I kinda pushed this post until the very last minute. I have been enjoying covering Cannes and waiting to see if we would get the scoop on any more of the guests attending tomorrows much anticipated royal wedding of Prince Harry and American actress Meghan Markle. This week the wedding has been plagued with trials and tribulations which have lead to Meghan’s father undergoing heart surgery which means Prince Charles will walk Meghan down the aisle. (Does anyone else think #FuckThePatriarchy and let Meghan’s mom, an actual blood relative, walk her down the aisle?) Rumors have also been swirling about who will be dressing the princess-to-be. That is what we are going to be focusing on here. I think that the most intriguing rumor out there has been that we will see Riccardo Tisci’s first creation (or Christopher Bailey’s final) for Burberry. Other designers have included Erdem, Stella McCartney, and David Emmanuel (who designed Princess Diana’s wedding gown) have all been thrown out. I went to the runways (and lookbooks) to find 5 looks (and then one sketch that has been thrown around as an idea for her to wear) for the most anticipated wedding of the year. I have to say that Meghan Markle is no Princess Diana or Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge but I am hoping that she will still be able to hold her own as she walks down the aisle tomorrow. My first pick for Meghan is the most daring, and the least likely. I would love to see Meghan step out of her car and walk down the aisle at St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle wearing this strapless blush and champagne tulle Vera Wang Spring 2019 Bridal gown which features a bustier bodice with a sweetheart neckline, ball skirt, avant garde peony embellishment, and dramatic train. Vera Wang has denied rumors that she will be dressing Meghan tomorrow, and this gown is totally against everything royal protocol stands for, but I totally think that this would be an iconic moment for the actress turned princess. The accessories I want to see Meghan wear are the same across the board. I think that a cheeky statement to add to her look would be a pair of Sophia Webster ‘Royalty Tiara’ velvet crystal embellished sandals customized to be blue and white instead of pink, a sleek updo, defined eyed, soft pink lips, and the lightest touch of blushing pink cheeks. One of the biggest things that people are rumoring about is what tiara, if any, that Meghan will wear tomorrow. We know that she won’t be wearing the same tiara that Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge wore because it is currently on display in an exhibit about Cartier jewels in Australia. She has been rumored to wear the Spencer tiara (which Princess Diana wore for her wedding) and the Cambridge Lovers Knot tiara, but both of those are more extra than we are seeing from Meghan. The one I would pick for Meghan is a true antique with the Strathmore Rose tiara. The Strathmore Rose Tiara was a gift to Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon from her father, the Earl of Strathmore, for her 1923 wedding to the Duke of York, the future King George VI. The tiara features a garland of wild roses in diamonds mounted in silver and gold and I think is more of a bohemian take on a princess tiara and I think that it is perfectly in line with Meghan’s style. As the news of Meghan’s engagement to Harry was announced back in November the first designer that I thought of for Meghan was Carolina Herrera. There has been a lot of mixing of British and American cultures so I would love to see Meghan wear an American designer for her wedding and the simplistic elegance of Carolina Herrera is the perfect embodiment of that idea. As soon as I saw this ivory knotted portrait neckline ball gown in the Carolina Herrera Spring 2019 Bridal lookbook that I am really sure that Meghan would look so effortlessly elegant wearing this creation. It is totally against the rumors that Meghan’s gown is heavily beaded, in fact this gown is the exact opposite, but I think that this would be a really beautiful moment for the princess-to-be. With this look I would add a really chic beaded lace trimmed veil to add some sense of traditionalism to the look.
For the third gown I’ve optioned for Meghan to wear as the walks down the aisle at St. Georges Chapel is from one of her future Sister-in-Law’s go to designers, Jenny Packham. This oval neckline, off-the-shoulder Jenny Packham Spring 2019 Bridal gown which features a lace embellished bodice and dramatic tulle ball skirt is another one that as I was perusing all the new bridal collections that I immediately pictured Meghan being able to wear. It is the easiness of this gown that just comes across as princess-y but with a bohemian twist, making it the perfect look for Meghan to wear for her wedding.
