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Monday 11 December 2017

This is how we do fashion . . . our Sonya poses with Sam Cam

IRISH style guru Sonya Lennon nailed her colours to the mast when she visited 10 Downing Street for lunch.

The Off The Rails presenter spent the day at the government building in London yesterday and flying the flag for Irish designers, the trendy fashionista packed a range of home sourced creations to impress the VIPs at the occasion.

The 42-year-old jetted over to meet Samantha Cameron (right), the wife of British Prime Minister David Cameron, after receiving an official invitation for a special lunch.

Sonya, who went along with a host of well-known faces to celebrate her new venture Dress For Success, sported a nude-coloured, three-piece ensemble by Irish couturier Tim Ryan, teamed with a Pauric Sweeney bag, Melissa Curry cuff and an Umit Kutluk coat.



And the broadcaster's choices did not go unnoticed among the guests -- which included luxury label Burberry chief Christopher Bailey.

"Loads of people commented on the outfit, which was lovely -- and it was great to be able to say it was Irish too, that's really important to me," Sonya told the Herald.

"The dress code was loungewear, so basically a step up from daywear.

"I didn't shy away from my usual wardrobe at all, I'm not one to fade into the background by any means. I tend to strive to go over a dress code," she laughed.

While the telly host looked stunning in her attire, she had no idea what her Downing Street wardrobe would look like until yesterday morning. "Tim [Ryan] is a good friend of mine and he knows what I like to wear. He made the outfit for me and I went straight to his studio in London from the airport for my fitting and to see it. I brought a big bag of accessories with me to set it off too -- I was really pleased with the look."

Sonya took on Dress For Success in Ireland a few months ago, following in the footsteps of Samantha, who has been heavily involved in the project in the UK.

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labutler@herald.ie

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