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Irish fashionista Molly (12) gets style advice from Kate Middleton

Published 09/11/2013 | 15:11

Molly Parmeter
Molly Parmeter
Molly Parmeter flanked by founders of Chic & Cheerful boutique Sam Poynter and Emma Rorke ( correct )
Molly Parmeter flanked by founders of Chic & Cheerful boutique Sam Poynter and Emma Rorke ( correct )

It's not everyday one receives sage sartorial advice from the Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton.

So 12-year-old school girl Molly Parmeter couldn't believe it when a thick embossed letter from Saint James's Palace arrived on her doormat.

Carlow native Molly had written a letter to the princess asking her to describe her favourite item of clothing.

The young fashion follower was writing a fashion book for a school project entitled Molly's Style Icon's.

"It was a beautiful envelope from Buckingham Palace," Molly explained. "But we laughed because Michael Flatley's envelope was actually a lot nicer. Michael's envelope was lined with a gold leaf and it said Castle Hyde in gold also."

Molly wrote to over 50 fashionistas asking them to describe the most loved item of clothing in their wardrobe.

The Duchess of Cambridge wears Alezander McQueen for the christening of her first child, Prince George (WPA Pool/Getty Images)
The Duchess of Cambridge wears Alezander McQueen for the christening of her first child, Prince George (WPA Pool/Getty Images)
For a rare night off mummu duties, she donned a black ballgown for a gala dinner (WPA Pool/Getty Images)
For a rare night off mummu duties, she donned a black ballgown for a gala dinner (WPA Pool/Getty Images)
DARWEN, ENGLAND - APRIL 11: Kate Middleton waves runners over the finish line during a 100m sprint at Whitton Park on April 11, 2011 in Darwen, England. With less than three weeks to go until the Royal Wedding Prince William and Kate Middleton are making one of their final public appearances. (Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
DARWEN, ENGLAND - APRIL 11: Kate Middleton waves runners over the finish line during a 100m sprint at Whitton Park on April 11, 2011 in Darwen, England. With less than three weeks to go until the Royal Wedding Prince William and Kate Middleton are making one of their final public appearances. (Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

When they replied she would sketch the cherished item and add it to her book. Ever the diplomat Kate Middleton said it was impossible to choose one item over another; favouritism is clearly not her style.

But plenty of other well known faces had no problems picking out their favourites.

Contrary to expectations, Lord of the Dance Michael Flatley didn't go for a flamboyant silk shirt or hard-soled shoes but a retro style trilby hate.

Senator David Norris picked a pair of snakeskin boots. "Everyone explained why the item meant something to them," Molly said.

"David Norris got the boots when he was in Austin, Texas and said they reminded him of the trip."

Broadcaster Brendan Courtney picked a vintage tweed suit and Shelly Corkery, fashion director of Brown Thomas went for her prized Louboutins.

Boxer Kenny Egan decided on that infamous denim jacket.

Once she finished the book, she sent a copy to Terry Prone who passed it on to her publisher. "The launch is this Sunday and I've very excited but a tiny bit nervous," she said.

The book, €20, is available in Brown Thomas and proceeds will go to Chic and Cheerful charity boutique in Carlow.

 

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