The Omega Constellation: Theresa May's Watch

17.8.17


When you become Prime Minister, time is no longer your own. So, making sure you keep track of the time you do have with a sophisticated watch is perhaps one of the best personal choices you can make.

Much was made of Theresa May's choice to wear a Swatch to church in her local village earlier in the summer. Even Mr May joined in the act with a Swatch marking the Rio Olympics. But Theresa's go, to everyday timepiece staple is something a little grander.


May's watch is the Omega Constellation. A classic timepiece, the Constellation model from the Swiss watch maker is a dynamic and contemporary expression of a design that has long been an essential part of Omega's heritage.

The watch features a Constellation star at the 6 o' clock position and a bracelet of horizontal links engineered for maximum comfort. The watch has a small face (likely 2.4 diameter) and is unobtrusive in its design and appearance. May has a stainless steel and 18 carat gold version, with an analog dial and quartz movement. The face is mother of pearl at is water resistant for up to 100 metres. May's Omega watch is a real investment purchase that offers durability and the flexibility to wear with a whole host of both gold and silver jewellery.


Omega is a brand that has been around for years, and is perhaps the watch of choice for Prime Minister's - Margaret Thatcher was regularly snapped with an Omega watch during her time in office.

May's selection of the Constellation is not unpredictable, and mirrors her other classic wardrobe and accessory choices. Fuss free and placing trust in high quality brands, May relies on effective design and function focused pieces for her unique look. The dual construction of the watch in both stainless steel and gold offers strength and the opportunity to mix this traditional timepiece with fashion forward pieces of jewellery such as sterling silver rings from Celtic Treasure and bold necklaces from Amanda Wakeley.


We all have one or two pieces of jewellery that never leave our side, and for Theresa May, the Omega Constellation will always be on her wrist.


New Season Arrivals at Russell & Bromley

14.8.17

I've been super excited about the new season arrivals at Russell & Bromley since I went to their press day back in May. Rich autumnal colours, bold patterns and daring embellishments are a common theme in this AW17 collection. It's one of my absolute favourites.

I shared a few behind the scenes photos of the new arrivals on my Instagram page, including the Link In Snaffle Trim Court in leopard- I haven't been able to get it out of my mind since press day!

So without further ado, here are my favourites from the collection.


















The great Theresa May jacket hunt

3.8.17


I have lots of emails, messages and tweets asking me about Theresa May's collection of jackets. Many have been in the Prime Minister's wardrobe for a while, whilst others are new additions and have been particularly tricky to identify! 

But, the waiting to identify two of Theresa May's most recent jackets has come to an end.

The first, a bubblegum pink cocoon coat was first debuted by May on her trade mission to Qatar and Saudi Arabia earlier this year.


This striking coat is by Harris Wharf London. The British outerwear design house is based in the Islington area of London, and makes a beautiful array of classic formalwear from a variety of felted wools and cashmeres. All in bold and bright colours, we can see why May gravitates towards this modern take on classic tailoring.




And the second jacket is perhaps the one I have been most regularly emailed about. The eye catching navy and white, almost tie dye pattern was one of my favourites on the General Election campaign trail. The jacquard design is by the Italian brand Peserico, a company well known for beautiful tailoring in high quality fabrics. Synonymous with elegance and sophistication, the metal tag on the garment's right hand sleeve is an indicator of attention to design detail.


As it turns out, May owns a fair few items from Peserico. Her almost neon white blazer worn on Election Day and to the State Visit of the King of Spain are two recent occasions where the PM turned to Peserico. 



May also has a few other Peserico jackets stashed in her wardrobe, including this oatmeal version that she has worn many times.



One mystery is solved- and now onto the next set of pieces to identify in the Prime Minister's wardrobe!

Theresa May commemorates Passchendaele

31.7.17


Theresa May marked the centenary of the Battle of Passchendaele this weekend, travelling to Belgium for two days of commemorations.

On Sunday evening, the Prime Minister attended the Last Post Ceremony at Menin Gate before going to a special service in the town of Ypres. May wore a tailored Knotch blazer by Daniel Blake- particularly striking for its navy and speckled blue design. She teamed this with a dress by Amanda Wakeley, hat by Liz Felix and the Divine flats from Russell & Bromley. Her bag was from Amanda Wakeley.


May also met with Belgian officials and relatives of those killed in the battle one hundred years ago.



On Monday, May was present at the commemorations at Tyne Cot Cemetery. May read a passage from Ecclesiasticus 44 (7) 8:14 and laid a wreath on behalf of the United Kingdom.


For this sombre event, May wore the Dsill dress and matching jacket from Escada, a black hat from Liz Felix, the Twister gold block heels from Rusell & Bromley and her Amanda Wakeley bag.





Converse and Next: Theresa May's Holiday Wardrobe

29.7.17


Theresa May and husband Philip have been on a much deserved break to Italy this week. Enjoying the sun and sights of Lake Garda, the Prime Minister debuted her holiday wardrobe - the items of which caused quite a debate back home!

