After Lady Hale delivered an unlawful verdict in the case against Boris Johnson’s prorogation wearing a daring spider brooch, the internet is desperate to get a piece of the look.
The internet is a weird and wonderful place on even the worst of days, but today it really reached an unforeseen level of gloriousness.
Following the announcement that the UK’s supreme court had ruled Boris Johnson’s prorogation of parliament as unlawful, a T-shirt exclusively designed to mimic the black shirt/spider brooch combo modeled by our newest national treasure – supreme court president Lady Hale – has gone viral.
Let me explain if you’re not caught up on the whole situation. Lady Hale, who became the first female president of the Supreme Court in 2017, is known for wearing brooches. Any quick google will present you with the evidence: from butterflies to spiders, flowers to the occasional frog, she’s rarely seen with out one.
So when the internet caught a glimpse of Lady Hale wearing a creepy-looking spider brooch to deliver the unlawful verdict this morning, they were obviously obsessed.
“Can we not lose sight of what’s important here: what an absolute brooch icon Lady Hale is,” one Twitter user wrote.
“Give Lady Hale and her giant spider brooch a statue you cowards,” journalist Kirsty Strickland added.
But you’d be mistaken if you thought the whole saga ended there. Searches for well-known brooch brands TH Baker and Goldsmiths have increased by over 100% compared to yesterday, according to data from vouchercodes.co.uk. And while it’s only been just over six hours since the unlawful verdict was actually delivered, someone’s only gone and made a brooch-print t-shirt.
That’s right, anyone can now master the Lady Hale look with a T-shirt adorned with a print of her spider brooch. While the original shirt, which was produced by clothing company Balcony Shirts, has now sold out, it was bought over 6,500 times and raised £18,000 for charity. The brooch even sparkled, people.
But don’t worry if you want a piece of the action – there are now multiple copy cat versions on sale across eBay, with most continuing to dedicate a portion of their profits to charity (just look out for the official eBay charity ribbon).
And the best thing about the whole thing? 30% of the profit made from the shirt will be donated to homeless charity Shelter – so you can jump on the viral sensation and do some good too.
Images: Supreme Court/Balcony Shirts