Ball gowns are the name of the game traditionally when you think of a royal wedding, but there have been some non-royals who have married into royal families that have bucked that tradition. One of my favorite non-ballgown royal wedding gowns is the custom Armani Prive gown that Charlene Wittstock wore when she became the Princess of Monaco. Meghan could very well deliver a chic moment in more of a fit and flare silhouette like this Monique Lhuillier Spring 2018 Bridal gown which features a lace bodice with a v-neck and long sleeves, a ruched cummerbund waist, and a satin skirt.
The most rumored about brand to design Meghan’s dress is Ralph & Russo. Meghan wore a gown off the British couturiers Fall 2016 Couture runway for her and Harry’s engagement portraits, and as far as mixing princess and Hollywood the brand (which dominates all of the major red carpets) would be a perfect option for Meghan to bring to life on her wedding day. Ralph & Russo has not officially launched a bridal line (yet!), but they close their couture shows with the traditional bride (as does Chanel, Jean Paul Gaultier, Elie Saab, Zuhair Murad, and Georges Hobeika.) So I went to the couture runways to find a perfect gown for Meghan and when I saw this ball gown which features intricate 3D embellishments, sheer long sleeves, a modesty paneled bodice, and a dramatic train on the runway of the Ralph & Russo Fall 2015 Couture presentation I thought about how beautiful it would be a beautiful moment. This is a princess moment. This is the moment people are hoping for. But I feel that with the more low key event (when compared to Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding) will have less of the typical “princess” gown than we saw from Catherine’s custom Alexander McQueen gown. I also love the matching veil of this gown and I do think that it would be a really beautiful moment for Meghan. All of the major fashion publications including Brides and Women’s Wear Daily have reached out to countless designers, both whom have bridal collections and those that do not, to create sketches of gowns they would create if they were commissioned to create the royal wedding gown. My favorite of them all came out of Women’s Wear Daily and this sketch by Pierpaolo Piccioli for Valentino. This white beaded tulle gown which features ruffled cap sleeved and dusty rose ribbons is beautiful. It reminds me to a degree of the Valentino Spring 2018 RTW gown that Kiera Knightley wore for the London Evening Standard Theatre Awards but done in a much more dramatic manner. It is angelic and bohemian and I think that it would fit perfectly with Meghan’s sense of style. Now that you’ve seen the six gowns I would love to see Meghan wear for her wedding I have some wishes for the guests who are expected to attend. Obviously Meghan’s new sister-in-law Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge will be on hand, but will be a guest as she won’t be in the wedding party. I went to the same designer rumored to be dressing Meghan for the perfect dress for Catherine to wear. I saw this blush pink Ralph & Russo Spring 2018 Couture cap sleeve coat dress which features a belted waist and a pleated skirt on the runway back in January and Catherine was the first person to come to mind. She has surprisingly never worn a Ralph & Russo gown before, but I think that this would be a really chic moment for her to wear to wear for her brother-in-law and Meghan’s wedding. This dress is slightly similar to the Alexander McQueen dress that Catherine wore for her sister Pippa’s wedding, but is also different enough that I don’t think that the two would draw much comparison. I would style this dress with a blush pink Oscar de la Renta ‘Rogan’ sequin box clutch, her required (by royal protocol) nude pantyhose, nude Prada crystal buckle pumps, a chic updo, simple makeup, and a chic rose pink Jane Taylor London fascinator to really make it perfectly chic for tomorrows royal wedding. One of the royals people are most interested in seeing what she will wear tomorrow is Princess Beatrice. After the Valentino Couture coat and Philip Treacy ‘Lobster’ hat that Beatrice wore for William and Catherine’s wedding people are wondering if she will out do herself in the over the top style department again this year. She is much more mature now, but I am still expecting something really dramatic from Beatrice tomorrow. I would love to see her step out of her car at Windsor Castle wearing this