March 14th, 2012

Guido’s Fashion Report (US Trip Edition)

As regular readers will know, Guido has always had an eye for fashion.

He thought he’d let GQ’s Olivia Cole, our new fashion correspondent, give us the low down on the US trip though:

“Hot fuchsia pink, a conspicuous absence of a formal jacket for the President’s welcome and stepping off the plane in a pair of skinny black cropped trousers and best-of-British Burberry coat, Samantha Cameron is plainly determined not to look like a cardboard cut out politician’s wife. Let’s remember that it’s not just frocks, it’s business and British business at that. 

The LK Bennett shoes worn so far are, frankly, a bit yawn but on the other hand they are likely to be comfortable and possible to wear for hours at a time (you can’t always say this for more fashionable footwear) Perhaps a £900 shoe is deemed a bit much. Her black trench coat worn yesterday was by Burberry – the pragmatic item mythologized by creative director Christopher Bailey and re-invented every season. Cynics sick of fashion commentary accompanying the Special Relationship love-in should take a look at their bank balance – founded 1856 , Burberry today it’s a FTSE 100 company with an annual turnover of £1.5bn.

As well as flying the flag for an established British success story like Burberry, this touring fashion show is championing emerging London businesses too. Mrs Cameron’s hot pink fuchsia top (with an on trend peplum) and blue, aquamarine and cream dress today are both by one-to-watch Serbian born, London based Roksanda Ilincic. With red carpet fans from Kate Hudson to Cate Blanchett, and Keira Knightley, in recent years her stock has been quietly and elegantly rising. Her signature is brilliant classic-with-a-twist tailoring (her dresses fit perfectly, surely a must have for an occasion in the spotlight). Her always surprising use of colour gives a very modern edge to dresses inspired by Parisian silhouettes of the 40s and 50s. For those that gripe “it cost HOW MUCH”… “£1200 for a jacket… in a recession” it’s worth remembering that for the designers, the resulting publicity is frankly priceless.”

We’ll have the full state banquet report tomorrow…

Olivia Cole is the Literary Editor of GQ. And Neo-Guido’s sister.

159 Comments

  1. 1
    Sams looking glam says:

    A vast improvment on previous PM and wife.

    • 2
      Four-eyed English Genius says:

      Prevuos two!

    • 47
      EdButLookBalls says:

      SamCam looks amazing! Gordon’s beard would wear a nice cork skirt or bark trousers!

    • 105
      Cynical-old-bag says:

      Cherie always looked like a sack of potatoes in whatever she wore.

      You can’t polish poo, can you!

    • 106
      BBC Spokesperson says:

      Stuff the fashion.

      We are extremely angry that Cameron did not invite our Mr Toenails to ask a question at the press conference with Obama this afternoon.

      To invite Sky News, then ITN to ask questions but not the world’s best and most highly regarded broadcaster is quite frankly an insult.

      We will get our revenge.

      • 119
        The BBC says:

        Anyway we are too busy writing the scripts for the outcome of the mayoral election.

        Boris Wins: it was negative campaign and smearing and personal attacks on Ken by the Tories and the right-wing press

        Ken Wins: it’s a verdict on Tory cuts and unemployment, by voting for Ken people have rejected the governments policies, massive swing to Labour, vindication of what Ed has been saying all along, end of years of underinvestment etc. etc

      • 124
        Cynical-old-bag says:

        Toenails is history.

      • 134
        Phil says:

        I’m surprised Robinson had the gall to turn up at all when you consider his pro labour drivel loosely disguised as informed journalistic appraisal interspersed with continuous anti tory inuendo.If there is a pecking order for those being stood up against a wall and shot for standing by and actively supporting Blair, Brown and the rest of the shower, while the country went to hell in a handcart, toenails surely must be in the top ten.

  2. 3
    Passing member of the public says:

    “. And Neo-Guido’s more intellingent and wiser sister.”

    Fixed it for you.

  3. 4
    nellnewman says:

    Sigh of Relief. Whatever we think of cameron’s hit & miss political style – British style of the other sort was spot. So well done cam and samcam.

    No cringing at PM abroad this time.

    • 36
      JF says:

      True. You just know they aren’t going to make fools of themselves.

      • 107
        nellnewman says:

        Or of us which is more important!

