London welcomes First Lady of fashion Michelle Obama as she dons ANOTHER patriotic outfit in support of Team USA
04:58 EST, 27 July 2012
09:33 EST, 28 July 2012
She only arrived in London this morning but America’s First Lady of fashion has already showed off two very patriotic wardrobe choices as she helps motivate Team USA.
Leaving husband Barack at home in
Washington, Michelle Obama is in the UK to lead the US Presidential
Delegation to the Olympic Games.
After a breakfast with Team USA at their training
facility in the University of East London, where she wore a bold red and white striped jacket and black tailored trousers, her whirlwind
schedule took her to an event to help promote her Let’s Move campaign.
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Quick change: Michelle Obama has arrived in London to support Team USA and already sported two patriotic outfits. She was seen at a breakfast in red and white (left) and a Let’s Move event in blue (right)
Casual: Mrs Obama, in a red peplum top, relaxed with U.S. athletes on her first engagement in London today
At Mrs Obama’s breakfast stop, she greeted athletes with a rousing speech as her bold wardrobe choice also spoke volumes.
The red and white pattern on the jacket
was a surprise choice for the normally impeccably dressed 48-year old,
as she started to blend in with the America flags behind her.
At the following event, held at Winfield House in Regent’s Park where U.S. Ambassador Louis Susman now resides, she mingled with David Beckham among other sporting stars.
Wearing another patriotic ensemble, she wore a sporty blue T-shirt, paired with white pants and a smart white and blue blazer that featured navy piping.
Go team! First Lady Michelle Obama and David Beckham celebrate the Let’s Move London event with a high five
Who’s the real pro? David Beckham (left) and Michelle Obama (right) show off their football skills during the First Lady’s Let’s Move-London event
Team player: The First Lady stripped off her blazer, revealing THOSE arms as she played football with some of the children who attended the event. Mr Beckham is spotted in the background, cheering Mrs Obama on
Passionate: Michelle Obama hosted the event
that attracted around 1,000 American military children as well as
American and British students. David Beckham (seen right) also showed
off his new tattoo, pictured
Celebrity fans: David Beckham also attended today’s Let’s Move event, seen on stage with the U.S. First Lady
The event attracted around 1,000 American Military children as well as American and British students who couldn’t get enough of the event’s visiting host.
HIT OR MISS? FASHION EDITORS WEIGH IN ON MICHELLE’S LOOK
NICOLE MOWBRAY, Editor of Life & Style at the Daily Mail
Sport and fashion are uncomfortable bedfellows and sadly Michelle Obama’s Olympic looks so far have been too gimmicky to be chic.
The star-spangled jacket may be patriotic, but stylish it is not. In my fashion Olympics that’s a DNQ (Did Not Qualify) I’m afraid.
Removing the jacket later on however, revealing her stunning arms in a beautiful red peplum top, was a smart tactical move for MObama and gets a gold medal.
Unless you’re the Duchess of Cambridge, it’s difficult to look elegant while playing sport and Michelle’s mismatched second outfit consisting of a sporty T-shirt, fitted trousers and another bad blazer won’t challenge Kate for fashion first place in the near future.
And now for the rest of the fashion pack verdicts…
SINEAD O’CONNELL, Junior Fashion Editor, YOU Magazine: I think Michelle looks great! She can pull off graphic, bold prints as well as the nipped in waist silhouette. The patriotic colours also work well for the Olympics!
Peplum suits her shape and shows off her toned arms. It’s fun yet fashion!
ELOISE PARKER, Royal expert: The busy red and white blazer could be overpowering on some, but
Michelle has the confidence to pull it off, playing ringmaster with a
playful, patriotic nod to her home team.
The red peplum waist top is
undoubtedly her most flattering pick, enhancing her waistline and
showing off those famously toned arms to perfection. Definitely a
ALISON TAY, Style Editor, Now Magazine: Michelle’s peplum top is an event-appropriate and on-trend excuse to show off muscle tone that would even make Team USA weep.
But her London looks – especially the trompe l’oeil stripe blazer – indicate that she may have been taking style notes from the Duchess of Cambridge, who also largely sticks to a patriotic palette of red, white and (royal) blue.
She jogged to a stage to the sound of a marching band that played the University of Florida flight song.
