Tuesday 16 January 2018

'Styling the stars is way easier than styling my man' - Sonya Lennon

Sonya Lennon and Brendan Courtney
Sonya Lennon and Brendan Courtney
Sonya Lennon revels in her extensive collection of shoes.
Sonya Lennon regularly champions Irish designers on the red carpet
Kirsty Blake Knox

Kirsty Blake Knox

STYLING the stars is easy work compared to your other half.

So says Sonya Lennon, who refuses to give any fashion advice to her partner, even though they've been together for 19 years.

The chic presenter is happily unmarried to David Smith and he is the one person she won't try to dress.

"That would never work," she says. "Definitely not."

The couple have two kids -- twins Evie and Finn (8) -- and grafter Sonya says juggling family and a business isn't easy.

"It is really, really difficult. To say it isn't would be a complete lie. There are plenty of times I wish I was lying in a park enjoying the sun, or at home watching a film with the kids, but this is what I do.

"But I have taken on this for my family. It's for all of us. I have to provide for them."

Sonya says she is not the marrying kind and racing down the aisle in a wedding dress simply isn't her style.

"There was a time when I was younger when I really wanted to get married and thought it would be amazing. But now I'm not sure it would suit me.

"Being married and having a mortgage is too neat and together for me.

"We've been together for 19 years so the commitment thing isn't really that much of an issue."

Sonya and former Off The Rails co-host Brendan Courtney launched their fashion line Lennon Courtney last year and it's going from strength to strength.

Not only have they taken the Irish fashion scene by storm, but UK branches of high street store John Lewis and chic outlet Harvey Nichols will stock their label at the end of the year.

"People are responding to it really well," Sonya said.

"We're already designing for autumn/winter 2014, so that's very exciting.

"I always try to see myself in all the pieces and outfits. That's the idea -- clothes I would love to wear myself."

The pair are known for their quirky cuts and stand-out dresses -- Maura Ryan and model Ruth Griffin are big fans.

But it's Sonya's project Dress For Success that she's particularly excited about.

"Newstalk are now behind it with their Walk The Talk campaign.

"Dress For Success is a no-brainer really; it's asking women to denote cloths they don't wear so unemployed women can change their reality.

"It's so simple, but makes so much sense."

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