Looking at Oprah arrive with the other Royal wedding guests, looking chic in a light pink Stella McCartney dress, you would never guess that the Oscar-winning actor had major dress drama the night before.
You see, she was originally meant to wear another dress, which was beige, because she realised that it looked white when photographed, which of course is a major faux pas at a normal wedding, let alone a Royal wedding viewed by millions around the globe.
Taking to Instagram after the wedding, Oprah explained, ‘Realized Friday morning the beige dress I was planning to wear to Royal ceremony would photograph too “white” for a wedding.’
So with less than a day to spare before the big day, she got in touch with Stella McCartney’s team, who manage to turn around this bespoke number in one night. ONE NIGHT.
As for the hat, it was Oprah’s own, and it just happened to match the dress perfectly, ‘Hat is vintage @philiptreacy been in my closet since 2005 with new feathers.’
Oprah Winfrey arriving at the Church. Credit: Rex.
I’m a sucker for a wedding, and I hate to admit it, but I always end up buying a new dress for the occasion, no matter how many times I tell myself that I can just re-wear an old dress with new accessories.
However, where I would normally do a bit of online shopping during my lunch break (you can’t argue with the no queuing-straight-to-your-doorstep situation), this is one instance where I like to go in-store and actually try on the dress before buying.
Why? Because I usually leave it to the last minute as you never know what the weather is going to be like, and I don’t want to have to return an online order. Secondly, the pics will be around forever, and you want to get it right (as vein as that sounds). If the outfit looks great in the harsh fitting room lighting, you’re onto a winner.
Here a five high street stores that always get it right for me.
Best for: Everything. Whether you’re after a sharp linen suit, a fashion-forward print dress or a simple shirt dress, Zara has it all, and you won’t go over budget either. The store is also very user friendly and colour co-ordinated, so it couldn’t be easier to build an entire outfit – which can be a bit dangerous.
Best for: Flirty floral dresses. If you’re going to a destination wedding, no one does floaty floral dresses quite like Topshop. Look out for printed wrap dresses and off-the-shoulder boho numbers. It’s also great if you need outfits for the rest of your stay, and they have a great linen selection at the moment, as well as cute sandals and basket bags. Editor tip: Save yourself the hassle and book into the personal shopper department at the Oxford Street store, as the stylists will on hand to help you find the outfit you’re after.
& Other Stories
Best for: Minimal shirt dresses and vintage-inspired dresses. Whether you’re a minimalist or maximalist woman at heart, you’ll usually find what you need at & Other Stories. Although it’s a slightly higher price point than the other stores, its collection is slightly more curated and you’re less likely to bump into another guest wearing the same outfit. I love the floral midi dresses, chic pinafores and fine jewellery. The delicate lingerie is also a great investment if you’re wearing a sheer outfit. Editor tip: Look out for the & Other Stories House of Hackney collab for prints that will elevate your #ootd snaps.
Best for: Classic jumpsuits and lace dresses. Whilst perhaps not as fashion-forward as other brands, H&M is just perfect for those timeless classics. Its wedding shop at the moment is full of chic strapless jumpsuits and lace dresses. Check out their heels too.
Best for: Accessories. There’s a lot I’m loving at Mango at the moment, but their accessories are particularly on point, so much so that they sell out fast. I managed to get my hands on the clear beaded bag which will add a playful finishing touch to any outfit, and their shoe game is strong too. Look out for their sandals with sculptural heels.
The pure white silk cady gown featured a graphic open bateau neckline, a flowing train and an underskirt in triple silk organza.
She teamed it with a veil embroidered with ‘distinctive flora of each of the 53 Commonwealth country united in one spectacular floral composition’. It took hundreds of hours to make, with workers having to wash their hands every 30 minutes so as not to tarnish the pristine colour.
Pre-wedding, there was speculation that the dress would cost less than the Duchess of Cambridge’s, as Meghan wouldn’t want to overshadow her sister-in-law.
