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Samantha Cameron's M&S dress shock horror

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Kathyis12feethighandbites Mon 19-Oct-09 13:18:51

here, DM I'm afraid

AIBU to find this very funny? It's like the 'Dave cycling to work with his chauffeur right behind him' thing all over again....

choppychopster Mon 19-Oct-09 13:22:18

Typical bloody cameron spin.

I really like the dress and tried to buy it when it first came out months ago, but it sold out straight away, so I did wonder how she managed to get hold of one. Have gone off it since Sam Cam was seen in it though.

ProfessorLaytonIsMyZombieSlave Mon 19-Oct-09 13:24:14


Did you read the Hugo Rifkind "My Week" piece on SC in the Times?

stillstanding Mon 19-Oct-09 13:25:33

Think she looks great. Lovely dress. Couldn't give a fig where it came from or how she got it.

Kathyis12feethighandbites Mon 19-Oct-09 13:26:14

rofl ProfL!

VictoriousSponge Mon 19-Oct-09 13:26:53


VictoriousSponge Mon 19-Oct-09 13:27:18

sam cam

hatwoman Mon 19-Oct-09 13:29:51

pmsl - absolutely marvellous...

ABetaDad Mon 19-Oct-09 13:46:43

Well, I thought she looked really nice in the dress. TBH it was obvious to me that it was not straight off he peg when I saw it for the first time on TV.

HOWEVER, anyone could buy an M&S dress and have it altered to suit their figure. DW always has her clothes altered to suit.

ProfessorLaytonIsMyZombieSlave Mon 19-Oct-09 13:53:56

But very few people can buy an M&S dress that's been out of stock for months and have it recut for them by the M&S inhouse tailoring team. Only people who are, say, members of the minor aristocracy married to influential Establishment figures and who count the Chief Executive among their social circle can do that.

That makes it, while not intrinsically reprehensible (heck, if I had connections I'd probably leverage 'em), an odd thing to do as the subject for a bit of "salt of the earth in touch with the woman on the street" spin.

Kathyis12feethighandbites Mon 19-Oct-09 13:54:04

<impressed by BetaDad's perspicacity wrt women's clothing> wink
How could you tell it was not straight off the peg, ABetaDad?

Sourdough Mon 19-Oct-09 14:14:05

She does look very nice and I'm a bit envy because I'd like one. But calling M&S Chief Exec and have then scour the country followed by personal tailoring doesn't exactly make her 'one of the people'. In fact it sends out the opposite message - I'll get what I want and I'll do whatever it takes to get it. The fact it's from M&S is irrelevant.

ABetaDad Mon 19-Oct-09 14:18:42

I have always been interested in women's clothing and fashion. blush

I could tell that Samantha Cameron's dress had been fitted at the waist. I help DW pin her clothes before they are adjusted by the tailor sometimes. She and I go shopping together and I suggest and help her choose things.

I find the Style & Beauty threads interesting to read but I don't post very often because it sometimes upsets people. Fashion is a very personal thing.

VictoriousSponge Mon 19-Oct-09 14:24:36

is it aABD who has an opinion on denim mini skirts
i LOL at him knowing it wasnt off the peg

yeah right

sarah293 Mon 19-Oct-09 14:25:46

Message withdrawn

Sourdough Mon 19-Oct-09 14:26:07

No, No ABD.

A male perspective can be refreshing, especially if it doesn't request that we all start buying scratchy lace lingerie in red and black which, let's face it, is usually as far as a male interest in women's fashion extends.

Am very envy of my sister whose DH buys her lovely stuff (she still complains about it, miserable cow). My DH has a mahoooooosvive wardrobe and loves buying clothes for himself but thinks my clothing budget need be no more than tuppence ha'penny a year.

Kathyis12feethighandbites Mon 19-Oct-09 14:26:34

I see what you mean, it does fit very nicely.
Nothing wrong with a man being interested in fashion. My dh refused to even give me an opinion on what colour dress to buy the other week hmm
You could always have a female pseudonym for the Style threads. smile Or would that be weird?

stillstanding Mon 19-Oct-09 14:33:30

Is she pretending, Riven? I don't really get that vibe. She liked the dress, she had the connections to get it. Lots of celebrities/people with connections do that.

Kathyis12feethighandbites Mon 19-Oct-09 14:50:59

I can't believe that Samantha Cameron's conference wardrobe was not thought about very carefully by whoever manages the Tory image. That's just the way modern politics is these days, for both major parties.

KERALA1 Mon 19-Oct-09 14:53:39

Not a Cameron fan but poor woman she can't win. I have read in the media

1. Outrageous that she wears a dress from M&S most working women can only afford George at Asda (letters page of mums Mail on Sunday)

2. Outrageous that she doesnt wear a decent designer dress, she makes designer bags, should be supporting British fashion industry etc etc.

So damned either way really she really cannot win. M&S quite a good compromise I thought!

VictoriousSponge Mon 19-Oct-09 14:55:03

i dont giev a shit what she wears
I wouldnt be voting for her anyway
or her
but their PARTY

GGrr at americanisation of GB politics

LadyoftheBathtub Mon 19-Oct-09 14:55:07

Surely nobody's surprised that she can pull a few strings? It's because she's in the public eye and it's good publicity - lots of other high-profile people do the same.

It suits her but I think it's a bit ageing - channelling Maggie Thatcher methinks.

ProfessorLaytonIsMyZombieSlave Mon 19-Oct-09 15:08:40

Nobody's surprised that she can pull a few strings. People are surprised that the Tory publicity machine thought that spinning "Samantha Cameron wears M&S on important occasions" was going to convey any kind of down-to-earthiness when she had pulled quite that many strings to get it.

IMO Samantha Cameron is going to be extremely wealthy and privileged whether she wears a couture ballgown or a Spudulike uniform tabard and hat. All she really needs to do is hit a balance somewhere in the middle, not look ridiculous and put her foot down over being spun quite so much.

Politically I think the best move might have been to get a local dressmaker (who had been carefully vetted to make sure all taxes etc. were paid so no funny business) to run her up something broadly on trend but not OTT or hideously expensive -- then she is supporting local small businesses but not flashing cash around and doesn't get caught out with this sort of thing.

talbot Mon 19-Oct-09 15:18:55

Well I think it's a great pity that she doesn't seem able to feel she can wear the sorts of clothes she would probably naturally choose to wear (i.e. expensive and designer).

Michelle Obama and Carla Bruni spend thousands on designer clothes and look absolutely stunning most of the time. I just wish the British Public would grow up and accept that the wife of the leader of the Opposition / Prime Minister should be able to wear high-end clothes without attracting oppobrium.

squeaver Mon 19-Oct-09 15:22:04

lol at red setter hair


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