by Hakim Faiz Baloch
David Cameron said, “Britain faces a simple and inescapable choice – stability and a strong government with me, or chaos with Ed Miliband”.
Theresa May took a liking to the alliterative and has since said little else but, “strong and stable leadership for a strong and stable nation”. This Oxford alumnus doesn’t just make frivolous comments – after all, university taught her to talk the talk and walk the walk or be the topic of a mighty sconce. So ‘strong and stable’ is not just her mantra in politics, but also when shopping for her wardrobe.
The wise witch of the West encapsulates designer and ‘Middle England’ fashion rather flawlessly, with LK Bennet and Russell & Bromley to keep her honest, and Daniel Blake to keep her Brexiteering uniform on top of its own game. The latter is a little known designer who designs and produces his collections exclusively in London – true to the outdated isolationist policy May proposes.
Having made a guest appearance on the BBC’s The One Show, May and her husband were a refreshing addition to modern power couple dynamics. While she single-handedly pilots the nation, pops the collars of her suit jackets and girdles her neck with chunky necklaces to establish the brute force of her policies, he takes out the trash and maintains a little necktie collection. Not much is revealed about this strong and stable powerhouse, other than a recorded admission that she adores shoes, and the power that is vested in them by the fashion gods to break the ice and enhance a carefully constructed image. Kitten heels of all kinds, adorned with sparkling diamonds, bows, animal prints or velvet with a glittery heel, are sneakily chosen such that it adds a touch of the whimsical, the unique and the undeniably feminine to the second female prime minister in Britain’s history.
So ‘strong and stable’ is not just her mantra in politics, but also when shopping for her wardrobe.
May does not deny her gender its due exposure through the medium of shoes, accessories, dresses and the deep raspberry she lines her tight-lipped countenance with. She celebrates her figure in pinstriped dresses, chosen carefully for the dominance and subtle power play of the navy blue. She tops her suit jackets with solid, minimalistic coats – camel coloured and photogenic, capturing a hint of discipline and command. And she even dons the ‘millennial equivalent’ of the coat – the quilted jacket – an essential edge-short of the edgy puffer jacket. She seeks to tell us one thing and one thing alone – a thing that her vocabulary falls tragically short of doing, but her wardrobe masterfully asserts – she is in power and so God help those who stand in the wake of her kitten heel emblazoned wake.