How Maggie Would Have Dealt With Legs-It

Shortly after Margaret Thatcher became PM, her press office issued guidance on how to deal with media stories about her appearance. Her spinners would have said legs-it was “trivial and unconnected with her position as Prime Minister”.  

Today Theresa May’s spokesman would not comment on the Daily Mail front page. That would be her spokesman James Slack, just hired from the Daily Mail…

H/T @ralphbuckle / Thatcher Foundation

Get the Look: Theresa May’s £225 LK Bennett Dress in Vogue

Theresa May has been photographed by Annie Leibovitz for Vogue, wearing a navy L.K. Bennnet dress. Guido reckons it is the ‘Saskia Sloane’, which you can buy for £225:

“Saskia means business. This Sloane-blue dress is a timeless office-to-evening essential. Its curved seam detailing will flatter the figure, while the capped sleeves and mid-length finish provide the perfect amount of coverage.”

Theresa has an L.K. Bennett discount card which she uses so much she has to declare it in her Register of Interests…

Oh and the top lines from the interview: she says she rows with husband Philip when she wants to watch crime drama NCIS, and says Donald Trump was being a gentleman when he held her hand. Read it here

Fallon’s Fashion

Following in the style footsteps of Karl Lagerfeld, Marck Zuckerberg and Steve Jobs, the defence secretary keeps it simple with an “edited” wardrobe. Commendable…

Hat-tip: Henry Mance

Guido’s Davos Fashion Report

George Osborne has turned heads with his suit, jumper and trainers combo at Davos this week, complete with a white sole trendy some time in early 2016. He’s with Amal Clooney, fighting injustice in a Chanel haute couture ivory dress on sale at £9,875, styled with a pair of Paul Andrew “Escarpins en daim”, which retail at £290. David Cameron sits back and chillaxes in his natty suede boots, perhaps a new purchase paid for by his speeches in Switzerland this week. Then we have Gordon Brown, who has grown his grey locks long for a slightly Beatles feel. He’s chatting to Shakira, her Latin roots showing through her wavy honey blonde hair with sun-kissed highlights and strawberry blonde lowlights, kept healthy with sulphate-free shampoo. She also poses with Jamie Oliver, slightly out of place with his spivvy over-gelled hair and flasher’s mac. It’s the place to be seen…

Dave’s £225 Swimming Trunks From Designer Notting Hill Shop

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The Sun has snapped some unflattering pictures of Dave on holiday in Porto Vecchio – their headline across a double page spread reads “Blue Whale Spotted Off Corsica”. Even more eye-catching is the fact that the former PM is wearing a pair of £225 swimming trunks. Guido has found them on the swish Orlebar Brown website, which offers pricey “designer swimwear” and “expertly tailored shorts” for gentlemen of a fuller figure. Cameron chose the “Bulldog” trunks, which feature a print of guests around a swimming pool at the luxury Hotel du Cap Eden-Roc in Antibes:

“Based on the traditional 17 piece pattern of a man’s suit trouser, the Bulldog is not just a swim short – but a short you can swim in. A perfect bridge short, tailored for style, comfort and performance. Wear on and off the beach.”

They come in up to a 41 inch waist and have engraved side fasteners to adjust. Get the look here or at any of Orlebar Brown’s shops in Mayfair, Notting Hill and Chelsea…

Grassroots Out’s Green Tie Give Away

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Grassroots Out’s unforgettable lurid green merchandise has been a sartorial highlight of the referendum campaign so far. Fluorescent ties have been spotted regularly around the necks of Peter Bone and Tom Pursglove, while Philip Hollobone has even sported a luminous sports jacket. GO didn’t get the designation, but fear not – the gear can now be yours, for free! Everything must GO from the campaign shop, with the extensive list of available merch including:

  • Posters
  • T-shirts
  • Bags
  • Pens
  • Raincoats
  • Umbrellas
  • Ties (the infamous GO ties!)
  • A variety of leaflets
  • Mugs
  • Keyrings
  • Banners
  • Hoodies
  • Badges

