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Housewives are a winner for top de signer Philip

HE'S a royal favourite, but Irish milliner Philip Treacy often prefers designing hats for housewives instead of the likes of Kate Middleton.

The Galway-born extraordinaire said that his favourite client is a mother who has saved up for one of his creations, as it's more meaningful.

"I make hats for the royal family as they obviously wear more than anybody else and are the benchmark for hat wearing because they are so prolific with dressing up," he told the Herald.

"Sometimes you will have a more exciting experience working with a mum who has saved up for a child's wedding and it means the whole world to them, much more than somebody who can buy a hat every day.

"It means more and that's why a hat is an emotional accessory. You're selling dreams to people."

Philip (47) was on-hand to judge the Best Dressed Man at the Dublin Horse Show yesterday.

Accompanied by his partner Steffan Bartlet, he wore a cobalt blue suit by Alexander McQueen with a matching shirt and tie.

The milliner mingled with the punters and was also supported by his model pal Jasmine Guinness, who was casually dressed with no make up and enjoying a day off.

The 37-year-old mum-of-three, who belongs to one of the country's most famous and richest families, is a long-time friend of Philip and famously wore one of his creations on her wedding day in the family castle in Leixlip, Kildare in 2006.

Philip has jetted back to Ireland for the week, making the most of a lull in the industry.

It was his first time attending the "iconic" Dublin Horse Show.

"People associate hats with enjoyment; it's self-expression and it's personal," he said.

The milliner will spend the weekend at his family home in Ahascragh.