At the time, Kate’s custom McQueen gown was estimated at around £250,000, and it turns out that Meghan’s probably cost less, but not by much.
Although the gown is deceptively simple, with no embellishments or lace, the totally bespoke fabric means it might have cost around £200,000.
The double bonded silk cady was developed by Artistic Director Clare Waight Keller after ‘extensive research by Ms. Waight Keller in fabric mills throughout Europe,’ the Palace said.
It’s estimated the bespoke fabric cost around £78,000, and fittings about £4,000. Add to that the shoes (a pointed couture design made of a silk duchess satin), and the wedding veil (five meters long and made from silk tulle) and the total probably goes up a fair bit too, though we will get a better idea of precise cost later.
Meanwhile, the dress Kim Kardashian wore on her wedding day, which was designed by Riccardo Tisci for Givenchy, was priced up at around £370,000.
In the end, she borrowed one of the Queen’s jewels, which used to be Queen Mary’s, to hold her beautiful Givenchy veil in place.
However, the bride paid another homage to the People’s Princess later on in the day, when she changed into her second wedding dress, designed by Stella McCartney.
As she waived to the crowds, you could spot a gorgeous emerald cut Aquamarine ring on her right-hand wedding finger, and you’ve definitely seen it before, as it belonged to (you guessed it) Princess Diana.
It’s symbolic in many ways. First, it was Diana’s, and it’s likely to have been a present from Prince Harry to his new wife.
Diana wore back in 1997 at an auction of her own clothes at Christie’s, which was prompted by Prince William in aid of charity.
Secondly, it is her something blue on her wedding day, and could also count as her something old.
At the time of her engagement, the Duchess of Sussex was asked about honouring Diana on the big day, and she replied, ‘It’s so important to me to know that she’s a part of this with us.’
However she might just have topped it with her evening wedding dress, a sleek number created by Stella McCartney (so half the wedding dress designer rumours were true at least).
The white silk evening gown featured a chic high neck and soft flowing skirt and small train, which Meghan held up as she got into a vintage sports car with Prince Harry to head to their evening reception.
This gave us a glimpse of her pointed Aquazurra silky satin and nude mesh heels with baby blue soles.
A statement from the Palace read, ‘The Bride’s evening dress is designed by Stella McCartney and is a bespoke lily white high neck gown made of silk crepe. The Bride is wearing shoes from Aquazurra made in silky satin, with nude mesh, with soles painted in baby blue.’
In comparison, Kate changed into a second McQueen dress for her evening do in 2011, and it was a very princessy strapless ballgown with jewelled belt.
Well it’s a tough call, they’re both beautiful, so the jury’s out on that one.
ICYMI, Meghan Markle wowed in a Givenchy wedding dress as she walked down the aisle, which in itself surprised everyone. Why? Because they expected her to choose a British fashion house for her gown, with hot favourites being Ralph & Russo and Erdem.
However, although Givenchy is of course a Parisian couture house, its head designer Clare Waight Keller is British, so that was one way of Meghan to pay tribute to her new country.
And there was en extra touching detail that you may not have noticed, which was part of Meghan’s wedding veil.
You see, she wanted to have all 53 countries of the Commonwealth with her on her journey to the alter and her new life, so she asked Keller to sew flowers from each country on her veil.
This was her way to show her gratitude at being able to support the Commonwealth.
And she also added two extra flowers, the California Poppy, as she was born in California, and the Wintersweet, which grows in the grounds of Kensington Palace in front of Nottingham Cottage.
This is believed to be a little nod to the Queen, who has welcomed Meghan into the Royal family.
And in case you were in any doubt as to how much work went into it, the veil took workers hundreds of hours to sew, and they had to wash their hands every thirty minutes to keep the tulle and threads pristine.
