Power dressing: Samantha Cameron
From forgotten bras to ripped dresses, the former prime minister’s wife suffered plenty of wardrobe malfunctions during her time at No 10 – and survived with help from her special adviser, Isabel Spearman. Now the pair are using the style secrets they lea
‘YOU DO YOUR BEST to make it look effortless and natural,’ says Samantha Cameron, currently looking effortless and natural at our 8am breakfast meeting (and she’s already eaten with the kids). ‘But the reality is that when you’re being photographed getting in and out of cars and have lots of photographers at your feet, in some cases sort of looking up your skirt, you have to be really prepared. And if you’re going to get up on a stage at a party conference, having sat down for an hour watching your husband, obviously adoringly, as he’s giving his speech, you don’t then want to look like a crumpled wreck when you get up there.’
As the prime minister’s wife, the first lady of sorts, for six years, looking perfect – appropriate, diplomatic, patriotic, supportive-but-not-statement-making – was part of the job, whether Samantha wanted it or not. She navigated the minefield with special adviser Isabel Spearman as her right-hand woman.
Isabel liaised with the offices of heads of state, worked on speeches and arranged charity receptions, but the only part of her
Right Isabel Spearman and Samantha Cameron at Cefinn’s studio in London