Meryl Streep steals the show with vibrant pantsuit

Meryl Streep’s on-screen transformations are the stuff of legends, but it seems that a little bit of that fun experimentation has transferred to her off-screen style as well. Streep was spotted backstage at the hit Broadway production Michael Moore: The Terms of My Surrender; a picture may be worth a thousand words, but Streep can convey a lot more with just a few accessories. 

The 68-year-old actress sported a bold black ensemble with a red leaf pattern, and teamed it with simple hoop earrings and a watch. The outfit was so striking that it took a second glance to notice the real statement pice that Streep had slung across her shoulder: a purse with a picture of Michelle Obama on it. 

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It’s actually not the first time that Streep has debuted this bag; earlier this year, E! News spotted the Mamma Mia! star on the set of her upcoming film with the custom purse on a modified shorter strap. On one side, the bag features Michelle and Barack Obama standing in a loving embrace, while the other side shows Michelle in her solo pose. 

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Streep’s love of the Obamas has never been a secret; she struck a bond with fellow equal-rights advocate Michelle and even took a trip to Africa with the former first lady. She also attended numerous star-studded events during Barack’s presidency. 

In 2014, the former president presented Streep with the Medal of Freedom and made sure the world knew just how he felt about the Oscar-winner. 

“I love Meryl Streep,” Barack said. “Her husband knows I love her. Michelle knows I love her. There’s nothing they can do about it.” 

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The Obama purse turned out to be the perfect accessory for Streep’s trip to the Broadway production in September. According to the play’s website, “This exhilarating, urgent show is a hysterical theatrical coup d’etat that takes the utter lunacy of our times and turns it into a subversive piece of theatre.” The Academy Award-winning filmmaker behind Bowling for Columbine and Fahrenheit 9/11, Moore uses his production “to answer the burning questions of the Trumpian era”. 

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Moore, who predicted that Trump would become president and believes that the controversial figure is on track for re-election in 2020, was well-matched to Streep’s ensemble with his trademark black hooded jumper and a red baseball cap. Streep and Moore couldn’t resist snapping a selfie to commemorate the moment. 

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Streep recently made headlines when she publicly decried Harvey Weinstein, a Hollywood executive accused of multiple counts of sexual harassment and assault against up-and-coming actresses. 

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