Did you see (my close personal friend, and one-time guest blogger) Laureen Harper on Thursday when Will and Kate arrived in Canada for their Royal tour? Here are two photos:
This is not great, right?
Personally I don't care for thematic clothes, and the tendency of Canadian female politicians to wear red and white ensembles on and around Canada Day is very cheesy. But when I first saw these pictures I was focused on her shoes. "Did Laureen invent a time machine, travel back to the late 80s and steal these from the wardrobe mistress of 227 who was planning on having Jackée Harry wear these on the Christmas extravaganza episode where Marla Gibbs and Jackée share an emotional scene on the stoop that culminates in one of them asking, Did you ever notice that we live on the set of Sesame Street?"
But it turns out that while I think these shoes are ugly and dated, they're actually new and were designed for the event by this dude. So here's the question, are these shoes ugly or am I completely out of touch with fashion trends?
I do think that Laureen should get partial points for her outfit, considering the spectacularly ugly ensemble worn to the same event by Governor General David Johnston's wife (in the purple):
Good job, Laureen, for avoiding the pitfalls of asymmetrical ruching, sloppy, raw hems, bows and necklaces made out of curtain ties. I'm not even going to comment on the white belt, or the goofy guy you brought as your date.