She told the crowd: ‘I’m so excited. I am thrilled to be here on London for the 2012 Olympic games. I am proud to be leading the U.S. delegation to the opening ceremony.’
Olympic gold-medal sprinter Carl Lewis signed autographs at the event while ex-NBA star Dikembe Mutombo offered basketball tips to the awed group of children.
Mr Beckham stood behind Mrs Obama, watching on as she addressed the crowd.
But soon, it was time for the games
to begin and the blazer was shrugged off to allow the First Lady to show
off THOSE famous arms as she played football and other sports with
children on the lawn.
There was no doubting her passion for her country and team as she was seen getting active with her adoring fans.
She proved an equally-inspiring presence earlier this morning at the breakfast event.
she had chosen an on trend pillar box red peplum shell top to wear
underneath the nipped in jacket, which also featured cut-away collar
detail and optical illusion panels.
During her address Mrs Obama urged America’s athletes to ‘have fun, breathe a bit, but also win’.
She said: “Wow, I’m going to be saying that a lot over the next few days. Wow, wow!
‘I can’t believe I am here, I am beyond proud. ‘I can’t begin to tell you how amazing it is for me to be leading the delegation.’
She spoke of her fond memories of the Olympics.
‘Some of my fantastic memories growing up, and even as an adult, involved watching the Olympics on TV.
was just in awe of these athletes and my family, we would sit together
for hours watching these men and women perform feats of endurance, speed
and grace that would have us cheering at the top of our lungs.’
She said she and her brother hoped that they would one day achieve something “just as great” for themselves.
Mrs Obama also told the athletes the
Olympics were particularly special to her family because of her father’s
battle with multiple sclerosis, she said: ‘My father contracted MS in the prime of his life, but he retained the love of sports, and the Olympics was a special time for him.
First stop: Mrs Obama talked to American athletes at their training camp ahead of the Olympic games
Lone star: She has left Barack at home in order to lead the U.S. Presidential Delegation to the Olympic Games
Helping hand: The First Lady showed her support as she mingled with America’s sporting heroes
Talking about her drive to get
America fit she urged the athletes to think about the children that will
be watching them across the Atlantic.
She said: ‘You just never know who you are going to inspire, you just never know.
‘You are certainly inspiring me every day. I still have those same feelings of pride, excitement and wonder, so being here is other-worldly for me.
‘I am still so inspired by all of you.
‘This summer, people across America
are going to be supporting Team USA and not just by cheering you on from
our living rooms, but by striving to live up to the example that you
All-stars: The First Lady showed her support for Team USA (pictured) at yesterday’s Let’s Move event
Inspiration: The all-star Team USA stood on as the First Lady addressed her adoring fans who snapped photos
Mrs Obama is a passionate advocate of
healthy living and later on this morning will be hosting a Let’s Move
event for British and American school children alongside David Beckham.
And her day of events will conclude
with a reception at Buckingham Palace for heads of state and then a
visit to East London and the Opening Ceremony of the 2012 Olympic games.
The style conscious First Lady is a
walking advertisement for good eating and exercise and takes every
opportunity to showcase her gym honed arms in demure but sleeveless
And fashion fans are hoping she will take this opportunity to showcases some of her signature preppy looks.
Moving: Mrs Obama often gets involved in group exercise to promote the Let’s Move initiative she has pioneered. She’s encouraging Americans to live a more positive lifestyle through exercise and healthy eating
Fashion face-off: All eyes will be on the Duchess of Cambridge (left) and Michelle Obama (right) when they meet at Buckingham Palace later today. The fashionable duo always reveal sophisticated ensembles, like above
On a recent promotional jaunt for her
gardening book American Grown: The Story of the White House Kitchen
Garden and Gardens Across America Mrs Obama she changed outfit three times in one afternoon.
Speaking of her visit to the Olympics
and her continuing ant-obesity campaigning Mrs Obama has said:
‘Olympians and Paralympians are true American heroes and role models for
all of us, especially our young people.
‘And I know that this delegation will
help inspire a generation of young people to get into the Olympic
spirit by getting active and healthy so they can reach their fullest
potential and reach their dreams.’
WAGs: Samantha Cameron (left) and Michelle Obama (right) were pictured in Washington in March. The two women of power, not to mention fashion icons, will meet again for an official lunch tomorrow
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