There is a £30 version of Meghan Markle’s second wedding dress

There is a £30 version of Meghan Markle’s second wedding dress


If you’ve already bought a replica of Meghan Markle’s engagement ring, you’re probably now in the market for a replica of her wedding dress, so you’ll be pleased to hear it’s now available.

While her main wedding dress by Givenchy has yet to be copied on the high street (that we’ve seen, however you can get a dress like Kate Middleton’s at H&M), you can now buy a style remarkably similar to her Stella McCartney evening gown.

The designer herself had run a limited edition line of replicas available via private appointment only, however at £3,500 a pop, they were still a tad too expensive for some.

Enter Fashion Nova, a US e-tailer that specialises in affordable occasionwear. Its aptly named ‘The Royal Debut’ dress features a halterneck, flowing skirt and is fitted in at the waist like Meghan’s.

The Royal Debut Dress – Off White

$44.99

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Available In Off White
Sleeveless
Back Zipper
Fully Lined
Stretch
96% Polyester 4% Spandex
Made In USA

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It comes in an off white colour and in sizes ranged from XS to 3X, and at just $44.99 (around £30), it’s definitely a lot cheaper than the original, even with the $8.99 delivery charge – though don’t expect the same quality of course.

Now comes the slightly bad news: the dress is sold out in all sizes, however there is a ‘notify me’ option which makes us think it’ll come back in stock soon. Watch this space…

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Bargain designer buy alert – Bicester Village’s BFC pop-up is now open

Bargain designer buy alert – Bicester Village’s BFC pop-up is now open


Cut-price Christopher Kane, divine Roksanada dresses and cool young LFW names galore – Bicester Village have launched their first pop-up in partnership with the British Fashion Council. Here’s why you need to get down there pronto…

The British Fashion Council are bringing some of the most coveted designer brands on the LFW show calendar to Bicester Village for the first time. The BFC Designer Pop-Up has just opened at the outlet village – and if you want to grab a designer bargain, you’d better be quick. Open all this week, the pop-up will pop down this Sunday.

The roster of labels showcasing a curated edit of pieces at discounted prices (praise be!) includes Christopher Kane, Emilia Wickstead, Roksanda, Mother of Pearl, shoe designer Nicholas Kirkwood and Marques’Almeida. Also on offer will be up and coming brand TEIJA. On our personal shopping list: an impeccable oversized shirt from Palmer/Harding:

A dreamy dress from Emilia Wickstead

 

 

 

 

…and a futuristic knit from Christopher Kane:

Bicester are on a fashion-supporting roll – they’re fresh from providing mentorship (for the second year in a row) to the five finalists of the CNMI Green Carpet Talent Competition, unveiled as part of The Green Carpet Fashion Awards, which were held in Milan at the end of fashion week in September. The Awards were founded by Livia Firth’s Eco-Age, in conjunction with Italian fashion’s governing body the Camera Nazionale della Moda Italiana.

The BFC Designer Pop-Up is part of another initiative, a new partnership between the BFC and The Bicester Village Shopping Collection – a programme called ‘The Business of Retail’, which will offer British designers business mentorship and new commercial opportunities.

So go on, support those designers – and your own AW18 style goals…That, ladies, is what we call a win-win.

 

 

 

 

 

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Gwyneth Paltrow gave us a peek of her stunning custom Valentino wedding dress

Gwyneth Paltrow gave us a peek of her stunning custom Valentino wedding dress


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In between getting married in front of the most A-list wedding guest list ever and rebranding the menopause, Gwyneth Paltrow gave us a sneak peek of her until-then secret wedding dress, and it was, to quote her, ‘a dress that defies adjectives’.

The actress wore a custom Valentino Couture dress, by Pierpaolo Piccioli, which didn’t come as too much of a surprise as he is a good firend of the bride and groom.

The romantic dress featured an A-line skirt, cut-out back, cap sleeves, and lots of lace.

She kept the rest of her bridal look very minimal, wearing only a simple veil, and her engagement and wedding rings.

Gwyneth shared this picture of herself and new husband Brad Falchuk walking down the aisle after exchanging vows, and the pair looked understandably delighted.

Alongside it, she wrote, ‘Took me a minute to get it together, but at long last, for those who have requested, a little look inside the best day of our lives.’

She also shared lots more wedding pictures on Goop, which you can see here. Her bridesmaids, her daughter Apple and Brad’s daughter Isabella kept the white theme going in strapless Monique Lhuillier gowns which complemented Gwyneth’s dress beautifully.

Meanwhile, the groom and groomsmen wore Tom Ford.

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Kate and Meghan apparently get this sewn into their dresses to avoid wardrobe malfunctions

Kate and Meghan apparently get this sewn into their dresses to avoid wardrobe malfunctions


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Remember when we told you about Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle’s skirt trick? Apparently the Duchesses wear tights and undergarments that actually increase static, so that the fabric of their skirts will stick to their legs rather than flying up.

However it’s not always a fail-safe method, and if they really want to avoid wardrobe malfunctions, women from the royal family, including the Queen, apparently have something old-school sewn into their skirts.

