‘Hollywood princess’ set to embrace Aussie flair
WHEN the Duchess of Sussex arrives here next week, all eyes will be on her wardrobe choices, with every button, buckle and bead carefully curated for the royal tour.
With no expense spared and a full itinerary planned, the Duchess’s first official overseas tour is expected to resemble a royal runway. And while the “Hollywood princess” hasn’t exactly pushed the envelope when it comes to daring sartorial choices, Melbourne stylist to the stars Lana Wilkinson says fashion watchers will be enthralled with her elegance.
“I’m predicting that as Meghan has warmed to her role and her confidence within the royal fold has grown, she may just treat Australian fashion watchers to some of her most memorable style moments to date,” Wilkinson said. “She will still be classic and polished, but with a dash of Aussie flair.”
The celebrity stylist, who has taken up our challenge to dress Meghan for three of her Australian tour engagements, also expects that the Duchess will keep to royal tradition by embracing local labels, just as the Duchess of Cambridge did on tour in 2014.
“As Australia is part of the Commonwealth, it’s important that members of the royal family support Australian fashion labels, just as Kate did when she packed two Zimmermann dresses in her Aussie suitcase,” she says.
“Meghan has already been a huge supporter of Australian designers, and the ‘Me- ghan effect’ has been a huge boost for those brands. I think she will opt for designers who favour a more structured signature style, such as Camilla & Marc, Scanlan Theodore, and Viktoria & Woods, over flowy, overtly feminine or floral prints. The great thing about Meghan’s style is it can be easily replicated with welltailored high street brands.”