Dress­ing MEGHAN

‘Hol­ly­wood princess’ set to em­brace Aussie flair

Herald Sun - - NEWS - ANNA BYRNE FASH­ION RE­PORTER anna.byrne@news.com.au

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.”

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