Meet Meghan’s Friend and Stylist, Jessica Mulroney

We are back with some news updates and the first of our profiles on names to know in Meghan’s inner circle.

First, in case you missed the news, Harry and Meghan have several engagements in Edinburgh on Tuesday, the 13th. More from our Meg Events page.

Tuesday, February 13: Meghan and Harry will be in Edinburgh, Scotland. They will first visit Edinburgh Castle; after being welcomed by the Royal Marines Scotland Band, they will watch the firing of the One O’clock Gun inside the Castle. Their second stop is at Social Bite, a group of cafes using its profits to end homelessness in Scotland. The couple will meet the charity’s founders, as well as staff and some of the people supported by Social Bite. Their final engagement will be at the Palace of Holyroodhouse (generally called Holyrood Palace), the monarch’s official residence in Scotland. They will attend a reception celebrating Scotland’s Year of Young People.

We will have full coverage of this Tuesday on Facebook and on Twitter.

Next, news that Meghan is expected to have a role at this April’s Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London, a weeklong event that will be attended by as many as 52 Commonwealth heads of state. More from Camilla Tominey’s story in The Express:

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson is also expected to take part in the summit, and Foreign Office staff are thought to be keen to harness the popularity of Ms Markle, who was cheered as she has accompanied Harry on engagements in Brixton and Cardiff in recent weeks.

This could see Harry and Meghan attend a glittering state banquet at Buckingham Palace, where the American actress could be asked to don a royal tiara for the very first time – just weeks before her wedding on May 19.

We’ll update as we learn more information about the events.

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Now we turn our attention to Jessica Mulroney, one of Meghan’s closest friends as well as her stylist. Many of you have probably seen some of the news coverage about Meghan’s wedding gown.

If not, here is a quick update: in mid-January royal correspondent, Omid Scobie reported on Good Morning America that a dress had been chosen and Jessica Mulroney is involved in the process. More from ABC:

“We have a wedding dress designer,” said Scobie, also a royal biographer. “Meghan flew in her close friend and bridal stylist Jessica Mulroney from Toronto to London last weekend where she attended a top-secret fitting at Kensington Palace with the designer.”

Mulroney’s four-day visit to Kensington Palace last week also allowed Markle and Mulroney to start reviewing plans for the May 19, 2018, wedding and reception. Mulroney, also a bridal planner, is assisting Markle in the entire design and concept of the wedding party outfits and look for the reception.

It occurred to us that perhaps not everyone is familiar with Jessica Mulroney or knows about her friendship with Meghan, thus our post today.

Ms. Mulroney is a fashion stylist based in Toronto, Canada; one of her most notable clients is Sophie Grégoire Trudeau. She has referred to herself as a ‘fashion strategist,’ and she does style commentary for a variety of media outlets. Her husband, Ben Mulroney, is a TV presenter whose father is former Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney. The couple has three children, fraternal twins Brian and John, and daughter Isabel (often called Ivy). The Mulroneys shared a family photo at Christmas.

Below you see Ms. Mulroney in photos from her Instagram account.

Jessica Mulroney Instagram

Ms. Mulroney co-founded The Shoebox Project with her sisters-in-law, a charity that supplies boxes filled with personal care items to women in shelters in the US and Canada. Meghan has been seen wearing the SHARE JOY bracelet, sold as a fundraiser for the Shoebox Project.

Jessica and Meghan met in 2011 in Toronto, where Suits is taped. Here you see her with Meghan in an August 2016 Instagram photo posted by Ms. Mulroney.

Jessica Mulroney Instagram (Click photo to visit Instagram feed)

And here Meghan dances with Ivy Mulroney.

It is said that Ms. Mulroney suggested the styles worn when Meghan and Harry met the media after their engagement was announced, a coat from Line the Label and dress by Parosh.

Kensington Palace

More on the friendship from a 2016 Toronto Life piece about Jessica and Ben Mulroney:

Just last summer, when Markle’s relationship with Prince Harry was still top secret, the gal pals spent a few days living la dolce vita on the Amalfi Coast (and because it was 2016, their getaway had its own hashtag: #­MJxItaly).

Another picture via Jessica’s Instagram from that Aug 2016 vacation.

Jessica Mulroney Instagram (click photo to visit page)

It is likely Ms. Mulroney introduced Meghan to Birks jewelry; she is a style expert for the jeweler. Below, a Birks video showing her in that role.

