Why Samantha Cameron is still first lady in fashion of political plus-ones at conference time
01:31 GMT, 11 October 2012
Conference time must be the political equivalent of the work Christmas party.
That awkwardness of everyone seeing each other out of ‘the office’ (in this case, Westminster), the subsequent fretting of what to wear to project the right impression, the paranoia that any fashion faux-pas could be caught on camera to languish for eternity on the internet . . .
In recent years, these annual festivals of politics have become a fashion showcase for the plus-ones. Which labels you choose to wear to attend your husband’s keynote speech – and how much it costs – reflects not only on the wearer, but on the party as a whole. So who tops our style poll
Third: Miriam Clegg wore an unforgiving white Henrietta Ludgate dress (390)
Most improved: Justine Thornton wore a Joseph dress (295), has lost weight and had a haircut
Best: Samantha Cameron wore a Joseph (345) with LK Bennett grey Harper hells (195)
Miriam Clegg wore a 390 white peplum creation, created by Scottish designer Henrietta Ludgate.
White is an unforgiving colour at the best of times and this dress was too tight – the peplum couldn’t sit flat to her hips. Despite wearing it with a pair of orange heels from Zara, Miriam’s look was not a vote winner.
Best in show: Mrs Cameron is one of those women who wears clothes well. Now if only her husband could take a leaf out of her book when it comes to footwear
Fashion showcase: Which labels to wear and how much it costs reflects on not only the wearer but the party itself (left is Mrs Clegg and right Ms Thornton with husband Ed Miliband)
The Labour conference saw the unveiling of the made-over Justine Thornton in a navy blue Joseph number (295). Justine’s lost weight, had a haircut, changed her make-up and even employed a stylist. But despite charting significant movement in our style swingometer, she hasn’t done enough to take the crown.
That, of course, goes to the ever fashionable Samantha Cameron, who yesterday took to the stage also in a Joseph number. Hers was the April dress (345), which she teamed with grey Harper heels from LK Bennett (195).
SamCam is just one of those women who wears clothes well.
Now if only her husband could take a leaf out of her book when it comes to footwear.