshing."
Meanwhile, in an interview with CNN, Kate Middleton said her tour of Pakistan with Prince William was "really special."
"It was amazing seeing some of the geography yesterday, but then to see some of the community activities today has been really special," she said, Prince William standing alongside her.
In her piece, Ms. Friedman of The New York Time said, "From the moment they stepped off the plane, the Duke and Duchess Of Cambridge (O.K., mostly the Duchess, but he played his part too) signaled their intent to allow the quadrillion pictures taken of them to speak louder than the words they uttered mostly behind closed doors.
Their clothes made silent statements cross-border respect, cultural awareness and outreach. No detail, or earring, was overlooked.
"Witness the aquamarine-to-silver draped-neck dress by Catherine Walker with matching pants, a bridge between a tea dress and a shalwar kameez, which the Duchess wore to deplane at Nur Khan airbase on Monday.
"Witness the periwinkle-blue shalwar kameez she wore on a visit to Margalla Hills, north of...