Despite worldwide media focus being on Michelle Obama’s choice of dress at the Grant Park celebration for President Barack Obama, the United States isn’t the only country with distinctive first family style.
Unlikely as it might seem, New Zealand may have its first ever political trendsetter. And no, I’m not talking about John Key. Dressed in hot pink brogues, knee-high socks, a blue dress with black buttons (perhaps her own design?), topped with a black and white piped jacket and an ash blonde, heavy fringed hairdo, newly elected Prime Minister John Key’s daughter Stephie (pictured above) looks to have paid plenty of attention to her eclectic party outfit. And the style? Let’s call it colourful emo.
According to the Herald on Sunday, which ran a Stephie Key cover story on 26 October, the 15 year old St Cuthberts High School student is quite the budding fashionista. Key-the-younger works in a hair dressing salon part time, and was recently a finalist in the Newmarket’s Young Designer Fashion Award competition. (She was awarded Highly Commended.)
New Zealand has had nine years with the childless (but exceptional) Prime Minister Helen Clark. In that time the world has seen the internet explode, teen culture reach heights previously unknown, and countless youth-driven style fads come and go. As the new Prime Minister’s daughter, Stephie Key can expect to receive plenty of media attention – no doubt the New Zealand public will be fascinated by this hip young thing – particularly as she grows up (she’ll be 18 by the time this political term ends).
Will Stephie Key become New Zealand’s first political It girl? Will hordes of teenage girls swarm the stores to replicate her style? And will her love of fashion (and designer ambitions) impact positively on her father’s treatment of the New Zealand fashion industry?
Only time will tell, but something tells me this girl could be Key.