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.