pink silk ‘Sibella’ crepe dress from Roksanda which features a v-neck, dramatic bows on the sleeves (which are lined in red,) and a knee length hem. I am sure that we will see at least one person wear one of these Roksanda dresses tomorrow and I think that the drama is perfect for Princess Beatrice. While most would let the sleeves of this dress be the statement I know that Beatrice would take it a step further. I think that it would be complimented in the most extra (yet chic) way possible including a red Dolce & Gabbana ‘L’Amour’ beaded clutch, sleek low knotted bun, defined eyes, nude lips, a pair of red Charlotte Olympia ‘Inferno’ pumps, and a statement red satin, veiled, rose and feather embellished Philip Treacy fascinator would all ensure that Beatrice once again becomes one of the main style stars of the day. Coming off her Met Gala hosting gig we will see Amal Clooney, and of course her hubby George, tomorrow at the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Amal is one of my favorite style stars and I am really excited to see what she will wear for the wedding tomorrow. For her dress I went back to the same designer that she wore on the red carpet at the Met Gala, rising British superstar designer Richard Quinn. I think that Amal would be the perfect person to take this pink, white, and green rose print Richard Quinn midi dress which is crafted from duchess-satin and features an off-the-shoulder neckline, diaphanous draped sheer panels and an undulating hem. I would imagine that the dress would have to be slightly customized with a single cap sleeve over where the strap dips onto the upper arm. This is definitely a statement dress and not many people would be able to really sell this look to me, but Amal would be able to rock this look as she enters St. Georges Chapel. I would love to see Amal style this look with a chic waves, simple makeup, a green Serupi straw clutch with a tassel embellishment, nude Manolo Blahnik ‘Scipios’ pumps, and a vintage 1960’s Terry B. kelly green turkey feather pull box hat to really show off her style chops on the day of the royal wedding. Priyanka Chopra is one of Meghan’s best friends. Many expected Priyanka to be Meghan’s maid of honor, but since Meghan didn’t want to choose just one of her very close girlfriends they are all invited to attend the wedding, but are not holding any official duties. I am excited to see what Priyanka will wear tomorrow since she has been killing the style game. I had initially thought of a floral Brock Collection suit, but Priyanka already wore that look for a press event late last month. She could always repeat the look switching up the styling, but I have a feeling that won’t be the case. I would love to see Priyanka wearing this gold Chanel Cruise 2018 suit which features a short sleeve 3D embellished jacket and a ribbon skirt with a pleated hem. This suit while being presented a while ago and I think that it would be a be an absolutely beautiful and statement making moment as she enters Windsor Castle for Meghan and Harry’s wedding. Add a sleek updo, defined eyes, red lips, a gold Chanel quilted clutch, a pair of gold Casadei ‘Blade’ pointed toe pumps, and a chic gold beaded Danielle Mazin ‘San Diego’ fascinator would all ensure that it would be such a statement moment to the actress Rounding out this list is another guest who also attended William and Catherine’s wedding, Victoria Beckham. Back then Vicky B wore a custom navy dress by her own design with a Philip Treacy fascinator and Christian Louboutin ‘Daffodil’ platform pumps. The former Spice Girl launched her eponymous label back in 2008 and has been the brands best ambassador ever since. I expect to see her wearing another look of her own design. I would love to see Victoria wear this emerald green Victoria Beckham Pre-Fall 2018 midi dress which dress features a deep-V backline, draped sleeves that hug the wrist, and a loosely pleated skirt. This is a glamorous option and I definitely think that this dress would be perfect for the looser styles that we have seen Victoria favor in recent years. That is a far cry from the pencil dresses that made Victoria Beckham Collection so successful. I would make sure that this look is royal wedding ready pairing this dress with a cognac brown Victoria Beckham envelope clutch, a pair of gold Charlotte Olympia peep toe, platform pumps, a sleek hairstyle, smokey eyes, nude lips, and a cognac felt and pheasant feather fascinator.