It's the women who wear the trousers in this special relationship: Michelle Obama and SamCam sport dazzling dayglo in first joint outing
02:49 GMT, 15 March 2012
Forget the special relationship, this is the dayglo alliance.
America's First Lady welcomed Samantha Cameron, the British Prime Minister's wife, to Washington DC yesterday and one thing was clear – they may be married to two of the world's most powerful men, but it's them who wear the trousers.
Confident and fashion-conscious both, each decided 'pants' and bright tops were the perfect opening outfits for the three-day tour as they watched a mini Olympics staged at the American University in the capital.
SamCam looked relaxed and comfortable in the First Lady's company as she joked with students and sports players
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First ladies: British Prime Minister's wife, Samantha Cameron, looked
relaxed in the First Lady's company as she joked with students and
sports players at the mini-Olympics event
Michelle enthusiastically gives the athletes the thumbs up while SamCam applauds
Proving that they are comfortable
with bold wardrobe choices, the women could not be missed on the
basketball court as their dayglo hues stood out
the best of British designers, SamCam, 40, paired her black Joseph
trousers and navy suede LK Bennett pumps with a fuschia top – as worn to a recent British Fashion Council event – by Roksanda
Illinic. Her black belt is by Emilia Wickstead.
At her side was Mrs Obama, 48, striking
as ever in an embellished bright yellow knitted cardigan by L'Wren Scott. She paired the chartreuse and cream beaded cashmere top with a
flower print ruffle-necked shirt by the same designer and wide-legged white trousers.
Both ladies wore heels, despite the sporty surroundings.
The team are presented with their medals
Courtside: The couple, who couldn't fail to be spotted in their bright wardrobe choices, met with athletes at the DC event. Both championed home designers and looked relaxed together
The fashion-forward couple put different spins on the wardrobe faithful of smart, tailored trousers on the first of their official engagements on the short relationship-strengthening trip
The fashion-forward couple put different
spins on the wardrobe faithful of smart, tailored trousers on the first
of their official engagements on the short relationship-strengthening
Mobama played tennis with a group of children, holding her own among the young, enthusiastic sports players.
Despite wearing kitten heels as part of her smart outfit, the 5' 11″ keen sportswoman threw herself into the activity with gusto and cheered as she hit the ball.
She shoots, she scores! Mobama clearly had some fun at the themed sports event, playing tennis – despite her smart outfit – and cheering
Taking aim: The First Lady played tennis at the American University event, seemingly enjoying her time on the court with the children as much as her time with SamCam
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Her peer watched on as she congratulated her team-mates at the end of the knockabout.
It is certain that all eyes will be on the fashionable first ladies at Wednesday evening's black tie state dinner – and designers of the womens' chosen gowns are sure to enjoy global exposure from the honour.
Earlier today, Mrs Cameron
flew the flag for British designers as she chose a Burberry coat, paired
with the same Joseph trousers and LK Bennett shoes for her debut outfit
on the first day of her husband's U.S. state visit.
thoroughly chic in the all-black ensemble, she may have regretted
buttoning her coat all the way to the top.
The Camerons' British Airways
flight landed in unseasonably warm weather this afternoon at the Baltimore, Maryland Airforce base, where temperatures reached towards the
trench, worn by Mrs Cameron and neatly belted in the middle, is from
British fashion house Burberry's current Spring/Summer 2012 collection,
and retails for around 595 ($935).
Laid back: The relaxed wives looked at ease together and with the young sports players they chatted with – though their high heels looked out-of-place in the stadium setting
Friendly knockabout: Obama played with gusto despite her heels and smart outfit. Her L'Wren Scott cardigan contrasted with both Sam Cam and the blue surroundings
Watching on: Mobama and SamCam watched races and sports games. The event formed part of the Let's Move initiative
Daytime and nighttime: Nicole Mowbray of the Daily Mail's Life and Style writes that all eyes will be on the fashionable first ladies at Wednesday's black tie state dinner
Her trousers, slim-cut cigarette pants from upmarket high street store Joseph, are one of the PM's wife's favourite styles.
She has worn them on many previous occasions – including to Burberry's most recent fashion show, where she sat front row.
The shoes are by British high street label LK Bennett, a
firm favourite too with both the Duchess of Cambridge, who frequently
wears LK Bennett on official engagements, and her sister Pippa
British Prime Minister David Cameron and his wife Samantha walk down the stairs from the plane upon arrival their at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland, Baltimore today
The upmarket store has recently opened branches Stateside, with a New York City outlet scheduled to open later in the year.
style worn by Mrs Cameron today is the bestselling 185 ($290) Harper –
a detail that will be of added interest to the American audience
following this week's news that the British high street brand has
expanded Stateside with the opening of a number of new stores.
Today's outfit, with its trendy
trousers and designer trench, proved that Mrs Cameron remains very much a
21st century consort. Unfettered by stuffy etiquette, her choice of
outfit is confident and contemporary.
Buttoned up: Despite her cool appearance, Mrs
Cameron may have suffered in the heat of the day, where temperatures
reached almost 80 degrees today
Smart: Samantha Cameron's buttoned-up trench echoed the military uniforms of the guards at the Air Force base in Baltimore, Maryland today
Cameron also famously chose to go hat-free for last year's royal
wedding, a move that while criticised by some traditionalists as disrespectful, was regarded by many as proof that Mrs Cameron is a thoroughly modern woman with her
own strong sense of style.
and Mrs Cameron's trip to Washington is part of a three-day visit,
where the Prime Minister will engage in talks with U.S. President Barack
David Cameron will
join President Obama this evening at a NCAA basketball playoff game in
Dayton, Ohio, while Samantha Cameron will join Michelle Obama for
further social engagements.
SAMANTHA'S BURBERRY TRENCH
The trench worn by Samantha Cameron today is featured on the Burbery website, styled with the neck open, and the belt knotted in the middle, just as Mrs Cameron chose to do.
The double breasted slim fit trench is described as being crafted from a woven cotton fabric in a sateen finish, with features such as epaulettes, a gun flap, rain shield and back vents.
The trench is priced at 595 ($935).
High design: The Burberry trench on sale on the fashion house's website
today, styled variously with a leather belt or the regular cotton
VIDEO: A colourful Michelle Obama and Samantha Cameron join Olympians and Paralympians in a mini-Olympic competition in Washington D.C.