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

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‘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

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Right Is­abel Spearman and Sa­man­tha Cameron at Cefinn’s stu­dio in Lon­don

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