Congratulations Harry & Meghan!
We don’t know about you, but we’re still over here swooning from the Royal Wedding. Most of our team chose to get their beauty rest, but Jamie and I (Sarah) were up by 5:30 am to see as much coverage as we could.
Though I wasn’t up in time to see Oprah’s arrival — who knew she’d arrive so early?! — we loved watching the fashion choices of so many notable friends of the happy couple. It was a little like an early-morning, British take on the Met Gala. (No shocker, we thought Priyanka Chopra and Amal Clooney looked incredible in all of their looks from the wedding day.)
But on to the important details … we thought the newly-minted Duchess of Sussex’s bridal look was pretty darn close to perfect.
While we like to think of ourselves as pretty good at our jobs and can usually guess what a bride will wear down the aisle before she even puts on her first gown, we were rather impressed with ourselves calling nearly every detail of Meghan’s trendsetting look.
Here’s the deets …
Jamie and Ana were right about Meghan’s look involving zero lace. While her veil was hand-embroidered with the flowers of all 53 countries of the British Commonwealth and the state flower of California, the dress was completely free of any detail other than exquisite double-bonded silk fabric and six “meticulously-placed” princess seams.
Ana and Sarah were right about her gown’s silhouette. Meghan’s gown, designed by Claire Waight Kelley of Givenchy (a design house to which Audrey Hepburn was notably loyal), was a classic modified A-line shape. While this isn’t exactly a sheath or a fit-to-flare like Ana and Sarah said, it’s the feminine and chic shape we were hoping for at a modern-day royal wedding.
Ana nailed it with her prediction of a high neck or boat neckline. Both of the Duchess’ looks had trend-setting necklines. Her ceremony dress was an open-shoulder bateau, while her reception look was a high-necked halter with a modern, sexy open back.
And, that tiara and veil, though. While I didn’t get my dream of Meghan wearing Princess Diana’s Spencer Tiara, she wore the phenomenal Queen Mary Bandeau tiara, which The Queen graciously loaned to her. Even though we didn’t think Meghan would have a “Princess-Diana-style train,” her veil stretched more than 16 feet behind her serving as the dramatic, Royal Wedding element of her look.
The trends we see coming next …
At NY Bridal Fashion Week in April, our team saw lots of designers offering up clean, sleek designs that move the industry away from some of the more dramatic detailing and full lace that we’ve seen in recent years. The new Duchess of Sussex likely breathed life into that trend that was already waiting on the horizon.
We’re also ready for brides to be more adventurous with their necklines — moving away from traditional sweetheart and v-neck — as well as the length of their veils.
Of note is also the understated jewelry Meghan chose to wear for her ceremony. She wore beautifully small stud earrings as well as a stunning cuff bracelet both designed by Cartier. Both pieces, as well as the Queen Mary tiara, incorporated clean lines that complemented her overall look. The only floral elements in her attire were in her veil’s embroidery.
Meghan’s small nosegay bouquet was quite possibly the sweetest element of her bridal accessories. Prince Harry picked the flowers for the bouquet himself. We have it on pretty good authority from a few of our “Friendors” that clean design in florals could make it’s way back sooner than later. And, while the floral decor at the church had quite a bit of whimsy, we loved that Meghan’s bouquet didn’t take any attention away from her.
Other details we loved…
- Meghan walking halfway up the aisle alone (#girlpower) and Prince Charles, meeting her to escort her the rest of the way to the groom.
- The Kingdom Gospel Choir singing “Stand by Me” and “This Little Light of Mine”
- The 19-year-old cellist, Sheku Kanneh-Mason playing while the couple signed the marriage license.
- Meghan following the royal wedding tradition and leaving her bouquet on the tomb of the unknown soldier
- Meghan’s mother Doria Ragland being the absolute picture of grace while she sat alone to watch her American daughter marry a British prince.
- The message delivered by Bishop Michael Curry – “Imagine a world where love is the way.” Cue, all the heartbeat emojis.
- The cuteness of the bridesmaids and pageboys as they escorted the happy couple.
Want to channel Princess Meghan’s timeless fashion sense on your wedding day? Stay tuned for clean lines and sleek silhouettes coming to Solutions from our favorite designers in the coming months! (Psst. We know it’s not her official title, but we like the ring of “Princess.”)
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