By Sarah Phillips / UK politics
Samantha Cameron, the wife of the Tory leader, David Cameron and the creative director of the stationery firm Smythson, has revealed in an interview with Harper's Bazaar that she fantasises about dressing like Gwen Stefani.
Ms Cameron, 36, told the US fashion magazine:
"She's kind of my alter ego. Not that I'd ever dress like her, but in a different life, I've always wanted to dye my hair blond. Every time I see her, I go, God, I wish I looked like that!"
For those not in the know, Stefani is the lead singer of the Californian punk band No Doubt who has enjoyed a successful solo career over the past few years.
Her style is part-urban (baggy combat trousers, crop tops and big trainers), part-50s glamour (she was aptly cast as Jean Harlow in The Aviator) and part-Harajuku girl (after the kitsch fashionistas who hang out in the Tokyo district). She has also always been renowned for her bleached blonde hair, which, considering her 30-year musical career, must be due to fall out quite soon.
As an inhabitant of the popular Tory settlement of Notting Hill, Cameron is part of a fashion-conscious, expensive-boutique-congregating set. Yet her look has always been along the lines of more reserved musicians, Norah Jones for example, rather than that of stylish Stefani. The only previous suggestion of a wilder side was the revelation that she has a small tattoo of a dolphin on her ankle, more often than not hidden away by a sock.
But Cameron can't be alone in this forced oppression of her true sense of style within the political realm. Who could be the fashion "alter egos" of Sarah Brown, Lady Elspeth Campbell, Cecilia Sarkozy, Joachim Sauer, Cherie et al? And should Sam Cam get a single out in time for Christmas?