Meghan Markle: Who could de­sign the dress for the next royal wed­ding?

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Clarence House an­nounced the cou­ple will marry in spring 2018, which - as any bride-to-be will know - means Ms Markle needs to act quickly to find her per­fect wed­ding dress. So which de­signer will she choose?

‘Sub­tly ro­man­tic’

Asked what she would wear to walk down the aisle, Ms Markle pre­vi­ously told Hello! mag­a­zine her per­fect dress would be “clas­sic and sim­ple”.

She made the com­ments af­ter her char­ac­ter in the US le­gal drama Suits got mar­ried, adding: “I per­son­ally pre­fer dresses that are whim­si­cal or sub­tly ro­man­tic”.

“She is cov­er­ing all bases there,” says Katie Ros­sein­sky, a fash­ion writer for Grazia Daily.

“She’s been pho­tographed wear­ing Er­dem and Antonio Ber­ardi re­cently. Er­dem has that whim­si­cal el­e­ment of de­sign which she likes, so that could be an op­tion.”

Bri­tish de­signer Ber­ardi on the other hand is famed for the clas­sic and sim­ple look which Ms Markle says she favours.

“I could also see her in some­thing a bit more di­rec­tional like Emilia Wick­stead, who is also one of Kate’s favourite de­sign­ers,” says Ros­sein­sky.

“It would be a cool op­tion, not su­per-em­bel­lished, but with in­ter­est­ing shapes that pho­to­graph well.”

Ros­sein­sky de­scribes Ms Markle - who ap­peared at the In­vic­tus Games in Toronto in ripped jeans in Septem­ber - as “a re­laxed, ca­sual dresser”.

“It’s very dif­fer­ent to the coat dresses we see Kate [the Duchess of Cam­bridge] and other roy­als wear­ing. Will she be com­pelled to smarten up?” asks Ros­sein­sky.

Jodie Davis, co-ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer of TV show En­ter­tain­ment Tonight Canada, thinks the wed­ding will have some Canadian in­put, as Ms Markle lived there for more than six years while film­ing Suits.

Davis says those ripped jeans at the In­vic­tus Games sold out af­ter the 36-year-old ap­peared in them.

“It be­came the ‘it’ look in the city,” he says, adding that Ms Markle made the Toronto Life mag­a­zine’s list of most in­flu­en­tial peo­ple dur­ing her time there.

Canadian in­flu­ence?

Davis says he thinks there will be “eth­i­cal brands from the US and Canada” in­volved in the wed­ding, re­flect­ing Markle’s char­ity work.

“There are ru­mours there will be a Canadian in­flu­ence in the wed­ding pho­tos or the dress it­self,” he says.

“She def­i­nitely brings a very re­laxed but stylish and chic look when she’s out and about. She’s the op­po­site to the char­ac­ter in Suits, which is well tai­lored pow­er­dress­ing.” Chris­tine Ross, who is the ed­i­to­rial di­rec­tor of Meghan’s Mir­ror - a fash­ion blog chron­i­cling Ms Markle’s style - agrees.

“Her style hasn’t changed since be­fore Harry - it’s quite mod­ern and edgy but with a bo­hemian soft­ness, so it’s a re­laxed vibe,” she says.

“I ex­pect her wed­ding dress will be quite clas­sic but mod­ern and struc­tural. She will pick a diplo­matic brand - with a Bri­tish or Amer­i­can choice. She will be de­mure with maybe a crisp satin, but def­i­nitely mod­ern.”

Ross says while the Duchess of Cam­bridge has a “tra­di­tional” look, Ms Markle “will be a bit more trendy and fear­less”.

“It’s be­cause she’s an Amer­i­can - the cul­ture is a lot dif­fer­ent,” she ex­plains “Kate is an up­per mid­dle class Bri­tish girl and Meghan grew up in LA, it’s a com­pletely dif­fer­ent life­style.”

‘Eth­i­cal cre­den­tials’

Mark Niemierko, a celebrity wed­ding plan­ner, says he’s “ex­cited and in­trigued” by what form the wed­ding will take.

“She could choose a Vera Wang, or Os­car de la Renta, Monique Lhuil­lier is also very chic, very clas­sic,” he says nam­ing three of the most re­spected Amer­i­can dress de­sign houses.

“If she goes down the Bri­tish route it could be Christo­pher Bai­ley at Burberry. Another re­ally good op­tion would be Stella McCart­ney, which would play into Meghan’s eth­i­cal cre­den­tials.

“Alice Tem­per­ley is also re­ally eth­i­cal, but would be a bit slinky, so it would re­ally de­pend on the lo­ca­tion. If you’re get­ting mar­ried at West­min­ster Abbey you need a dress to fill it.”

Niemierko, who planned James Cor­den’s wed­ding to Ju­lia Carey in 2012, adds: “Meghan is not from Bri­tish high so­ci­ety and there is a whole new raft of peo­ple at Bri­tish Vogue who are also not from so­ci­ety.

“Alexan­dra Schul­man [the for­mer Bri­tish Vogue ed­i­tor] played a big part in ad­vis­ing Kate for her wed­ding dress. So Ed­ward En­nin­ful might be a great in­flu­ence. That would be re­ally in­ter­est­ing.”

But on the other hand, it may even be US Vogue ed­i­tor Anna Win­tour who ad­vises Ms Markle.

“Win­tour is in­cred­i­bly pow­er­ful and takes great per­sonal in­ter­est in things like this,” says Niemerko. “Harry will play his part. He’s the young, cool one. He’ll be en­cour­ag­ing her to be her­self.”

What­ever hap­pens, cer­tain to be a big in­flu­ence is Jes­sica Mul­roney, a friend and stylist to Ms Markle.

Mul­roney is also the stylist for Canada’s first lady, So­phie Trudeau, and runs a New York wed­ding bou­tique.

“They’re very close friends,” says Grazia’s Ros­sein­sky, who thinks Mul­roney’s in­flu­ence on Ms Markle is clear.

“If you look at the ear­lier pho­tos of Meghan, she’s def­i­nitely be­come more pol­ished. I think that’s def­i­nitely the in­flu­ence of Jes­sica Mul­roney.

“When you style one of the most pow­er­ful and most pho­tographed women in the world like So­phie Trudeau, you will def­i­nitely bring some tips across.”

‘Diplo­matic dress­ing’

The fash­ion writer thinks Mul­roney will not only play a part in the look of Prince Harry’s wife-to-be for the pend­ing nup­tials, but also in the fu­ture.

“I imag­ine she will def­i­nitely be in­volved in the wed­ding,” she says. “She will also be very good for diplo­matic dress­ing. Kate is good at throw­ing a nod to la­bels from the coun­tries she’s vis­it­ing. Jes­sica Mul­roney will be al­ready used to this from styling So­phie Trudeau.”

Wed­ding plan­ner Niemerko adds that what­ever Ms Markle’s choice of dress, only one thing is im­por­tant.

“The most ex­cit­ing thing about the wed­ding is be­ing your­selves,” he says. “They’re mar­ry­ing for love which is the best way.”


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