Ever since Meghan Markle embarked upon her royal visits with Prince Harry, she's been wearing clothes designed by British brands. On her first royal duty in Nottingham, Meghan wore a beige skirt designed Sunderland-born creative director Louise Trotter. Her handbag, which was sold out in minutes, was a product of Edinburgh based label Strathberry. A few weeks later, she supported local welsh brands when she visited Cardiff. It seems like Meghan's clothing is underlined by her enthusiastic effort to promote and support British brands.
It's no coincidence that she wore £56,000-worth Ralph & Russo chiffon and tulle gown for her engagement photos with Harry. The black sheer dress, which appeared on the British designers' Autumn/Winter 2017 collection, looked appropriate for a red carpet event. However, Meghan is all about projecting herself as a modern royal just like her fiance has been doing for years now.
Buckingham Palace hasn't yet released an official statement on who will design Meghan's wedding gown but it is perhaps safe to say that Ralph & Russo, the designer duo, might just create a gown that will find an iconic status. The Australian designers, who met in London and founded the brand in 2006, is famous among celebrities and Meghan is, after all, from a world that's far removed from the traditions that dictate the royal family's life.
Meghan has already fallen in love with the creative talents of Ralph & Russo and the designer duo's Spring/Summer collection at Paris Fashion week projected their ambition to dress a royal bride. Among the stunning gowns that graced the runway at the world's fashion capital, one gown stood out.
It was a duchess bridal gown, embroidered with pearlescent microbeads, Swarovski jeweled leaves, silk floss flowers and intricate metallic silk thread-work. It is a gown fit for a royal wedding and we won't be surprised if Meghan walks down the aisle in this stunning creation. The actress would add a touch of Hollywood glamour to her wedding by wearing a dress that's already appeared on the runway.
As for her reception, Meghan might choose another British designer, possibly one who's more modern. Jenny Packham is a favourite of the royals. Kate has been spotted wearing the designer's gowns at functions that are informal. More recently, Prince William's wife wore a elegant blue gown to London's Palladium theatre at a Royal Variety programme.
If Meghan wears this Ralph & Russo creation, it would be in stark contrast to how Kate Middleton went about selecting her wedding dress. The Duchess of Cambridge's satin gown incorporated Kate's own ideas and designer Sarah Burton's "deep knowledge and understanding of high fashion," according to The Mirror.
Of course, Burton who designs for Alexander McQueen, denied her introducing her own ideas when creating Kate's wedding gown but reports suggest that she was present in the days leading up to the royal wedding. In fact, she even received an invitation to attend the wedding.
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