First Lady fashion face-off

US First Lady Michelle Obama is visiting China from today for a seven-day trip with her mother and two daughters. She will be hosted by her Chinese counterpart Peng Liyuan.

Both First Ladies have drawn lavish media scrutiny for their fashion choices, and this trip is likely to provide much fodder for fashionistas who will be scrutinising every outfit and accessory.

We look at the style statements the two women have made so far in the media limelight.

Mrs Michelle Obama, 50

A relaxed Mrs Obama after a Florida weekend vacation togged out in a floaty, girly print dress. PHOTO: REUTERS

Channelling a youthful vibe in easy separates and strappy flats at a marine base in Hawaii where she attended a Christmas dinner for the military. PHOTO: AFP

She can turn on the glamour when need be. as she proves in this classic ballgown getup, which shows off her trim waist and a discreet decolletage, at a state dinner at the White House for French President Francois Hollande. PHOTO: AFP

Although she is fond of relaxed dresses and bright, graphic prints, she also has the career woman's working staple of tailored jackets down pat. PHOTO: AFP

Madam Peng Liyuan, 51

The former folk singer superstar favours high heels, smart suits and matching accessories, all of which are on show in this outfit which marked her arrival at Dar es Salaam last March on a high-profile African tour. PHOTO: REUTERS

While her heels may be high, her hemlines seldom are. This modest mid-calf length dress, with a gold border for a bit of pizzazz, was her choice for a dinner in Bali during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) forum last year. PHOTO: REUTERS

This lightweight silk coat, with its frog button-inspired clasps and discreet Asian-floral pattern, reflects Madam Peng's favouring of subtle Chinese accents in her outfits. PHOTO: AFP

Lower heels, a jaunty straw hat and a loose hairdo signals the First Lady in a more relaxed mode as she takes in the sights at Mexico's Chichen Itza with her husband last June. PHOTO: AFP

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