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Suzy Menkes

Vogue International Editor Suzy Menkes is the best-known fashion journalist in the world. After 25 years commenting on fashion for the International Herald Tribune (rebranded recently as The International New York Times), Suzy Menkes now writes exclusively for Vogue online, covering fashion worldwide.

#SuzyLFW Is Topshop Angling To Dress The Prime Minister's Feet?

Theresa May's fascination with footwear seems to have rubbed off on the fast fashion brand

19 Сентября 2016

Streamlined, good-for-the-office clothes were the fashion norm at Topshop Unique — give or take a zebra patterned dress and a hot pink coat.

Maybe it was the absence of Sir Philip Green, the fashion tycoon who has been backing young British fashion designers, but is now heavily criticised for his handling of the sale of other investments.

Or could it be that Theresa May, the UK's post-Brexit Prime Minister, has made her thumb mark on fashion? Or should that be "foot stamp"? 

Known for striking animal print or scarlet lip-patterned shoes worn with her bland, boardroom wardrobe, May was open about her love of footwear when she invited a fashion crowd to 10 Downing Street to celebrate London Fashion Week.

"British fashion is of huge importance to our country, contributing £28bn to the UK economy and supporting nearly 900,000 jobs," the Prime Minister said.

“I am proud to say that our British fashion industry is a global leader in trade, creativity and innovation. The value of UK fashion exports was £5.8bn in 2015 with British brands such as Burberry, Alexander McQueen and Sophia Webster in demand by international markets including the USA, Japan, France and Italy."

On her feet were the red lip pumps.

Perhaps Topshop is angling for the Prime Minister as a customer, as the stand out at the show was footwear — mostly medium back-to-the-1980's suede pumps in bright colours.

Orange boots and the closed-in shoes were worn with short skirts, maybe longer in side slit PVC. It was hard to know if the zebra dresses were made to match the shoes or vice versa.

Surely Theresa May, who is having to fight like a tiger for Britain's new place in the world, will find the animal prints irresistible.


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