According to the Stuart Parvin, who has created ensembles for the Queen, small lead curtain weights are fitted into the hem, weighing it down.

He told the Daily Mail, ‘The beauty of a handmade outfit is that it hangs just right but, of course, we have a few tricks up our sleeve. Surprisingly, it is nothing fancy. I use curtain weights, lead weights, from Peter Jones’s curtain department. We call them penny weights.’

‘I just pop a couple into the hemline of her dresses and coats and it makes them hang beautifully. If there is a flap in the coat then I will sew in one on each side of the split to even it up.

‘And sometimes if she is wearing a lightweight chiffon skirt I will sew in an even smaller lead weight the size of a pea or even a length of chain, rather like a dog’s chain. But the curtain weights work beautifully,’ he added.

And if you think about it, you’ve never seen a picture of the Queen having a Marilyn moment have you?

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By wearing these jeans, Meghan changed the life of 30 women

By wearing these jeans, Meghan changed the life of 30 women


While some people might think the cost of Meghan Markle’s Australian wardrobe might have been high, you can’t deny that the Duchess is great at showing her support for emerging brands and designers.

Plus, Meghan is an advocate of sustainable and ethical fashion, which she proved by wearing one particular pair of jeans more than five times on the tour.

Said jeans are by Australian brand Outland Denim, who use organic cotton and natural vegetable dyes to make their jeans.

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What a week for Outland Denim! Never could we have imagined the overwhelming support shown to our brand, our team and our mission since the Duchess of Sussex wore our Harriet jean not once but multiple times during her stay in Australia for the Invictus Games. This quiet, dignified, but determined support for our brand – and the humanitarian cause it represents – means the world to us, to our beautiful seamstresses, and to the 15 young women who are now feeling the empowerment of employment thanks to the "Markle Effect"! Meghan's modelling of positive change through the power of fashion sets a precedent for all other people with a public profile. Now to enjoy watching the Royal couple in New Zealand along with the rest of the world! 🌎 #madedifferent #zeroexploitation . . . . . 📸 Annette Dew/Newspix, Samir Hussein/Getty images

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But more importantly, by wearing them, Meghan changed the life of 30 women. You see Outland Denim employ women in Cambodia who have been enslaved or sexually exploited.

Once the Duchess was spotted wearing the black Harriet jeans, these sold out within 48 hours, resulting in a massive 640% increase in sales.

Outland Denim has said that as a result, it can employ up to 30 more women.

In an Instagram post, it said, ‘Thanks to the Duchess’ choice in denim, we’re pleased to announce that it will be possible to employ a further 15 to 30 seamstresses in our Cambodian production house in the coming weeks, and the recruitment process has already begun’.

Another one read, ‘This quiet, dignified, but determined support for our brand – and the humanitarian cause it represents – means the world to us, to our beautiful seamstresses, and to the 15 young women who are now feeling the empowerment of employment.’

Excellent news indeed.

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New Look are selling Friends Christmas t-shirts and we want them now

New Look are selling Friends Christmas t-shirts and we want them now


New Look is there for youuu

This Christmas is going to be mega. Yes, we’re starting the countdown a little early this year, but we absolutely have to because there’s so much going on.

We’ve got Prosecco Christmas crackers! There’s chocolate wine! There’s a Cath Kidston Mickey Mouse collection and you’ll want it all in your stocking!

And that’s not all. When it comes to December 1st, we’ll start the official countdown with a trusty old advent calendar. But not like the ones we’ve seen in previous years. We’ll be opening the doors to beauty advent calendars/ Aldi’s wine advent calendar/ this brie-lliant cheese advent calendar

The options are well and truly endless.

And if you thought things couldn’t get much better, hold on to your hats because New Look just showed up with some Friends Christmas t-shirts and we can’t cope.

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Credit: New Look

That’s right – the high street store is releasing not one but two extra special t-shirts in the name of Christmas (and your fave ’90s tv show).

Remember The One With All the Thanksgivings? Monica gets her head stuck in a turkey while they all re-live their worst Thanksgivings. And what about The One with the Holiday Armadillo, where Ross and Chandler battle it out to be the best festive character?

Well these iconic moments have been immortalised and you can wear them throughout December – and beyond, if you so wish.

We will be.

The New Look Friends Christmas t-shirts are £12.99 and will be available in sizes 6 – 18.

However, we have a feeling they’re going to sell out VERY quickly, so if we were you we’d get down to your nearest New Look or start online shopping and grab a couple pronto.

You could even pick a couple up for your own friends, because who doesn’t love the most famous mates in the world?

That’s all our Christmas presents sorted.

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This is how much Meghan Markle’s Australian tour wardrobe cost

This is how much Meghan Markle’s Australian tour wardrobe cost


The Royal family clothing budget is no joke, as the Duchess of Cornwall, the Duchess of Sussex and the rest of the gang need to always look on point for official engagements.

Earlier this year, it was reported that Meghan Markle’s wardrobe was worth around £750,000. And now that her first official tour has come to an end, experts have tallied the cost of her Australian wardrobe.

