Mak­ing her Markle

How Meghan’s style is chang­ing the fash­ion world

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - NEWS - Kerry Parnell

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:

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NOVEM­BER 27

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.

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DE­CEM­BER 1

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.

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DE­CEM­BER 21

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.”

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DE­CEM­BER 25

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.

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JAN­UARY 9

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.

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JAN­UARY 18

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.

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FE­BRU­ARY 1

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.

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FE­BRU­ARY 13

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.”

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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.

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“That makes her so much more of a re­lat­able fash­ion icon than … one might ex­pect from a mem­ber of the Royal Fam­ily

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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

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