Get the Look: Theresa May's LK Bennett Dress

27.3.17


Good news fashion fans, Theresa May's navy blue LK Bennett dress which features in her amazing Vogue shoot is available!

The Saskia Sloane blue dress has a curved seam detail with capped sleeves and a daring thigh cut. It is mid length and is the perfect dress to effortlessly take you from day to night.

Accessorise with a daring pair of kitten heels and you are good to go! 

Wales and Westminster: Theresa May's Week

25.3.17


The Prime Minister started her week back in Wales, with a visit to Swansea to sign the City Deal for the Swansea Bay Region at the Liberty Stadium. May met with the First Minister and business leaders (including one of my friends!) at the event.

For the signing, the PM wore a brown tweed jacket, black trousers, an oversized pearl bead necklace and the leopard Cocktail loafers from Russell & Bromley.


On her return to London, Theresa May hosted a reception for guests from schools, universities and for leading figures in education. The Prime Minister thanked attendees for the vital work they are doing to encourage social mobility and provide a good education for every child.



On Wednesday, Theresa May attended the weekly Prime Minister Question session. She wore her tweed jacket from DvF, navy skirt, Daniel Blake coat and the Vivacious pumps from Russell & Bromley.



The Prime Minister's second appearance of the day was sadly in response to the awful terrorist attack at the Houses of Parliament. Her statement can be watched below:




On Thursday, the Prime Minister addressed Parliament and wore an appropriately somber black and white outfit. She accessorised with the familiar Amanda Wakeley silver chain necklace.





On Friday, Theresa May was spotted in her Maidenhead constituency attending the opening of a new McDonald's! Thanks to MaidenheadMum for the tip.

Westminster

25.3.17


This week has been a particularly tough one, and for many of us, one which we won't forget. It's a privilege that my work takes me to Westminster, and working in the world's oldest Parliament last year was a wonderful experience.

Parliament has brought me life-long friends, broadened my knowledge and enabled me to combine my love of digital and public service. I was in Westminster on Wednesday, and thankful that my work in Parliament concluded just before the awful attack. Caught up in the aftermath of the attack, people from all backgrounds and professions worked to help each other and provide some sense of reassurance.

I won't forget the somber faces of those walking towards me, evacuated from government buildings and their offices in Whitehall. I also won't forget the hush that descended in Westminster's back streets, the eerie quiet filling the area. We won't forget those who died in the awful attack, and the bravery of our police, security services, parliamentary members, staffers and members of the public.

It is inevitable that things will change because of the events in Westminster, but as the Prime Minister said, we will all move forward together. Never giving in to terror. And never allowing the voices of hate and evil to drive us apart.

Parisian Chic Look Book

23.3.17


We know the Parisians are considered to be completely chic, but how can non-Parisians take some of their sense of style and implement it into our wardrobes?

Legendary model and designer Ines De La Fressange is solving this problem with her new book, the Parisian Chic Look Book. Packed with tips and tricks on how to dress for situations, this shiny gold volume details the key pieces you need to own. From black jeans to a navy blazer, jeweled flats to simple tees, this book can help you locate the basics whilst adding that hint of Parisian glamour.

My favourite looks are the ones which are classic- a clean silhouette, jazzed up with a touch of sparkle or a strong accessory. Whilst some of these looks I wouldn't personally wear (e.g. a jumpsuit on a shopping trip,) this book is a fun one to get those fashion juices flowing.

Ines de la Fressange © Alessandra d'Urso.

Theresa May for Vogue

20.3.17


One word: wow. Annie Leibovitz's portraits of Prime Minister Theresa May were released to a flurry of anticipation, excitement and delight this afternoon- and what a set they are!

Pictured at Chequers, the traditional country retreat of the British Prime Minister, Theresa May has been photographed wearing a navy dress and coat by LK Bennett in one of manor's many reception rooms. The second image sees her look direct to camera, but it is perhaps the third image which is the most special (and my favourite.) On a country walk with husband Philip, the Prime Minister looks carefree - and uber chic in an Egg coat and a Sine for Egg sweater. Her black patent croc over the knee boots from Russell & Bromley also make a welcome reappearance.


There was much speculation of the photoshoot when it was announced in January. Was the Prime Minister, so rightly focused on Brexit negotiations and legislation sensible to be photographed for the world's biggest selling fashion magazine? As I argued at the time, this was a bold and smart move by Number 10, and one which is important to sell Britain to the world. May has embraced this responsibility, and is using her love of fashion and strong sense of self to show how Great the UK is. From wearing high street tailoring to spotlighting under the radar brands, May is a true champion for Great Britain and the creative forces across our nation.

Vogue is no stranger to placing politically associated figures on its cover and amongst its pages. From Hillary Clinton to Michelle Obama, this is one of the most anticipated issues of the magazine- and one which will go down in history as a great cultural success.

You can read my comments for Mail Online about Theresa May's choice of clothes for this feature here.

