With Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s royal wedding just two weeks away, speculation continues among the fashion press over who will design that all-important gown with Erdem, Christopher Bailey, Stella McCartney, and Alexander McQueen proving to be the favourites. But according to Daily Mail, Meghan has chosen London-based luxury fashion label Ralph & Russo to design her wedding dress.
Australian duo and real-life couple, Tamara Ralph and Michael Russo, are renowned for their extravagant couture designs. Meghan chose their dress for her engagement portraits and if she sticks to a pattern – Alexi Lubomirski who took the royal couple’s engagement photos, is slated to take the royal wedding photos on May 19th – Ralph & Russo it is! But that’s not all… Earlier today, Kensington Palace confirmed that Meghan will be wearing not one, but two dresses on royal wedding day.
Personally, I would love to see her wearing Erdem. The Canadian-Turkish designer based in London is known for his beautiful aesthetics, ladylike designs and a nostalgic look but always with a modern, pretty spin. Plus not only is the brand a favourite among the British fashion press a royals, but Meghan has worn the label on multiple occasions, and the brand’s connections with Canada would also be very fitting.
Although we won’t know for certain what she’ll wear until she steps out of the car, I thought it would be fun to hear from internationally renowned U.K. wedding dress designer Caroline Castigliano, who offered her thoughts on what type of gown she thinks Meghan will choose for her big day:
“I believe the dress will be delicate lace with subtle beading and Meghan will wear a V-neck and long lace sleeve. The gown will skim Megan’s body and have a large train attached at the waist in a silk zibeline – from the front you will see the vision of the body skimming lace dress and this fabulous train creating drama – the train will extend to the back and the lace from the gown will trickle down the train from the waist. Meghan will wear a silk veil covering the entire gown and extending to just past the end of the train on her gown – she will wear a tiara chooses from the collection of the late Princess Diana – I believe Megan will wear a delicate diamond necklace and matching bracelet.”
And how does Castigliano think Meghan’s first dress will compare to her second? “Megan’s first dress will be entirely different to her second dress for the evening – the gown she will wear for the service and day time reception will be classic in styling and appropriate to the occasion. The dress Megan will wear for the evening reception will be fitted and slinky I suggest it will have some sparkle bead work – it is likely to be backless and show her stunning figure.”
Guess we’ll have to wait and see.
Photos: Ralph & Russo, C.Castigliano