        • 139
          Really? says:

          Danny Baker, Britain’s greatest radio broadcaster, used to call his on-air producer ‘the mountain goat’ for her surefootedness on the tricky terrain of live broadcasting.

          We are uniquely possessed of national representatives with similarly exceptional caprine agility, in the persons of the Camerons and HMQ. God bless them.

  4. 7
    Anonymous says:

    Neo Guido’s hot sister surely?

  5. 8
    The Daily Mail says:

    Quite possibly your best posting all year Guido.

  6. 10
    EdMiliband says:

    Did thomeone mention the Fuschia?

  7. 12
    Fashion Bollox says:

    What a lot of crap! Fashion Bollox.
    Cameron’s Misses is extremely attractive in unusual kind of way. She is not at all showy, not one to try and hog the limelight like the fishwife Brown.
    I think Mrs C would still look good in a potato sack. She should bear that in mind should she visit Athens.
    She could do with getting a good dinner down her. Too skinny.

  8. 13
    Rupert my Hero says:

    Our Girls are doing well in representing Britain, bestest Queen in the World, prettiest Princess and a PMs wife to put the frogs to shame, Pity about the Men though, although Harry is doing well.

  9. 14
    Sleepless in Kirkaldy says:

    If she is spending her own money, then she can do what she likes. If the UK designers are loaning her stuff or have given her a good price, that’s fine too.

    Might be a bit miffed if we were paying though.

    Just waiting for the “It shows how out of touch the Prime Minister is with ordinary people” comments to start. You can’t expect Mrs C to stand next to Michelle Obama in something picked up from a charity shop.

    • 85
      Cynical-old-bag says:

      Kate (William’s wife) has shown that you don’t have to spend loads of money to look good. A lot of her outfits were off-the-peg, and she looked really great in them. The one’s I’ve seen her in cost less than £1000, and she’s worn them again. Good value for money, I think.

      • 98
        everyone a sinner says:

        It helps that she’s really fuckable – poor old dim sam found her level with Dave

        • 108
          Cynical-old-bag says:

          “Poor old dim Sam” is not so poor, and not so dim.

          Check her out on Wiki.

          • everyone a sinner says:

            I think that “University” of the West of England probably tells you all you need to know.

          • Susie says:

            Sam Cam makes her money out of scamming pensioners’ electricity bills, Cherie makes hers from asylum appeals. They’re both the same in their own very special ways.

        • 111
          nellnewman says:

          dim sam? but bright enough to know that courting publicity like the letterbox one and gordon’s pr hungry wife is neither atttractive or wise.

          • Cynical-old-bag says:

            I wish people would give her a chance. I don’t think she’s anything like Sarah or Cherie.

  10. 17
    Whendowegetthebill says:

    How much? I could get a suit jacket and 2 pairs of kecks from ASDA for £25! Still we’re all in it together!(except for the Toffs,bankers and the rest of the 1 %)

    • 23
      ragtrader says:

      Obviously an admirer of Gordon’s impeccable taste

    • 25
      Cynical-old-bag says:

      Yes, I know. But would we really want to if we had the choice?

    • 39
      nellnewman says:

      I suspect clothes worn at high profile events like this are provided by the designers at no cost to the wearer. International advertising and invaluable to the British Fashion Industry.

      • 61
        Cynical-old-bag says:

        Not always. Princess Diana had to pay for (some) outfits.

        I thought she really looked great when she got rid of P*rince Ch*arles.

        • 71
          sockpuppet #4 says:

          The world of PR and promotion has come on in leaps and bounds in the last 15 years.

      • 81
        Well it's a thought says:

        So it’s ok for fashion designers to “provide” designer clothes at no cost to the celeb wearer but if a a company gives a “gift” to get arms contracts all hell is let loose, somewhere along the lines we seem to have different levels as to what people consider corrupt practices.

        • 87
          Cynical-old-bag says:

          This is very true.

        • 92
          Cynical-old-bag says:

          When you say “provide”, I think they actually loan them. Bit like the jewellery loaned to stars by Garrod, or Asprey. They have to give them back.

