You may have noticed that despite the fact that August’s Bank Holiday weekend hasn’t even happened yet, and the hope we all cling onto of an Indian summer arriving in September, the fashion industry is well and truly in autumn/ winter mode. The coats and boots are landing in shops, waiting lists for key designer pieces are in full swing and us fashion editors are urging you to consider which key pieces and trends you’ll be adopting for the new season.
While plenty of you might be hitting the pause button on thinking about this pressing issue, Theresa May suggested yesterday that as well as juggling Brexit and her slim Commons majority, she has already put her mind to her new season wardrobe.
During a visit to the Alexander Dennis Bus and Coach Manufacturers factory in Surrey yesterday (admittedly not the first location which would come to mind for showing off newly purchased wares), May debuted a tweed jacket by French label Paule Ka. With its black and brown floral design, the PM’s new purchase taps into the opulent home furnishing trend which appeared on the catwalks at Mulberry, Erdem and Preen- perhaps she had taken notes from The Telegraph’s London Fashion Week round-up?
It is thought that May purchased her new season jacket from Fluidity, the boutique in Henley near her constituency home where they know her tastes well and which she often pops into when she is back in the area. The same style is currently available on Fluidity’s website for £673.
It’s a serious investment for May but is further proof that she’s a smart shopper. Earlier this summer, she wore a £26 shirt dress from Nextduring her summer break in Italy and regularly mixes affordable buys with designer pieces. At a London fashion week event, she opted for a £120 shirt from Palmer//Harding’s collaboration with John’s Lewis’s Modern Rarity collection which she paired with a Amanda Wakeley trousers.
Elsewhere in the PM’s wardrobe, suits by Escada, custom made pieces by Daniel Blake and Diane von Furstenberg jackets are often worn with beautifully made but affordable shoes by Russell and Bromley or L.K Bennett. Although she has also recently treated herself to a bespoke pair of shoes by Charlotte Olympia in her beloved leopard print.
Throughout her political career, May has shown that a serious job- whether as PM, MP or Home Secretary- does not preclude an interest in the more frivolous aspects of life, like fashion. ‘I enjoy clothes,’ she told Kirsty Young on Desert Island Discs, before choosing a Vogue subscription as her luxury item. “She doesn’t mind wearing something people wouldn’t expect her to wear. It’s not an attention-seeking thing, it’s defiant: ‘I know I have a brain and I’m serious so I can wear pretty shoes’,” was a friend’s analysis of May’s attitude.