Arriving in Italy, the PM was wearing a familiar outfit of navy trousers, white jacket and the Divine flats from Russell & Bromley. But fast forward 24hrs later, and May was wearing a completely different holiday wardrobe!


Our PM loves a bargain, and she turned to Next for her pink linen shirtdress. At £26, it's an affordable piece of holiday chic, and can easily be dressed up or down. Theresa May teamed her Next dress with a pair of open toed leopard sandals with chic ankle straps and one of her Longchamp bags. (These are perfect for travel- I never get on a plane without mine!)



There was much discussion in the press about if the PM's dress was a good choice - it's a little different from what we're used to seeing May wear, but she's on holiday! It's the perfect time to experiment with different pieces and chill out from the daily grind.


What I loved the most was May's pick of the Converse Chuck Taylor All Star in Optical White. Now this is a bold move from our Prime Minister, and likely her raddest shoe wear pick to date. The Chuck Taylor continues to celebrate personal style and self-expression, two traits that Theresa displays really well! (Plus, at £50, this is an attainable piece of Prime Ministerial style that we can all afford!)

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Politically authentic: literal dressing in politics

25.7.17


Politicians are not usually literal and in the age of spin and social media, it can be hard to decipher what is actually being said.

That's why literal dressing is so interesting and a handy way to read the minds and moods of our political figures.

Theresa May is one particular literal dresser. Known for her love of Amanda Wakeley, Escada and Russell & Bromley, May's sophisticated wardrobe can often be very literal. When visiting Wales, May often wears red, the bright hue referencing the fierce flag of the Celtic nation. And on her trips to Scotland, May subtly finds a way to merge the union into her outfit. Her wide ranging repertoire of navy pieces are frequently reserved for appearances as Conservative leader or when she is on the world stage as Prime Minister. The classic colour projects confidence and leadership - she's literally showing that she is in charge.


The bright blue Daniel Blake Orchid jacket and matching skirt is one example of this, and May has worn the suit on her return to Downing Street, for G20 meetings and PMQs. May also wore red and white to welcome the Japanese Prime Minister to Chequers.



May's Amanda Wakeley coat and dress that she wore to enter Downing Street in July 2016 is perhaps one of her most literal outfits, the neon flash of yellow projecting a new, bright change. And more recently, the acid green jacket May teamed with a black, white and green dress to Wimbledon neatly echoed the neat and fresh manicured lawns of the All England Tennis Club.


We also see May go literal in her choice of shoes. The Charlize steel toe pumps from Russell & Bromley were perhaps selected to project strength and her iron will, and the leopard kitten heels to show her fierce sense of style are just two of many examples that spring to mind.


Other politicians have also picked up on the power of literal dressing. Andrea Leadsom often dons a bright blue suit and a magenta top, perhaps a subtle nod to the UK flag. And she recently wore a vivid orange shift dress, with some commenting this was in reference to the recent UK Government agreement with the DUP.


Amber Rudd is also a literal dresser, with her black knee length coat with white piping detail a subtle reference to police uniforms and her responsibility for policing as Home Secretary.


It's not just our politicians who are in on the act. The Duchess of Cambridge is a fan of going literal, wearing a floral Rochas dress to the Chelsea Flower Show and a nautical themed Alexander McQueen dress with epaulettes to a sailing educational centre in Portsmouth. And of course, the Queen has been doing literal dressing for years.

So how can we embrace the literal way of dressing?

  • Pick out subtle references to your destination or event in your outfit. Accessories are an easy and fun way to go with a theme or feeling.
  • Select colours to show favour with your hosts- tapping into national colours is a great way to do this
  • If you're not feeling too brave to be 100% literal, experimenting with nail polish is a fun and cheap way to embrace this trend
  • Christmas is perhaps the best time of year to go literal- go glitzy or go home!

End of term and PMQs: Theresa May's Week

22.7.17

We've made it to the summer recess! Winding up the session- here's a recap of Theresa May's week.

On Monday, Theresa May attended the 1922 Committee summer reception at the House of Commons. Wearing a jersey green dress, navy blazer and vintage Russell & Bromley kitten heels, May addressed her fellow MPs.




On Tuesday, May welcomed the Estonian Prime Minister to Downing Street. Summer whites were back with May wearing her new white blazer, teaming it with a navy shift dress, the Amanda Wakeley oversized chain set and the LK Bennett leopard print kitten heels.


The Cabinet also had their new official photo!


On Wednesday, May took part in the last PMQs of the term. Bright blue was the order of the day, with May wearing her Orchid Daniel Blake jacket and matching skirt. May teamed her outfit with her custom Charlotte Olympia kitten heels and a string of pearls. The PM also took part in an interview on LBC with Iain Dale.




In the evening, the Prime Minister hosted a PRIDE reception in the Downing Street garden.

And if you missed it, here's coverage of our despatch infographic on Mail Online.

Happy summer recess everybody! 
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