That's a Conservative look for fashion week, SamCam! PM's wife wears sober trouser suit to Christopher Kane show (but her top fits the bill)
It was a sober look for Samantha Cameron as she made her debut appearance at London Fashion Week today.
The first lady of British fashion wore a very conservative black trouser suit as she sat front row for the Christopher Kane catwalk show at central London's One New Change shopping centre.
The Prime Minister's wife, who is ambassador to the British Fashion Council, wore a Joseph suit with cropped black trousers.
The only concession to the season's trends was a vivid green shirt by Jonathan Saunders, a British designer who showed last night.
Sober: Samantha Cameron in Joseph trouser suit and Jonathan Saunders shirt, poses with BFC chief executive Caroline Rush at the Christopher Kane autumn/winter 2012 show today
She also sported a pair of wedged black high shoes that revealed the small blue tattoo on her right ankle.
It was an understated look for SamCam, who in
the past has made some daring fashion choices – not least a Christopher
Kane galaxy print skirt she chose last year for the annual fashion party she hosts at Number 10, or the
bright green Burberry dress she wore for the royal wedding.
Today though, Mrs Cameron, who is an ambassador for the British Fashion Council, perhaps wanted the focus to remain on the designers to which she has been so loyal.
Mrs Cameron has long been an ardent fan
of Christopher Kane's collections, wearing his designs on numerous
occasions in the past.
She seemed delighted by today's show, smiling and laughing with BFC joint chief executive Caroline Rush as they took in the colourful collection.
The models paraded past the PM's front row seat wearing brightly coloured dresses in purple, red and blue, shot through with metallic prints.
Later today she is expected to attend fashion shows by Canadian-born, British-based designer Erdem (the label chosen by the Duchess of Cambridge for her debut outfit on her Canadian tour with William) and Burberry – two other labels Samantha Cameron regularly wears for public appearances.
Front row: Samantha Cameron attended the Christopher Kane London Fashion Week this afternoon
Ardent fan: The PM's wife often wears designers by the British designer
Vibrant purple leopard print was used for a pencil dress, while maroon and red tones ran through the collection
Lace with floral motif was given edge with wet-look black trim
Kane created volume and texture with rippled leather-look pieces
Textured, coated fabrics had cut-out panels
AND AT THE BURBERRY SHOW…
After making her London Fashion Week debut at the Chriistopher Kane show in east London this morning, Samantha Cameron headed west for the Burberry presentation in Hyde Park.
Perched next to the chairman of the British Fashion Council, Harold Tillman and dressed in the same Joseph and Jonathan Saunders ensemble she looked on as Christopher Bailey presented the label's autumn / winter collection.
Attendees were left open-mouthed as heavy showers erupted on the catwalk thanks to the work of a highly-skilled production team.
But the models weren't perturbed by the stage effects as umbrellas sheltered them from the downpour.
Samantha Cameron pictured with Harold Tillman at the Burberry presentation in west London
SAMANTHA CAMERON'S ADVENTUROUS FASHION SENSE
The PM's wife stands head and shoulders above other politicians' wives in their anodyne skirt suits. Never afraid to experiment with colour and print, Mrs Cameron also champions British brands – and often relatively unknown or up and coming brands that are yet to make the mainstream.
Erdem (a Canadian-born, British based fashion label), Jonathan Saunders and Christopher Kane are particular favourites, as well as Burberry andm, of course, luxury accessories brand Smythson, for whom Samantha Cameron works in a part-time consultancy role.
It helps, of course, that SamCam's sister Emily Sheffield holds a senior role at Vogue magazine, meaning she too has her finger firmly on the fashion pulse.
Adventurous fashion sense: Samantha Cameron
chose a printed Chirstopher Kane skirt to host a London Fashion Week
party at Number 10 last year. Right, at a fashion party in Scotland,
SamCam chose bright green