STYLE SE­CRETS OF THE PRIME MIN­IS­TER:

The Scottish Mail on Sunday - - News - By Kirsten John­son

BRI­TAIN’S new Prime Min­is­ter is well known for her unique and ad­ven­tur­ous sense of style.

While other politi­cians pre­fer to play it safe with plain-coloured suits and footwear, Theresa May likes to add a flash of colour – or even leop­ard print.

Now The Scot­tish Mail on Sun­day can re­veal the de­signer be­hind some of her most vi­brant out­fits is Rus­sian princess and for­mer model Olga Roh.

Moscow-born Mrs Roh, 45, who has walked the cat­walk for Ver­sace and Valentino, founded her Rohmir fash­ion la­bel in 2007 and has bou­tiques in Lon­don, Ber­lin, Zurich and Hong Kong.

She is also the new­est mem­ber of Scot­land’s landed gen­try af­ter buy­ing a crum­bling Aberdeen­shire cas­tle that comes with its own coat of arms and the ti­tle of baroness.

The fash­ion­ista, who lives in Switzer­land, re­vealed she has been work­ing with Mrs May for more than three years and told the MoS she feels ‘lucky to have been given the chance to change her style’.

One of the most strik­ing Rohmir pieces in the PM’s wardrobe is a burnt or­ange, knee-length tweed coat she wore with black-patent boots to meet the Queen at an of­fi­cial event last year.

The Mus­covite princess, whose no­ble fam­ily were over­thrown dur­ing the Rus­sian Rev­o­lu­tion, in­vites her clients to a pri­vate styling area at her ex­clu­sive Rohmir bou­tique in May­fair.

She told the MoS: ‘It is ex­cit­ing news that my client Theresa May is now Prime Min­is­ter.

‘I am lucky to have been given the chance to change her style.

‘She shows that politi­cians don’t just have to wear black and grey – she is will­ing to wear bold and bright colours and pat­terns and ac­ces­sorise.

‘She likes a fem­i­nine, el­e­gant look that is stream­lined. She dares to wear what she likes and doesn’t feel the need to look like ev­ery­one else. She doesn’t have any­one who tells her what she has to wear – which is great.

‘I think her skills as a politi­cian speak for them­self but that her clothes help her stand out and be vis­i­ble. She has her own, strong style. Even when the dress code is dark and busi­ness-like, she wears it glam, ad­ding some de­tails.

‘She’s a mod­ern woman who wants to look good and I am so proud to have worked with her. I ad­mire her greatly and I would like ev­ery woman in pol­i­tics to be like her.

‘She def­i­nitely has less time to go shop­ping now but we hope to be able to help her. I like fash­ion to be fun and I like to make pieces that women look good in and en­joy wear­ing.

‘I don’t make dresses for just one wear – I don’t like to waste the time and the fab­ric – I like them to be suit­able for many oc­ca­sions that can be ac­ces­sorised dif­fer­ently.

‘I mod­elled for 15 years and now, as well as de­sign­ing fash­ion col­lec­tions, I do cat­walk chore­og­ra­phy. I teach the mod­els to smile when they walk and how to hold them­selves well.

‘Women should be proud and clothes should make them feel more con­fi­dent.’

Mrs May said re­cently that she ‘has grown used to the fo­cus on my clothes and my shoes’. She added: ‘As a woman I know you can be very se­ri­ous about some­thing and very soberly dressed but add a lit­tle bit of in­ter­est with footwear. I like clothes and I like shoes.

‘One of the chal­lenges for women in the work­place is to be our­selves, and I say you can be clever and like clothes. You can have a ca­reer and like clothes.’

Mother-of-three Mrs Roh, who ap­peared on re­al­ity TV se­ries Meet the Rus­sians and is a di­rect de­scen­dant of Tsar Ni­cholas II, bought 16th Cen­tury Inch­drewer Cas­tle near Banff in late 2013 fol­low­ing the death of its pre­vi­ous owner, Count Robin de la Lan­neMir­rlees. She and her hus­band Stephan, a Swiss lawyer, paid £400,000 for the crum­bling pile but hope to spend more than £1 mil­lion trans­form­ing it into a lux­ury ho­tel.

In the course of its che­quered his­tory, the cas­tle was at­tacked by the Duke of Cum­ber­land’s forces in 1746 dur­ing the hunt for Bon­nie Prince Char­lie, fol­low­ing his de­feat at the Bat­tle of Cul­lo­den. King Ed­ward VII is also said to have vis-

‘Politi­cians needn’t just wear black and grey’

ited the cas­tle dur­ing his reign. Some of the lat­est Rohmir col­lec­tions were in­spired by the colours of the moss and plants grow­ing on the cas­tle walls and the sur­round­ing Banff­shire land­scape.

Mrs Roh told the MoS ear­lier this year, af­ter she was granted her own coat of arms by the Lord Lyon: ‘I feel like it gives me a tie with Scot­land that will never leave me.

‘I have the ti­tle of princess in Rus­sia but my fam­ily lost their palace in 1917. I wasn’t able to save my fam­ily’s palace but now I have the chance to save a won­der­ful Scot­tish cas­tle and bring it back to its for­mer glory.’

PRINCESS OF STYLE: Olga Roh, who is also a Scots baroness, is proud to play a part in cre­at­ing the im­age of the Bri­tish Prime Min­is­ter

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