Meghan markle’s latest look marks three fashion firsts for the duchess (and tells us something major).
her sleeveless trench dress was an edgier style than most of her wardrobe for official engagements, but classic accessories (mulberry clifton bag, dior dioressence pumps, and birks bee chic studs) raised the sophistication quotient. even so, the blush-toned trench ($825) by canadian brand nonie sends a message: it says, this american princess is ready to spread her sartorial wings in her new role, and that the royal family is here for it (so long as she has a posh hat and weighted hem to keep her grounded, that is).⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
since she became royalty on may 19, markle has inspired women worldwide to rock monochromatic looks; to romanticize minimal silhouettes with blush tones; and to invest in the perfect pair of pumps (and then wear them as often as possible). but today’s ensemble was a departure, even for this famously fashion-forward femme. it marks:
👑the first time she has worn a dress from her pre-royal wardrobe on an official engagement. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
👑the first time she’s reworn any dress since she became a duchess.
👑the first time she’s worn a canadian rtw designer post-wedding.
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ nonie founder nina kharey effused, “seeing meghan markle wear the nonie trench dress today ... is beyond exciting ... it is a true honor to be the first canadian based ready-to-wear designer she has worn since her wedding earlier this year.”
markle bought the dress in toronto in fall 2017—shortly before she moved to london to live with prince harry. maybe she was already asking herself, wwdw? (what would a duchess wear?) after all, meghan’s bff & unofficial personal stylist jessica mulroney is an longtime fan of the brand. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
whatever its provenance, this dress reminds us that the duchess of sussex is the same meghan markle she was before she got her fairytale—she just gets a bigger closet now. and, really, what‘s a happy ending without a whole room for your shoes?
"one of the challenges of our time, without being pietistic or moralistic, is to re-instil in the consciousness of our people that sense of human solidarity, of being in the world for one another and because of and through others." feels incredibly apt in a time of brexits and walls and “i did(n’t) say that”’s #southbankcentre#mandela100years