Grassroots Out say:

“please let us know if you would like to load your car up to take back to the constituency”

Own your piece of referendum history…

Ecuador’s Next Top Model

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Milan, Paris, New York, Quito. All global capitals of fashion. And now finally one of them is coming to London. Legendary PR Richard Hillgrove is planning on organising a fashion show on Julian Assange’s catwalk (otherwise referred to as the Ecuadorian embassy) to showcase the nation’s sartorial exports. The event will apparently form part of a week-long fashion week to promote the country’s textile industry, playing host to some of the South American nation’s premier designers and costumes. Luckily for Julian, Guido hears the pale-rapist-locked-in-a-south-American-embassy-look is SO in this season…

Even better for old Julian, we are told that the creative genius and tax optimiser Vivienne Westwoood will be turning up to advise Quito’s fashionistas. Rumours that Assange will be appearing in Zoolander 3 are unconfirmed…

Corbyn Finally Does His Tie Up

Corbyn jokes that Cameron is jealous because “he’s stuck with Bond Street”. Guido thinks he’ll find that Dave’s “Charles Tyrwhitt of Jermyn Street” favourite gingham shirt is also widely available on the high street. Corbyn’s collar still scruffily awry…

Boris’ New Baldness-Battling Barnet

Guido has previously noted that balding Boris is losing his locks, so it is no surprise to see his hair cropped shorter and brushed forward to disguise that thinning top:

It is more flattering from above:

The age old rule in British politics is that bald men in the television age do not beat rivals with a full head of hair. Think Tony Blair versus William Hague, IDS and Michael Howard, nor can we forget Maggie versus Kinnock. In every election the slap-head loses. Could Boris’ new baldness-battling barnet be a sign that his leadership campaign is shifting up a gear?

UPDATE: A friend of Boris gets in touch:

“Don’t get too excited. Cropping shorter isn’t new Mayoral policy, it’s something he revisits every few months with the help of his Turkish barber!”

Guido’s Fashion Tips: Get the Grassroots Out Uniform

Philip Hollobone stole the show at the launch of the third Leave campaign, Grassroots Out. That Union Jack-et proves patriots can show off their Eurosceptic views while channelling Geri Halliwell. 

Now Hollobone’s fellow Grassroots Outer Peter Bone is trying to outdo him for outrageous clobber. Judging by this new green and black “G.O.” tie snapped by Chris Hope.

Get the whole Grassroots Out uniform and have the confidence to strut your away to parliamentary sovereignty…

Will Corbyn Wear White Tie?

Jeremy Corbyn is attending the Queen’s State Banquet tonight, though will he wear white tie? Miliband wore appropriate evening dress at the Palace for the Queen’s banquet in honour of Michael Higgins:

Gordon wooed the Saudis in white tie in 2007:

The Queen’s state banquet for the president of Israel came naturally for Mr Tony:

Here is Callaghan at the Queen’s state banquet for President d’Estaing of France:

Wilson wore white tie:

If Clement Attlee can do it…

Guido will happily pay to rent it for him…

Guido’s Fashion Tips: Corbyn’s Presidential Makeover

Has Jeremy Corbyn had a makeover? The Labour leader stepped up to the despatch box this afternoon in the natty navy blazer bought for him by his sons, classically styled with a crisp blue shirt – complete with collar stiffeners? – and the top button uncharacteristically fastened. Power-dressing Jezza finished his new smart look with a Red tie, unusually neatly done up all the way. Where is the unkempt hair? Cropped shorter to disguise those thinning greys. Where is the straggly beard? Trimmed closer to accentuate his sexy socialist jawline. The new look Jeremy looks positively Presidential…

Sam Cam’s Chic £150 Conference Dress

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Samantha Cameron stepped at conference today in a £150 “poppy red” dress from Whistles. She teamed the textured crepe number that Whistles claims is designed to “flatter the silhouette” with a sensible pair of grey suede heels from L.K.Bennett. It wasn’t just Dave stealing Labour’s clothes…

Alison McGovern’s Shadow Treasury #EverydaySexism

Labour’s City spokesman Alison McGovern is receiving plenty of support after revealing a rather rude letter from a viewer accusing her of deeming it “necessary to demonstrate your cleavage on TV”.