Annie Leibovitz

Theresa May in Cardiff

20.3.17


Prime Minister Theresa May was in Cardiff on Friday, addressing delegates at the Conservative Party Spring Conference and Forum. I was lucky enough to go along and listen to her speech in person. Whilst security was understandably tight, I managed to be at the front of the stage - as this sort of arty picture attests!

This was my first time at a political conference and it was good to experience the set-up, structure and general way of working. It was also pretty cool to see the PM again and my prediction of her red Amanda Wakeley suit was right!


I also had a great time attending a Women 2 Win event in the event, listening to MPs and AMs talk about their inspiring and determined journeys to elected office.





You can watch the PM's speech below- and thanks to Matthew Horwood for use of these awesome pictures!



Matthew Horwood

Commonwealth and Cardiff: Theresa May's Week

18.3.17


It's been another busy and unpredictable week for the Prime Minister. On Monday, Theresa May attended the Commonwealth Day service at Westminster Abbey in London. The PM turned to a classic navy look for the service, wearing an Aztec print Amanda Wakeley dress, navy blazer, and a chic hat by Liz Felix. Her snakeskin kitten heels are old favourites from Russell & Bromley, as is her Amanda Wakeley bag.

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On Tuesday, the PM delivered a statement on the recent European Council meeting in Parliament. She again wore some old favourites, this time a brown fleck jacket, black trousers and the leopard Frame flats from Russell & Bromley.


On Wednesday, it was time for Prime Minister's Questions, and the familiar navy Escada suit made a reappearance. The chunky Amanda Wakeley chain necklace was the perfect accessory, as was a pair of leopard print kitten heels from LK Bennett. The PM also wore her new camel coat- we're still trying to track this down!





Matthew Horwood
On Friday, Theresa May came to my home turf of Cardiff to address Welsh Conservatives at their spring conference. I predicted that she would wear red- and I wasn't wrong! The famous red Amanda Wakeley suit, Hermes scarf and red patent kitten heels from LK Bennett were her outfit of choice. She kept warm against the Welsh weather with her camel coat and accessorised with a baby blue bag from LK Bennett.

Matthew Horwood

Theresa May: The Enigmatic Prime Minister

13.3.17


What makes Theresa May such a fascinating character is that we don't know much about her. From her upbringing as the daughter a vicar, to the longest serving (and most successful) Home Secretary, Theresa May is a leader we are intrigued by.

This new biography released earlier this month by Biteback and written by award-winning political journalist Rosa Prince, aims to educate us about our Prime Minister, and casts the light on the personal character behind the professional image.

I enjoyed finding out more about May's time as a local councillor, her attempts to be selected as a parliamentary candidate and her early days as the MP for Maidenhead. It was also great to read more about her role as Conservative Party Chairman and the various positions she held in the Shadow Cabinet. 

Perhaps what is most impressive is her record as Home Secretary. From tackling modern slavery to the fight against terror, it's evident that May is a tough character, cemented in her principles and duty to do her very best. 

May has frequently stated that politics is not a game, and from this book you understand that she is truly committed to public service and positively effecting the lives of others. Whilst there are no shocking revelations or ultra new information in this biography, the interviews with various parliamentary colleagues and party members does provide a warm and fascinating insight into May's personal and professional life. And, unsurprisingly, I really enjoyed the anecdotes about May's love of fashion! 

This is a great book to read if you want to find out more about our Prime Minister, and considering the quick turn-around that Prince had to meet, the level of research and detail is impressive. A must-read for any politics fan! 

Budget and Bold for Change: Theresa May's Week

11.3.17

Budget day and a trip to Brussels- this one was a busy one for our Prime Minister.

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On Monday, Theresa May visited the King's College London Mathematics School to announce more than half a billion pounds of investment to create new free schools, including grammars, and refurbish existing school buildings. Chancellor Philip Hammond's Budget included £320 million to help fund up to 140 new schools, creating more than 70,000 new places.

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On her visit to King's, the PM wore a stylish brown weave blazer, black trousers and accessorised with an oversized necklace.




On Wednesday, the Prime Minister attended Prime Minister's Questions and also the Budget. Wearing our favourite navy suit, May chose the Twister block heels, baby blue bag from LK Bennett and a new camel overcoat for her day in the Commons.



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In the evening, the PM hosted an International Women's Day reception at Downing Street.



On Thursday, the Prime Minister attended the dedication and unveiling of the Iraq and Afghanistan Memorial in Whitehall. Wearing a black Amanda Wakeley dress, grey Escada blazer, Liz Felix hat, Amanda Wakeley bag and the Saucy pumps from Russell & Bromley, May paid her respects alongside members of the Royal Family and other dignitaries.

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From here, May headed to a European Council meeting in Brussels. She switched her shoes, opting for the Caroline Issa x LK Bennett embroidered pumps and the Coup de Fouet Hermes scarf.

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