In the main picture, Rev Hitchiner is reclining on a leather chair wearing a ￡480 black leather jacket by Frances Leon, a ￡505 Prada top and tight silver leather trousers by the Mother label that come in at just over ￡1,000. She also wears ￡535 leopard print Christian Louboutin heels, that rest on a leather stool.In one shot, a heavily kohled eye gazes sultrily at the camera beneath a ￡239 Andrew Wilkie leopard coach outlet online skin hat set at a flirtatious angle, covering her other eye. Her blood red lips pout above cheap coach bags her sharply white dog collar.In another picture, the vicar poses in a ￡1,025 blue, back and cream Stella McCartney top, accessorised again with her dog collar.
Another uber-trendy picture sees Rev Hitchiner in a ￡646 black skirt by Graham & Spencer, ￡209 Sandro top, ￡355 shiny blazer by The Kooples and ￡995 ankle boots — again by Louboutin.Few of her flock can afford to wear such clothes — though in fairness, Rev Hitchiner borrowed them for the shoot. On her modest vicar’s stipend, her label of choice is the fashionable but infinitely coach outlet online cheaper Top Shop.But Rev Hitchiner certainly enjoyed herself. ‘Wearing a dog collar in a fashion shoot was quite a powerful experience,’ she declared afterwards, in a game attempt to give her day of dressing up in designer gear some sort of theological perspective.
The fashion shoot appears to be some sort of response to last month’s vote by coach outlet online the Church of England’s governing General Synod, which decided against allowing women to become bishops.After agreeing to ordain women priests back coach outlet in 1994, it has taken until now for the vote for women bishops to take place. As a consequence of its failure, the schism between CoE ‘traditionalists’ and ‘progressives’ is wider than ever.There is no need to spell out whose side Rev Hitchiner, who had been mooted as a future bishop, is on. After all, would a ‘traditionalist’ wear Louboutin leopard print heels?
Exactly. It’s a look that hasn’t been received quite so well by the Church’s more traditional followers. But Rev Hitchiner believes she is not coach handbags outlet alone in the clergy in enjoying the frivolities of fashion.Explaining that many priests like to ‘accessorise’, louis vuitton handbags she says: ‘Everything in life has two sides. It’s not that the Church of England is perfect and that twinsets and pearls are perfect.It’s not that some supposedly frivolous areas in life are not worthy enough for God. The fashion industry coach factory outlet is important. Obviously, Nietzsche said a lot of things about God I don’t agree with, but there’s his theory that beauty makes you good, that engaging with things that are beautiful is an antidote to the ugly and the difficultHistorically, the arts have been honoured by the Church as a spiritual gift, and the first spiritual gift mentioned in the Bible is craftsmanship.’
Indeed. The great cathedrals of Europe, the Renaissance painters, Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel. The list is a long and fine one.Now to add to it we have Christian Louboutin’s leopard print heels and a Stella McCartney top.