Theresa May and Paule Ka


Theresa May knows the benefit of a good, tailored piece. From a navy nipped in suit, to a subtle shift with a not so demure back zipper, sharp tailoring is a staple feature of her wardrobe.

The Parisian brand Paule Ka is helping the PM to achieve this super chic look. Created in 1987 by Serge Cajfinger, the French ready-to-wear brand takes its inspiration from the grace and elegance of 50s and 60s style icons including Jacqueline Kennedy, Audrey Hepburn and Grace Kelly. Geometric, sophisticated detailing is dominant through Paule Ka's pieces, and the brand champions the 'classic with a twist' look which May has spotlighted for many years.

One of May's most recent Paule Ka pieces was the awesome black tunic and trousers she wore to the Conservative Party Conference. Elegant in its tailoring and construction of stretch technical fabric, May took the look one step further, accessorising with a canary yellow utilitarian ottoman belt. Echoing Paule Ka's bold ethos, May chose the Charlize silver capped black suede loafers from Russell & Bromley for her first Conference new shoe debut. The edgy look did divide opinion amongst many fashionistas, but my favourite comparison was that May looked like a superhero. Saving political style one step at a time!

May debuted another new Paule Ka piece at the Conference, selecting the violet Three Tone Dress in technical ottoman and matching Spencer jacket for television appearances and keynote speech prep. It's true blue, and classically elegant thanks to the jacket's back bow detailing. Perhaps one of the PM's favourite new pieces, the outfit made a reappearance on May's recent trip to Spain and to welcome the Columbian President.

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So why might May love Paule Ka? We know she understands the power of a perfectly constructed skirt or trouser suit, but she also likes to have fun with her tailoring. The black and yellow tunic might seem like an unusual choice for a world leader, but her fashion forward thinking and selection of such an item for her first big party political test demonstrates her confidence and attitude to thinking outside the box. May can carry off these bold looks, and this outfit is one of my personal favourites. The violet dress and jacket is a modern twist on the conservative skirt suit, referencing the style of 'formal' business dress, but propelling it firmly into the future.

A browse through the Paule Ka website is a real treasure trove, and there are so many fabulous pieces that I hope May has in her shopping bag. Time will tell if she wears this elegant black and blue bow satin backed dress or this appropriately festive fringed lurex coat - this fashionista's keeping her fingers crossed!
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