        • 99
          everyone a sinner says:

          corruption is in the eye of the beholder

        • 152
          Tadic says:

          Somethig to do with arms contracts usually being paid for in public money, and involve warmongering Zionazis “somewhere along the line”. Philip Green sending Kate moss some leggings is not going to result in an increase in birth defects and international terrorism

      • 114
        Never Mind the Quality, Feel the Width says:

        You’re quite right I have it on good authority that Slot Gob used to phone up the marketing department of Paul Smiths to demand free suits for the Holy Roman Emperor Blair for his journeys to bring harmony to the empire. I understand that it continued for some time after his elevation to sainthood. With the blood on his hands you’d need some pretty sharp tailoring to feel good about yourself

        • 130
          Cynical-old-bag says:

          That’s not good for Paul Smith.

          I think his clothes are better then Bliar.

    • 122
      Pauper says:

      All on expenses too?

  11. 19
    Cynical-old-bag says:

    Oh, come on Olivia!

    LK Bennett shoes are a bit yawn? I would love to be able to afford a pair of LKB shoes.

    If she spends too much on an outfit it’ll be in print from here to Australia. If there is a conspicuous absence of a formal jacket – so what? She always looks nice.

    Give the woman a chance!!

  12. 20
    Disgusted of Neasden says:

    Neo-Guido’s sister? So no nepotism at order-order.com then?

  13. 21
    Mike Newman says:

    I have a cheap duvet cover exactly the same colours.

  14. 22
    Loungelizard says:

    Had things gone badly wrong for us we could be looking at Diane Fatbutt. Spandex…stretchy Leopardskin aaaagggggggg!

  15. 24
    Anonymous says:

    Don’t believe that it’s just the rich bankers who are greedy pigs.

    Union leaders representing engineering staff have rejected London Underground’s (LU) £850 offer for working during the Olympics because of “unacceptable conditions” attached.

    • 70
      Well it's a thought says:

      Simple do the job or go and get a better job elsewhere, we have lots of immigrants legal/illegal we have the whole of the EUSSR and believe it or not we have millions of Brits without jobs all just waiting to take your cushy number away from you.

  16. 26
    Infuriated of West Mids says:

    Sam Cam AND Olivia Cole in the same posting, Guido? You do know it’s not my birthday until August, right?!

  17. 27
    Shocked of Sheen says:

    Very good report Ms Cole. Thanks.

  18. 29
    Some Geezer wot's a critic himself, after a fashion says:

    Sam the Glam! The Jackie-O of the 21st Century!

    How’s that one going down with the celebrity-news fishwraps?

  19. 31
    Sky's Peter Poofter says:

    What about my vast and varied wardrobe Olivia?

  20. 32
    US $ says:

    Superficial. Typical Yank!

  21. 33
    genghiz the kahn says:

    Sam Cam models the new Arsenal away strip.

  22. 35
    Abu Hamza says:

    Frankly, I hate Jews and I hate homosexuals.

  23. 38
    Diet disaster says:

    I think samcam looks a bit concave. She needs to stand up straight and put a bit of weight on.

  24. 41
    Junior Guido watcher says:

    I see that Olivia Cole judges Talmud things as well

    http://tzvee.blogspot.com/2008/02/charles-saatchi-bad-taste-art-collector.html

    Like a good party goer…

  25. 43
    Plain as the end of your nose says:

    Yes I can see talk of Pepla taking off every Wednesday – now can we replace Richard & Mark with Alex ????

  26. 44
    Icarus says:

    Is the one with the green sleeves Raisa?

  27. 46
    Olivia Dole says:

    The new fashion to die for is killing innocent Afghanis in killer heels. Well those head to toe blue dresses are so last decade.
    Time to walk the catwalk all the way back to the US!

  28. 48
    Junior Guido watcher says:

    Lovely to follow the censorship on this blog

    When it concerns anyone else you publish gossip

    When it affects you CENSORSHIP

    It has become daily !!

  29. 54
    Swiss Bob says:

    Will you be getting a ‘cuisine’ correspondent as well?

    • 59
      Loungelizard says:

      Halal’s Kitchen with Warsi.

    • 88
      Jock Joyce and his Glasgow Kisses says:

      Bog Irish cuisine from the proud Irishman Guido

      But I forgot, he is now a Monarchist and a Union Jack waver..