After months of speculation about Meghan Markle’s wedding dress designer, the wait is finally over. The actress has just arrived to marry Prince Harry at Windsor Castle, and the Palace has released the wedding dress info. Here’s everything we know so far, and we’ll update you as soon as more details come in…
Meghan Markle wedding dress designer
For months there have been rumours going around about Meghan Markle’s wedding dress designer, with the hot favourites being Erdem and Ralph & Russo. But you know what? We were all wrong! She picked Givenchy.
The Palace revealed in a statement: ‘Ms. Meghan Markle’s wedding dress has been designed by the acclaimed British designer, Clare Waight Keller. Ms. Waight Keller last year became the first female Artistic Director at the historic French fashion house Givenchy.’
And just like that, Meghan follows in Kate’s footsteps in empowering women by picking one of the few female designers.
Meghan Markle wedding dress style
Meghan opted for a traditional wedding gown in the end, very reminiscent to Audrey Hepburn’s. It is slightly off the shoulder, made of pure white silk cady, and a full skirt.
Givenchy explained, ‘True to the heritage of the house, the pure lines of the dress are achieved using six meticulously placed seams. The focus of the dress is the graphic open bateau neckline that gracefully frames the shoulders and emphasises the slender sculpted waist. The lines of the dress extend towards the back where the train flows in soft round folds cushioned by an underskirt in triple silk organza. The slim three-quarter sleeves add a note of refined modernity.’
Meghan Markle wedding veil
The veil is five meters long and made from silk tulle with a trim of hand-embroidered flowers in silk threads and organza. Meghan wanted to have all 53 countries of the Commonwealth with her on her journey through the ceremony.
As such, Keller designed a veil representing the distinctive flora of each Commonwealth country united in one spectacular floral composition. This was also Meghan’s way to show her gratitude at being able to support the work of the Commonwealth.
As well as the Commonwealth blooms, Meghan wanted to add two personal favourites: Wintersweet, which grows in the grounds of Kensington Palace in front of Nottingham Cottage, and the California Poppy, the State flower from her place of birth, California.
The veil took workers hundreds of hours to sew, and they had to wash their hands every thirty minutes to keep the tulle and threads pristine.
Meghan Markle wedding tiara
The bride kept her cathedral length veil in place with Queen Mary’s diamond bandeau tiara, lent to her by The Queen. The diamond bandeau is English and was made in 1932, with the centre brooch dating from 1893.
Kensington Palace announced, ‘The bandeau, which is made of diamonds and platinum, is formed as a flexible band of eleven sections, pierced with interlaced ovals and pavé set with large and small brilliant diamonds. The centre is set with a detachable brooch of ten brilliant diamonds.’
The centre brooch was given as a present to the then Princess Mary in 1893 by the County of Lincoln on her marriage to Prince George, Duke of York. The bandeau and the brooch were bequeathed by Queen Mary to The Queen in 1953.
The bride’s earrings and bracelet made by Cartier.
Meghan Markle wedding shoes
Meghan also chose Givenchy for her shoes, opting for a pointed couture design made of a silk duchess satin.
Why did Meghan Markle pick Givenchy?
After meeting Claire Waight Keller earlier this year, Meghan ‘chose to work with her for her timeless and elegant aesthetic, impeccable tailoring, and relaxed demeanour.’
Keller previously worked at Pringle of Scotland and Chloé, before heading up Givenchy.
Meghan Markle wedding dress cost
Kate Middleton’s dress cost around £250,000, and according to Royal experts, Meghan’s wasn’t likely to cost as much as she wouldn’t want to upstage the future Queen.
Meghan Markle evening wedding dress
Kate Middleton change into an evening gown after the wedding breakfast. The strapless ballgown, also designed by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen, featured a jewell-encrusted belt, and the Duchess covered up with a cashmere cardigan.
Meghan Markle wedding dress replica
As with Kate Middleton’s dress, there will no doubt be plenty of replicas of Meghan Markle’s wedding dress to buy on the high street. While we wait for those to hit the rails, here are very similar styles you can buy now.