Meghan rocks Hep­burn ‘boat’

Her favourite neck­line echoes movie icon

Irish Daily Mirror - - IRISH DAILY MIRROR - BY AM­BER GRAAFLAND Fash­ion and Lifestyle Ed­i­tor a.graafland@mir­

THERE’S no deny­ing Meghan Markle looks ef­fort­lessly chic in, well, ev­ery­thing.

While mere mor­tals can only dream of pulling off some of her out­fits, there is one style we can eas­ily steal – her go-to boat neck.

The Duchess of Sus­sex wore a taupe Roland Mouret dress for her se­cond day of en­gage­ments in Ire­land and a black Dior gown with a full skirt ear­lier this week.

Both dresses fea­tured an el­e­gant bateau (or boat) neck­line, a style favoured by Au­drey Hep­burn.

A bateau neck runs hor­i­zon­tally, front and back across the col­lar bone. They were the cho­sen style for sailors’ sweaters as they were said to help with quick re­moval if they fell overboard.

It was in­cor­po­rated into evening wear by French cou­turier Hu­bert de Givenchy, who formed a close friend­ship with 50s film star Au­drey.

They col­lab­o­rated on her iconic out­fits cre­ated for Sab­rina in 1954 and Break­fast at Tif­fany’s in 1961.

The “Sab­rina” frock and Holly Go­lightly’s black col­umn dress both fea­tured the neck­line. Fol­low­ing the suc­cess of Sab­rina, the bateau was re­ferred to as the Sab­rina neck­line.

So it is no co­in­ci­dence Meghan turned to the house of Givenchy to cre­ate her wed­ding dress.

The gown had the neck­line which she has con­tin­ued to wear many times. As far back as 2014, the for­mer Suits star wore a blue shift dress with a boat neck at Elle’s an­nual Women in Tele­vi­sion event.

She wore a plaid The­ory jacket at Cardiff Castle in Jan­uary and show­cased a boat neck Prada two-piece at the Queen’s Young Lead­ers re­cep­tion last month.

She chose a yel­low Bran­don Maxwell dress with a boat neck for a re­cep­tion for the Your Com­mon­wealth youth challenge and an olive green Ralph Lau­ren gown at Prince Louis’ chris­ten­ing.

Au­drey loved the neck­line as it hid her slen­der col­lar­bone and ac­cented her shoul­ders.

It may have been called the Sab­rina, but some­thing tells me, it won’t be long un­til it’s the Meghan.

HOLLY GO-OD In her Break­fast at Tif­fany’s dress HELLO YEL­LOW Sub­tle boat neck STYLE QUEEN In Dior at West­min­ster Abbey CHIC Meghan wears a Prada two-piece, plaid jacket by The­ory and Ralph Lau­ren

FABRINA Au­drey with bateau neck­line

MAK­ING A MARKLE Bride wore Givenchy

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