      Perhaps one day Guido will clarify the situation

      ROFL

    • 88
      Lord Prescott says:

      I coud do that

    • 109
      Some Geezer wot's sussed our hosts don't skip too many meals says:

      No, Guido and Neo-Guido can do the reviews themselves of all the chippies, pizza places, curry joints and Chinese takeaways that they usually patronise when they’re not chowing down in some pub, or when someone else is picking up the tab. A few mentions in the blog or Sunday column ought to result in a free General Tso’s chicken or a kebab somewhere along the line. Can’t leave great steals on meals just for MP’s, can we now?

  30. 58
    Jackie Chan says:

    LOL

    Truth is too hard to accept Hawwy ?

  31. 68

    What’s this all about?

  32. 69
    Yves Saint Laurent says:

    Frankly SamCam’s B’berry coat was far too short

    For me…

    She does not have the “fesses” to go with it

    Also badly cut..

    But Olivia is woinderful with her naive commentaries

  33. 74
    Fashionista says:

    I think Guido and Harry might take a tip or two from fashionista Olivia, don’t you?

  34. 77
    Fashionista says:

    I loove Guido’s fashon taste

    And Harry’s !

  35. 84
    Julian de Pouffe-Couturier says:

    Amateurs.

    And a £900 shoe? Don’t make me scream! You should get two at that price from those nouveau cobblers.

    Oooooh, don’t get me started on that Bur-buh-reh. The hoi polloi have adopted it now and it looks so coarse on them.

    Did I tell you about my new range of chap’s chaps? They’re to die for. And they are so mmmmmmm they make Gok Wan spit!

    Byeeeee for now dahlings! xxxx

  36. 90
    Michael Barrymore says:

    Fancy coming round to my place for a back-stroke in the pool?

  37. 91
    Gordon Brown says:

    I am attractive too

  38. 97
    Legal beagle says:

    Lovely refernced letter from James Murdoch Guido

    Of course he is innocent of any wrongdoing

    Only his lawyers executives and accountants knew about the generalised criminality in News International

    He could never possibly have been informed

    Like his father before and during and his brother before him

    And of course they had no idea of the destruction of thousands of e mails and the pervension of the course of justice

    All clear Guido well done!

  39. 101
    This is disgusting says:

    Wouldnt it be great to be one of the 108 MLAs in Northern Ireland’s Assembly.
    They are to get a £5000 per year increase in their salary.

    Greedy fuckers.

  40. 136
    Foreva Lib Dumb says:

    What’s wrong with the good old fashioned socks and sandals?

  41. 141
    Raisa says:

    Has she got a horse throat?

  42. 142
    Tuscan Tony says:

    I hope Cam wears some eye-wateringly tight cords which expose the contours of the genitals.

    And ditto for Dave, too.

  43. 143
    Susie says:

    Sam Cam is the last in a line of horse wives.

    Cherie was a pit pony, Sarah was a cart horse and Samantha’s a thoroughbred race horse — reinforced by her preference for wearing racing colour outfits (that turquoise block one).

    Can’t we have a normal looking human being married to the PM?

  44. 149
    Jimmy says:

    “As regular readers will know, Guido has always had an eye for fashion.”

    Don’t you mean fascism?

  45. 154
    Not a horse lover says:

    Any chance of some better pics of Olivia? (Just for reference you understand…)

    SamCam’s horsey looking face is a bit of a turn off.

  46. 157
    Magnolia says:

    Samantha did not let us Brits down. Her clothes were lovely. Perhaps a bit too colour block for me in a Bridget Riley sort of way but that style is very fashionable. I’m an old New Romantic and I like a bit of flowery vintage, but she made up for it with her long evening dress which proves that you can wear a strong blue and look amazing.
    That evening dress was perfect. The bloke scrubbed up ok for dinner as well but I just wish our Dave would ditch his horrid navy polos. Never mind the ketchup, what about the faux pas polo?

  47. 158
    Tory in the wilderness says:

    It wont be a “state” dinner, since thankfully our head of state is still Her Maj!

  48. 159
    Arthur Scargill's alter ego says:

    £1200 for a half arsed blouse ?

    That could have fed 1200 of my striking members for 1200 months back in 1981.

    Man against man . Pit against Pit . Forever !!

    ( What d’you mean we have no mining industry any more ? When did that happen ? )


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