For the 16-day tour of Australia, Fiji and New Zealand, the Duchess mixed in new pieces for existing ones, and according to Hello! Fashion, the total cost amounted to around £117k.

New dresses, including ones by local designers such as Maggie Marilyn and Martin Grant, as well as some by Reformation, Self Portrait and Figue, came to almost £65k, whilst re-worn items came to just over £52k.

Meanwhile, accessories by the likes of Prada, Dior and Gucci, and jewellery made up the rest – though some diamond pieces were more difficult to cost up.

She wore over 40 outfits, and the most expensive one was probably the Oscar de la Renta gown she wore to the Australian Geographic Awards at the Shangri-La hotel in Sydney, which cost £10,000.

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Victoria Beckham has just received a very special honour

Victoria Beckham has just received a very special honour


And we’re all very very excited

Victoria Beckham is one of the most talked about people in the world, and whether travelling around Australia with the family (and Harry and Megs) or launching a VB chocolate line with famed chocolatier Pierre Marcolini, she never fails to make viral news.

Today however she made news for a different reason, with the former Spice Girl and now big-time fashion designer announced as the recipient of the People’s Choice Awards’ Fashion Icon of 2018.

The annual People’s Choice awards celebrate the best in movies, TV, music and fashion, with VB being the first of the winners announced ahead of the November show.

‘Absolutely iconic,’ the People’s Choice Awards captioned a photo of Victoria Beckham. ‘Join us on Nov 11 when we honour Victoria Beckham with the Fashion Icon Award.’

And to say that it went down well would be an understatement. ‘Yes, PERFECT choice. 20 years later, she’s STILL my favourite icon,’ posted one user. While another commented: ‘One and only. Classy, timeless, elegant, smart.’

One of the most excited by the news however was Victoria Beckham herself, who took to her Instagram to post her excitement.

‘So excited to receive the Fashion Icon Award at People’s Choice November 11th! x VB’.

The People’s Choice Awards 2019 airs on 11 November.

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Meghan Markle just wore a £35 dress from ASOS and it’s seriously chic

Meghan Markle just wore a £35 dress from ASOS and it’s seriously chic


Style queen.

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All eyes are currently on Meghan Markle and Prince Harry. Since announcing that they are expecting their first child in the Spring, the couple has been on a 16-day royal tour, touching down in Australia, Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand.

During their trip, they’ve been busy giving passionate speeches about the importance of girls’ education, sharing inside information about their happy news (Harry even hinted that he wants a girl), and on top of all that they’ve been making banana bread for all their hosts.

Very sweet.

But it’s not just Meghan’s pregnancy that has been making the headlines over the last two weeks. While the Duke and Duchess’ tour comes to an end, the world is still watching what Meghan wears – and her latest dress completely breaks the mould.

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Since embarking on their trip, Meghan has been spotted in a number of gorgeous designer dresses. We’ve even put together a list of where you can find the latest outfits from the royal tour. How will we ever forget that beautiful blue Safiyaa Ginkgo caped gown? Or the unforgettable pink ruffled Figue Federica dress?

However, Meghan is proving that her style doesn’t always come with a large price tag. She stepped off the plane in New Zealand wearing a simple black maternity dress from none other than ASOS.

That’s right – the Duchess is also a huge fan of the online retailer. Who knew? Considering Meghan has been wearing Oscar de la Renta gowns and Gabriella Hearst cocktail dresses, we were not expecting her to wear this £35 frock – but she looked amazing, as usual.

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Credit: ASOS

She teamed the black mini dress with a Karen Walker tartan trench coat and Sarah Flint suede heels.

Does this mean we’ll be seeing more high street pieces in Meghan’s royal wardrobe?

We’re here for it.

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H&M is basically selling Kate Middleton’s wedding dress for £150

H&M is basically selling Kate Middleton’s wedding dress for £150


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Remember we told you last week H&M had dropped an epic wedding dress collection? Well you might not have noticed, but one of those dresses is remarkably similar to Kate Middleton’s – sans the Alexander McQueen price tag obvs.

Featuring a scalloped lace sleeves, a sweetheart neckline and a gently flared skirt, all pulled together with a subtle grosgrain band, it’s a very chic and timeless piece.

Long lace dress

£149.99

From

H&M

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Long dress with a bodice in lace and skirt in an airy weave. Scalloped V-neck with support panels at the top, an opening with a covered button at the back of the neck and a concealed zip at the back. Long sleeves with scalloped trims, a seam at the waist with a grosgrain band, and a gently flared skirt. Lined.

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It even features a covered button at the back a bit like Kate’s. Obviously, you don’t have the same wow factor, however if you’re not getting married at Westminster Abbey, you don’t really need a massive train, do you?

As you’ll remember, the Duchess of Cambridge wore hers with a Cartier tiara, which was on loan from the Queen, who had been gifted it by her parents for her 18th birthday. She also wore a sweeping veil.

However, H&M has styled it very simply on the model, who has kept her hair natural and wears white pointed courts.

We’re into it.

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