A case of #EverydaySexism for sure, but this is not the first time Alison’s attire has caused consternation.

Attendees at the Shadow Treasury’s pre-Budget briefing with the IFS back in July claimed she “arrived late looking scruffy in a badly-fitting, too tight dress” and spent the meeting “yawning and texting on her phone”. It’s a sad day when Alison can’t convince her own colleagues to maintain eye contact either…

Guido’s Fashion Tips: Labour Leadership Edition

Where does Andy Burnham buy his suits? GQ have asked the big question:

“God, do I have to… This is going to get me in trouble. It’s an Armani suit, this one. [Is it off the peg?] Oh God, yeah. To redeem myself a little bit, I only ever go in the sale time. Boxing Day every year, I take myself off and get two suits at half the price of what they normally are.”

A typical Armani Collezione suit made from virgin wool will set you back the best part of a grand. Burnham insisted his other suits are only Jaeger, where a navy wool mohair modern suit, not dissimilar to the one he is wearing above, costs a mere £700. Liverpool has over a dozen bespoke tailors, man of t’people Andy has his made in Milan…

The Telegraph have meanwhile located Jeremy Corbyn’s vest supplier, Ali Rifat of B&H Quality and Underwear and Socks in Nag’s Head market. He sells ’em to Jez for £1.50…

Ashcroft Offers Labour £100,000 for the #EdStone

The must have accessory for any politico-billionaire…

If you have already been priced out of the auction, you can build your own #EdStone here.

So have Labour smashed it up yet, or not?

Antoinette Sandbach Sabotages Tug of War

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Match report from Macmillan’s annual Parliamentary Tug of War last night:

“The stakes were high for the Commons men who, led by Mike Penning MP, were fighting to secure the winning title for a sixth successive year. The Lords men, who were led jointly by Lord Dobbs and Lord Collins of Highbury, put up a good fight but were no match for the MPs who pulled to victory, with the likes of Chris Law MP and Alec Shelbrooke MP at the end of the rope.”

Meanwhile the female MP’s team lost again, amid whispers that the team’s leggy front woman Antoinette Sandbach sabotaged her own side by turning up in a pair of calf-length street boots. One onlooker was heard muttering:”it’s like turning up in high heels” as the ladies trudged away with their runners up medal…

Sam Cam Bacon Roll Sham?

Did Samantha Cameron actually touch that bacon roll this morning? We can’t find any pictures of her consuming a mouthful of bacon roll, though we’re told “she did pick at it”.  After the Miliband bacon roll debacle it looks like Sam thought it was a photogenic risk too far…

In other news usually reliable source say she was wearing Sam Cam is wearing a dress from Hobbs and High Street high heels from Zara. Just so you know…

UPDATE: Ruth Davidson, the leader of the Scottish Conservative Party, gets in touch:

I can confirm (as I was sitting two places from her) Sam had lorne (square) sausage and fried egg in her roll. She ate it all, bar the lid (it was a pretty big roll and a lady never likes to carb up on too much bread of a morning). There may have been cutlery involved to avoid any Miliband-esque embarrassment…

Ruth, shouldn’t you be prepping for the Scottish Leaders’ Debate? Or is reading Guido prepping?

Fifty Shades of Osborne: Chancellor Grey

Osborne has confounded the bookies yet again, this time with a grey tie. Bang on trend for anyone looking to inflict pain…

Vivienne Westwood’s New Shoes Made From Fossil Fuels

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Multi-millionairess anti-capitalist Vivienne Westwood has been a prominent voice in the anti-fracking movement, claiming that the human race faces mass extinction unless drilling is stopped. These are her latest must have item, a pair of sharp-looking £185 loafers made from PVC. […] Read the rest

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