Over the years Theresa May’s many jazzy shoes have been noted as the cornerstone of her wardrobe. Yet, the Prime Minister’s strong and stable loyalty to one East London-based British designer could easily be argued as the essential element of her instantly recognisable look.
When Theresa May announced the general election back in April it was done while wearing an asymmetric pinstripe dress with a single button garnish by designer Daniel Blake. On Friday 9th June when May emerged from her Downing Street residence to announce the results of her touch-and-go election campaign she wore a cobalt blue skirt suit by the same tailor. In September, when she met Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau she chose a single-button jacket that flared from the waist for the occasion that was also by Blake. Once again, in October, when the PM headed to the annual Conservative Party conference in Manchester, she took on the world in the very same tailored jacket. And, as recently as last week while addressing the Bank of England, May wore a blazer and skirt in bright blue by the London label.
On the designer's website it explains, 'Daniel designs and produces collections exclusively in London collaborating with British manufacturers, weavers and makers.' What could be more perfect for May to wear while presenting her vision of a post-Brexit Britain?
It’s unfortunate and more than just a little bit amusing that the designer May keeps returning to shares its name with the lead character and title of Ken Loach’s acclaimed anti-austerity film, I, Daniel Blake. From trouser-gate to her over-zealous dedication to fabulous footwear, May’s wardrobe has undergone more than its fair share of sartorial dissection, undoubtedly more than any over PM has ever had to put up with. Yet, there seems something perfectly gratifying that these two names should have aligned themselves.