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Wednesday 22 November 2017

Sonya's Downing Street dilemma

OFF THE RAILS host Sonya Lennon is off to 10 Downing Street.

The fashionista has received an official invitation from the wife of British Prime Minister David Cameron to attend a special lunch.

The stylist is set to flaunt her award-winning style in front of Samantha and a group of VIPs in London next month, to celebrate her new venture Dress For Success.

Sonya took on the project a few months ago, which sees the fashion guru style women who are disadvantaged and unemployed, to help them land a job. But before Sonya started the business here in Ireland, David's wife Samantha had been heavily involved in the organisation's UK work.

Speaking to the Herald, Sonya (42) said she was thrilled to be invited but admitted for the first time in her life, she had no clue what she was going to wear.

"I am absolutely thrilled to be going over. For me to be invited is just amazing.

"Samantha Cameron is involved in the UK version of Dress For Success and they are celebrating their 10th anniversary. It's so nice that they are including the Irish side of the business. It's a great validation for everything we have been doing," she said. "Samantha is a very stylish woman herself, so for the first time I don't know what to wear to an event. It says that the dress code is 'lounge wear' on the invitation and I'm looking up what the definition of that means because I have no idea.

"I'd say it will be quite casual sophisticated. I won't be showing up in Cabaret that's for sure," she joked.

Meanwhile, the stylist, who is writing a new fashion book with Off The Rails co-host Brendan Courtney, admitted that the pair have been pushing each other to get the first draft finished.

"I couldn't do it without him and vice versa, we really egg each other on. The one good thing is that we aren't suffering from writer's block or anything like that.

"We're not worried about coming up with themes and character plots, we are literally just writing what we know. The first draft has to be in by the end of January so it's all deadlines right now," she explained.

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