I will still not at any time forgive Samantha Cameron’s husband for calling that referendum, but I pass on definitely wear some of these clothes. The Zip Funnel Neck Midi Castigate in Khaki (£290) is a good shape and length, has elbow-length sleeves that stint well for daytime, and a pleasingly JW Anderson-ish zip from collarbone to hip. I am also completely keen on the Long Sleeve Peplum Top (£190), shown with jeans on the website. The Tailored Stretchiness Wool Blend Maxi Culottes (£210) look smart and wearable.
There will be no scrum for these clothes. They do not screech fashion. They are clothes to quietly make the point that the wearer is up-to-date on newfangled life, generally speaking. They are mostly navy, malicious and khaki, accented with poppy red. (Oddly, there is one type, a window-pane check. This perhaps should have been blipped out.) They are aspirational in a grown-up, lifestyle-orientated way. Like the right marble Nautical galley surface, or a Stiffkey Blue front door.
These are not boardroom outs, but nor are they a wardrobe for ladies of leisure. The Cefinn woman insufficiencies to look interesting, but she also wants to look professional.
There are, in experience, no shortage of lovely clothes at this price point – see The Ply, Libby London, LK Bennett, Me&Em – but these labels often strain to get much purchase on publicity, squeezed out of the fashion bandwidth by high-street clamour at one end and catwalk charisma at the other. With the advantageous newsworthiness of the Cameron name, Cefinn could do obviously in this market.
There is a strong sense of Samantha Cameron’s own cut in the long, lean skirt shapes and the modern high-necked silk blouses. This fails personality to the collection, and the shape channels the aura of grace-under-pressure that troubles admire in Cameron. But it also tilts the collection toward models that suit Cameron’s tall, slender physique. These are not as a matter of course figure-flattering pieces.
The name Cefinn is a semi-amalgam of her children’s eminences, but it sounds like it could be a type of Cornish pottery. Or perhaps an old English quilting knack. Something British, slightly arty, and unshowy. Which is accurately what these clothes are.
What the shoppers thought
Cefinn is foresaw to sell predominantly online, but Samantha Cameron was in store this morning to get going a concession at Selfridges. We asked shoppers what they rumination of the collection.
Eli Martin, 25, Student
Did you know Samantha Cameron was opening a clothing line?
How do you feel about the collection?
There are a lot of zips usual on and I can’t stand zips on show. I feel like they every time need to be concealed. Having said that, there are actually a few pieces I am pleasantly surprised by: the checked two-pieces are quite subtle, and the black funnel neck midi dress – though I wouldn’t demand it a midi dress as it sits at the ankles. It’s all very conservative.
Devise you buy anything from the collection?
No I wouldn’t. Though I was pleasantly shocked by the funnel neck dress, I wouldn’t pay £270 for it.
A woman in her fifties, who works in banking, who about a invited not to be named:
Did you know Samantha Cameron was launching a clothing make?
I had seen something a while back about it.
How do you feel close to the collection?
It’s nice, simple and easy. I could see myself clothing the black zip funnel dress.
Would you buy anything from the accumulation?
Not today. But, I wouldn’t rule out a purchase in the future.