From royals to celebrities, we absolutely loved watching Prince Harry and Meghan Markle tie the knot over the weekend. There was simplicity, there was glamour, and there wasn’t a dry eye in the house as the couple made their vows on their special day.
But let’s talk style! Meghan delivered simple sophistication that had everyone questioning whether she played it too safe and too understated, but we think her ice white Givenchy gown, designed by Clare Waight Keller, was a red hot choice for the new Duchess of Sussex. As British Vogue’s fashion critic Anders Christian Madsen said earlier this week, “it was contemporary royal elegance…romance without fuss.”
We couldn’t agree more about the double bonded silk gown.
And yes, there were constant comparisons being made with Kate Middleton’s buttoned-up lace gown from five years ago, but Meghan was ravishing in her timeless piece, and it actually reflected on old Hollywood – picture the graceful Audrey Hepburn who used to wear shoulder-framing bateau necklines in decades past. It was old movie star glamour. And what’s more, the lack of embellishment in Meghan’s dress broke with royal tradition with no elaborate beading or lacing.
What featured with her dress was her hand-embroidered silk tulle five-metre long veil with flowers representing and paying tribute to all 53 countries of the Commonwealth. Meghan also incorporated two flowers with personal meaning – a Wintersweet which is grown outside her Nottingham Cottage home with Prince Harry, and California Poppy, the state flower from her place of birth.
The bride ditched her signature chignon and wavy tendrils for a series of coils pinned along the back of her head; and her hair was centre-parted and tucked behind the ears, while the Queen Mary tiara was placed on top of her head with the veil. The man responsible for Meghan’s hairstyle was Serge Normant, and her loose face-framing pieces were a nod to her signature chignon.
As with her dress, Meghan walked down the aisle of St George’s Chapel sporting very simple white silk duchess satin pumps based on a Givenchy refined pointed couture design – the perfect design complementing her wedding gown. And it truly signified her fondness for designer footwear, as she is often seen wearing Manolo Blahnik, Sarah Flint and Stuart Weitzman.
The shoes may well have been a version of those seen on the Givenchy Haute Couture runway in Paris earlier this year, with many models wearing pumps with a pointed toe.
Which brings us to the topic of guests! One of our favourites was Amal Clooney, who wore a honey-yellow midi dress with side drape detail in silk by Stella McCartney and a headdress by Stephen Jones. She too took to the trend when it came to pointy shoes, and complimented her outfit with shiny metallic gold Gianvito Rossi pumps boasting a pointy-toe silhouette. With the heels on those babies, we’re really hoping she had Starlettos in her clutch to protect them!
Another look that took our breath away was Lady Kitty Spencer’s sensational emerald green floral Dolce & Gabbana dress with a matching Philip Treacy fascinator, along with brightly coloured orange Dolce & Gabbana pumps. Princess Diana’s niece was the epitome of royalty, and we’re wondering with the big trend last weekend of pointy and high heels, how many ladies thought of protecting their footwear from lawns and pebbles with a pair of Starlettos?
Even after having to attend the ceremony as well as the reception, our Crystal Slippers would have definitely helped save sore feet in true Cinderella-style.
The lavish wedding of Meghan and Harry was certainly a fashion lovers paradise, and we just can’t get enough of all the styles that were put on show at the weekend. It was certainly an event to remember, and with Meghan now officially a Royal, we’ll be keeping a close eye on her outfits – and more importantly, her shoes!