PM in Vogue: Theresa’s £675 les­son in power dress­ing

Daily Mail - - Front Page - By Di­nah Van Tulleken

THE look is for­mi­da­ble, but fem­i­nine. Swathed in navy blue, Theresa May strikes a re­gal pose for fash­ion bi­ble Vogue.

With her grey­ing hair swept con­fi­dently off her face, and her nails painted red, the Prime Min­is­ter sat for cel­e­brated pho­tog­ra­pher An­nie Lei­bovitz. The paint­ing-like im­ages were shot at Mrs May’s coun­try res­i­dence, Che­quers, for April’s US Vogue. One fea­tures the Prime Min­is­ter and her hus­band, Philip, on a wood­land walk.

De­scrib­ing her home life, Mrs May told Vogue jour­nal­ist Gaby Wood that she tends to cook while her hus­band loads the dish­washer. How­ever, she re­vealed Mr May makes a ‘very good mush­room risotto’. THERESA May fa­mously chose a life­time subscription to Vogue as her lux­ury item back in 2014, when she ap­peared on BBC Ra­dio 4’s Desert Is­land Discs.

Now the Prime Min­is­ter can ad­mire her­self on the mag­a­zine’s pages – the ul­ti­mate accolade in the fash­ion world – and she should be very im­pressed with the re­sults.

Serious, un­der­stated and chic, Mrs May’s Vogue shoot is a mas­ter­class in power dress­ing.

Her pre­vi­ous glossy mag­a­zine shoot last year, in which she wore a £995 pair of brown leather trousers, at­tracted com­ment from for­mer ed­u­ca­tion sec­re­tary Nicky Mor­gan, who ac­cused the Prime Min­is­ter of be­ing out of touch.

So this time the fash­ion is far more busi­nesslike – and far more in tune with the Prime Min­is­ter’s own style.

Loung­ing back on a plush green sofa at her coun­try re­treat, Che­quers, the 60-year-old wears an el­e­gant £225 navy tai­lored dress and match­ing £450 wool coat, both last sea­son and by Bri­tish High Street brand L.K.Ben­nett.

The clos­est she got to risque on this shoot was a pair of over­sized pearl ear­rings and vivid red nails. An­other shot cap­tures Mrs May walk- ing in the English coun­try­side with her hus­band, Philip, in a £450 bright red coat and grey £470 jumper from lit­tle known la­bel, Egg, which has a store in London’s Knights­bridge.

The de­signs were care­fully cho­sen; small Bri­tish brands worn by real women who are nonethe­less fash­ion-con­scious.

She set the whole lot off with her own knee­high leather boots – a favourite pair which she’s worn on many pre­vi­ous oc­ca­sions.

An­nie Lei­bovitz was be­hind the cam­era. She has shot ev­ery­one from Kate Moss to Kanye West, and most re­cently the Queen for her 90th birth­day celebrations.

Con­sid­ered one of Amer­ica’s best por­trait pho­tog­ra­phers, she has a set style, with no re­touch­ing or air­brush­ing.

Her shoot shows a women un­apolo­getic about her own power – and who isn’t afraid to show it off through fash­ion.

Great out­doors: Theresa and Philip May en­joy a coun­try walk in US Vogue

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