It appears Meghan Markle has landed on a go-to designer for all things royal–and the her tailor of choice should come as no shock. The Duchess of Sussex stepped out to attend her first royal events with the Queen on June 14, 2018, donning a dress by Clare Waight Keller for Givenchy. Traveling without her husband on Her Majesty's private royal train for an overnight ride (an honor not even Prince Harry or the Duchess of Cambridge have received, according to reports), Meghan and the Queen then traveled by car to the opening of Mersey Gateway Bridge in Cheshire. Meghan's choice of a dress with clean lines in pale color created by the woman who now knows her measurements best, Waight Keller, is an expected move from a newly titled royal.
When it comes to fashion, royals tend to stick with what they know, who they know and what they feel suits their style. There is little room for a fashion faux pas–although some feel Meghan's bridal gown may have been a style misstep–and royal women tend to rely on designers they feel have served them well to create looks they know will be remembered. After her wedding to Prince William, Catherine was seen donning numerous looks by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen. Kate tuns to Burton for many of her key appearances, like the suit she donned to Prince Harry and Meghan's wedding, as well as the look she wore to her sister Pippa Middleton's wedding to James Matthews.
I predicted that Clare Waight Keller for Givenchy would become #DuchessOfSussex Meghan’s go-to royal tailor, rather like Sarah Burton (McQueen) for Kate. Given today is Meghan’s most important job to date and she’s in Givenchy, it rather looks as if this is the case. pic.twitter.com/jtwqTwiFbx- Emily Andrews (@byEmilyAndrews) June 14, 2018
It's not surprising Markle is following suit in her own way, turning to her bridal designer to dress her for key appearances, and sticking to the look she is now most associated with: clean lines, sharp tailoring and innovative necklines. Meghan paired her custom Givenchy with a black belt, black pumps and a simple envelope clutch. The capelet seen on Meghan's nude-toned dress today is a staple for Keller at Givenchy; the designer incorporated it into her most recent Haute Couture collection–and now, on Markle's latest look.
Expect to see the Duchess of Sussex in custom Clare Waight Keller pieces moving forward, primarily when dressing for appearances with the Queen, who also approved the design of Meghan's Givenchy wedding gown, per royal tradition.
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