After two weeks of blood, sweat and tears, the London 2012 Olympics have come to and end. To say goodbye to the Games, some of Britain’s most stylish names came together at the Closing Ceremony to put on a show like no other. Wearing show-stopping outfits by some of the nation’s top designers, each performer looked dressed to impress – even Boris Johnson was feeling the excitement.
To kick off the night, Scottish singer Emeli Sandé took to the newspaper-covered set to serenade the crowd with a rendition of ‘Read All About It’, wearing a tie dye skirt by Alexander McQueen and claret brogues by Prada.
After a performance by British ska group Madness and boyband One Direction, all cameras turned to the arrival of Prince Henry of Wales (aka Prince HArry), and who was spotted standing next to him? None other than Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, wearing a sweet blue floral dress called Bella by British high street label Whistles. Kate first wore her £150 Bella dress to the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee concert in June, but this time she added a thin black waist belt.
After the very long process of pouring the Olympic athletes into the stadium, it was back to the music, with George Michael rocking the house with his classic hit ‘Freedom’ and Annie Lennox rolling up in a giant pirate ship, before some of Britain’s top models took to the stage. Each supermodel arrived in a giant lorry cabin emblazoned with their photograph, before breaking out and parading their outfits from each corner of the Union Jack flag runway. Britain’s top designers were represented, with Jourdan Dunn in Jonathan Saunders, Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell in Alexander McQueen, Stella Tennant in Christopher Kane, Lily Donaldson in Vivienne Westwood, Georgia May Jagger in Victoria Beckham, Karen Elson in Burberry, Lily Cole in Erdem and male supermodel David Gandy in a golden suit by Paul Smith.
Then it was the turn of Jessie J to showcase her talents, speeding round the stadium in a Rolls Royce wearing a glittering bodysuit by Vivienne Westwood, before being joined by Tinie Tempah in Buberry.
Following a trippy section, which featured Russell Brand taking on a song from Willy Wonka and Fat Boy Slim bursting out of a giant fluorescent octopus, it was one to the main spectacle of the night – the return of the Spice Girls. The stadium erupted as childhoods were relived in the form of Emma, Geri, Mel B, Mel C and Victoria on top of lit up black cabs. The five piece reunited to perform nineties hits ‘Wannabe’ and ‘Spice Up Your Life’, with Victoria Beckham wearing, as predicted, a black gown by Giles Deacon, whilst Geri wore a dress by Suzanne Neville, which was a reinterpretation of her iconic Union Jack dress, Emma Bunton wore a pink padded shoulder mini dress by Maggie Cooke, Mel B wore a glittering catsuit by Zuhair Murad, and Mel C wore a white vest top and flared trousers.
The Spice Girls dose of cheesy pop was quickly contrasted with a performance of ‘Wonderwall’ by Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher and his new band Beady Eye, and a funny skit from Monty Python’s Eric Idle, before focus returning to Jessie J, who took to the stage (again) with legendary rock band Queen, standing in for Freddie Mercury. The 24-year-old showcased another glittering catsuit by Vivienne Westwood, this time opting for an asymmetric number.
Wrapping up the night were Muse, The Who and Take That, who helped mark the end of a glorious two weeks for Great Britain. We won’t be forgetting it anytime soon.
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