While many might have opted for a sober, serious style to exit Downing Street early, Carrie Johnson paraded in a swash of billowing pink chiffon this morning, as she accompanied her husband, Boris Johnson, to deliver his final speech as prime minister.
Carrie has proven to be no wallflower during the couple’s occupation of the official residence, and it comes with little surprise that she opted to hit a high-fashion note to end their stay with.
The long-sleeved, full-length gown is designed by Harmur, a favourite brand of London’s chic-set. It was founded by sisters Constance and Matilda Murphy and their mother Minnie in 2017, and is best known for their partywear, though they also sell daytime and bridal options.
It was backless, slinky, and silky minis that made Harmur’s name, and appealed to those wanting to expose some flesh, but not necessarily cleavage. The brand describes its signature style as the “backless alternative to conventional low-cut,” and looks range from short, fluro-orange shimmering dresses to golden-sequin halterneck outfits, and leopard-print tops cut out behind.
Johnson did not opt for backless this morning, however.
Her style was elegant, in a maxi dress with floral and pink fabric panels that hugged the waist before flowing into a pleated skirt. It is offically named ‘The Dreamy Maxi Dress Ditsy Floral Fuschia’, and was originally priced at £495, but has been in the sale for £194. It is currently sold out.
Carrie certainly succeeded in standing out from the crowd. Photographs show her joining a line-up of applauding MPs clad in a mixture of mostly unremarkable navy-blue dresses and blazers, while the outgoing Prime Minister stuck with a boxy navy suit and Conservative-blue tie. Meanwhile, the construction of Carrie’s frock hits a balance between flattering and conservative, and glows in its unmissable zingy shade. She paired it with a nude heel and flowing tresses pinned with a green slide clip.
Far from a quiet bow out, Carrie took the opportunity to swish her style loudly for a final hurrah, as her husband announced the anticipated words: “This is it, folks.”