2016年07月20日

Supporting British brands

Leopard print kitten heels and prime minister are two words I’ve never envisioned putting together.

But thanks to Theresa May and her penchant for the aforementioned shoes, it’s a combination we’ll be hearing more of in the future.

Fashion and politics have always made for strange – and intriguing – bedfellows.

As May arrived at number 10 Downing Street in central London on July 13, all eyes were on Britain’s second-ever female prime minister after Margaret Thatcher.

Under pressure to implement Brexit, May began her first day stunning observers by picking gaffe-prone Boris Johnson as her top diplomat. Where fashion was concerned, May made a wise move by supporting British brands for her all-important appearance.

“For a landmark political-and personal- moment, May stayed true to the elegant, and relatively bold by politicians standards, style which she has become known for, choosing a dress and coat by British designer Amanda Wakeley.

“She finished the look with her signature L.K Bennett leopard print kitten heels – what else?” enthused The Telegraph, which added that her footwear choice “might be read as a knowing nod to her assertion that a fierce intellect and a love for shoes are not mutually exclusive qualities.” (Besides the kitten heels, she’s been seen in thigh-high latex boots.)

May’s midnight blue coat with lime green colour block comes from Wakeley’s Spring/ Summer collection last year, but is now sold out, naturally. She wore it over a matching navy slim-fitted sleeveless dress with flashes of lime green.

May’s financier husband Philip, 58, also looked sharp. Metro UK had fun reversing gender stereotypes, focusing instead on what Philip wore.

“Theresa May’s husband steals the show in sexy navy suit as he starts new life as First Man,” crooned the British media site playfully. “Oh, and let’s not forget those shoes … Philip elongated his pins with a pair of black brogues.”

When May launched her bid for the Conservative party leadership, it was a favourite Vivienne Westwood tartan suit which she chose for the occasion.

She has also worn a Burberry trench coat to cabinet meetings.

Another successful fashion moment was last October when she took to the podium on the third day of the Conservative party conference to deliver her keynote speech.

She strode out in a navy blue dress by French designer, Roland Mouret; the striking piece from Mouret’s pre-fall 2015 collection featured an unusual asymmetric neckline and a long gold zip running down the back.

But while May may be famous for her fondness for shoes and love of colour, not every look has proved entirely successful. According to Daily Mail: “Her main sartorial mishaps are being too buttoned up – remember the blue satin number she wore to the Women Of The Future Awards in London in 2007? – or showing too much skin, as she did in a strapless dress at the -Glamour Woman Of The Year Awards.”

At 59, May – with her maturity and confidence – has a well-honed idea of what works for her.

Observes British Vogue fashion features director Sarah Harris: “I imagine that as a female prime minister, navigating a wardrobe that will please critics probably makes steering Brexit look like a doddle by comparison. She flits from colour and print to smart navy; and from trousers to skirts, with ease, looking equally good in it all, which not all women can.”

The Star2, Published: July 20, 2016
Theresa May: In the prime of her life
By WILLIAM K.C. KEE
http://www.star2.com/living/viewpoints/2016/07/20/theresa-may-in-the-prime-of-her-life/


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