Making her Markle
How Meghan’s style is changing the fashion world
She’s only been engaged three months but the ‘Meghan Effect’ is making its mark as fans the world over rush to snap up whatever the soonto-be royal wears. Her love of tailoring with a twist resonates with fashion followers and her influence looks set to eclipse even that of Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge. This Wednesday marks her first 100 days of style statements: Here are her hits so far:
Engagement announcement: Bare to be different When the couple made it official, the Suits star chose a $1000 white LINE wrap coat, over an $870 P.A.R.O.S.H. green dress and $900 Aquazzura heels with (revolutionary for royals) bare legs. The coat sold out in minutes and crashed the label’s website, after which they reissued it as The Meghan. The dress also sold out in under an hour, much to the Italian label’s surprise. Designer Paolo Rossello said it was “a dream” to see Meghan in the frock.
First royal engagement: Bags the limelight A few days later the couple made their first official engagement in Nottingham. Unusually for a royal, Meghan carried a handbag and the $525 Strathberry bag sold out in six minutes, with 1000 people on the waiting list. One enterprising person put theirs on eBay for $3000. Meghan’s $1000 navy coat by Canadian brand Mackage also sold out online in hours, as did her $1000 Joseph skirt and $400 KG By Kurt Geiger over-theknee boots. “Her wearing our coat is amazing. It’s really a global reach,” said Mackage designer Elisa Dahan.
Official engagement photos: Fairytale gown Meghan proved she was in a different league to portraits of the past, with the stunning images by photographer Alexi Lubomirski. She wore a $100,000 couture gown by Ralph & Russo, a British-based label by Australians Tamara Ralph and Michael Russo which is tipped to be a contender for the wedding dress.
Website meghansmirr or.com say they see surges of up to 1000 per cent after she appears. “Women are fascinated by not only Meghan’s style, but her successful career and humanitarian work,” says editorial director Amanda Dishaw. “They see in her the reflection they would like to look back at them in the mirror.”
Christmas Day: Suited and booted Christmas saw Meghan’s debut at Sandringham and the beaming bride-to-be chose a $1700 camel coat by Canadian brand Sentaler that sold out in hours and saw them ship coats all over the globe. Such was the interest they showed at London Fashion Week last month for the first time. Her $380 Club Monaco burgundy velvet dress was a smash hit, teamed with a custom-made Philip Treacy hat, $1100 Stuart Weitzman over-the-knee tan boots and $2000 Chloe cross-body bag. One item fans could afford was her $31 leather gloves from Marks and Spencer.
Brixton charity visit: The budget princess Thankfully Meghan continued her budget picks with an $80 Marks and Spencer sweater, which sold out the same day, teamed with a $60 Jigsaw scarf which also sold out but is being reissued. Her $1000 Smythe coat has a waiting list and $500 Sarah Flint shoes proved so popular, the label now lists them under a “Meghan’s favourites” menu on their site. She teamed them with $800 Burberry pants.
Cardiff tour: Style is in the jeans A week later Meghan’s visit to Cardiff saw her wear $300 jeans by Welsh brand Hiut, who were besieged by orders. Her $2400 Stella McCartney coat sold out as did her $534 bag by DeMellier London and $640 Theory jacket top.
Endeavour Funds Awards: Meghan wears the pants By now firmly in her style stride, Meghan appeared in a $3200 cutting-edge Alexander McQueen dinner suit, $355 silk crepe de chine bodysuit from Tuxed, $900 Manolo Blahnik heels and a $2300 Prada clutch. The item most people could afford — the bodysuit — now has a waiting list until May.
Edinburgh trip: Flare for fashion For her Scottish visit, Meghan went traditional in a $3500 tartan Burberry coat and $750 cross-body bag by Strathberry which sold out in 11 minutes. Her cool Veronica Beard $500 flares also got the stamp of approval. “Her trouser selections are very popular,” says Amanda Dishaw. “Meghan is a girl who prefers to wear a great pair of trousers versus a skirt and that makes her so much more of a relatable fashion icon than … one might expect from a member of the Royal Family.”
FEBRUARY 28 Royal Foundation Forum: It’s a wrap
On Wednesday Meghan made a surprise appearance alongside Prince Harry, Prince William and Catherine at a Royal Foundation event, wearing a $2500 sleeveless Jason Wu wrap dress, bare legs and $900 black ankle strap Aquazzura heels. Despite the price tag, the satin dress sold out on netaporter.com within hours.
“That makes her so much more of a relatable fashion icon than … one might expect from a member of the Royal Family
Meghan Markle’s love of smart tailoring with a twist, seen every time she steps out in an official capacity, has made her a fast favourite with fashion lovers. Pictures: Getty and AFP