Daughter Ivy also starred in an ad campaign for Birks with her mother.

Ivy is rumored to have a role as one of the flower girls at the wedding.

In addition to her personal Instagram account, the stylist has another account, Jessica Mulroney Weddings.

Jessica Mulroney Weddings (Click photo to visit Instagram feed)

Ms. Mulroney is a consultant for the Canadian arm of Kleinfeld’s Bridal Salon, made famous in the cable show Say Yes to the Dress. Here she examines the back of a wedding gown.

Jessica Mulroney Wedding Instagram (click photo to visit Instagram page)

In this photo you see the stylist adjusting a piece of Birks jewelry.

Jessica Mulroney Weddings Instagram (Click photo to visit Instagram page)

What sort of wedding designs does the stylist like? Here is a look from the Instagram feed that was captioned “I love a bride that isn’t afraid to wear something different.”

Jessica Mulroney Weddings Instagram (Click photo to visit Instagram page)

Another dress is shown on Instagram.

Jessica Mulroney Weddings Instagram (Click here to visit Instagram page)

This is a dress Ms. Mulroney featured on Instagram that is by a Canadian brand, And For Love. 

Jessica Mulroney Weddings Instagram (Click photo to visit page)

I’m not suggesting Meghan would wear anything like the three dresses shown above; they merely offer a very brief look at Ms. Mulroney’s feed.

How much influence does Jessica Mulroney have? This is from a Women’s Wear Daily story:

…the Los Angeles-born Markle has also made a point of wearing an assortment of Canadian labels, many of which she discovered through her stylist Jessica Mulroney — Sentaler, Aritzia, Mackage, Reitmans, Soia Kyo, Pink Tartan and Smythe.

Meghan and Jessica discussed wedding gowns well before the actress was engaged to Prince Harry. The stylist is featured in this video with Meghan as she works on picking out the wedding dress Rachel Zane (Meghan’s character) will wear in an episode of Suits.

Ultimately Meghan wore a dress by Anne Barge for the Suits episode, as seen in this photo from Kleinfeld Bridal. The style is the “Versailles” from the spring 2016 collection.

The dress as photographed by Anne Barge. 

The names that continue to be bandied about as likely designers include Roland Mouret and Erdem, and today a new name was added to the mix in this Hello! story by Laura Sutcliffe:

The word on the London fashion circuit is that the former Suits star is planning to wear a dress by London designer Antonio Berardi.

The piece points out that Meghan wore an Antonio Berardi dress when watching Prince Harry play polo last May (photos here).

As noted above, Roland Mouret continues to be discussed as a likely designer. This is via Page Six.

Designer Roland Mouret isn’t only a close friend of Meghan Markle’s, he’s also rumored to be in the running to design her royal wedding dress. “Meghan knows really well what she likes and the main thing with Meghan is to listen to her and work in collaboration with her,” Mouret tells Alexa, coyly refusing to divulge more. “I’ve already said too much.”

Clearly, Jessica Mulroney would work with any designer Meghan selected, wanting her friend to shine on her special day. Susan Courter believes Roland Mouret is a likely designer. I (Susan Kelley) continue to waffle, and think the Berardi option is a good one. There’s also the possibility Meghan will choose separate designers for the wedding and the second reception.

We’ll see you next Tuesday, if not before!

LINKAGE:

  • Toronto Life’s profile of Jessica and husband Ben Mulroney, “The Ben & Jess Show,” may be read here
  • Town and Country‘s story, “Meet Meghan Markle’s Best Friend Jessica Mulroney,” is here 
  • People’s backgrounder, “Who is Meghan Markle’s Stylist BFF Jessica Mulroney?” is here 
  • Click here to read a National Post story, “Meghan Markle’s new social circle — will there be room for stylist Jessica Mulroney?”

 

4 Comments

  1. preppyhippy February 10, 2018 at 1:28 am

    I have a strong feeling that Meghan is going to go for something very modern. I know that she must wear sleeves – or rather, cover her arms and shoulders while in the Church – but I could see her wearing a strapless or sleeveless dress with a cover that can be worn in the Church and then taken off afterward. I think it won’t be like any other Royal wedding dress we’ve seen.

  2. Harla February 10, 2018 at 10:54 am

    I just discovered your site WMW and am already a fan!!!

    Meghan had mentioned before that besides Caroline Bessette’s wedding dress being “a goal”, her wedding dress style would be more whimsical and romantic than Rachel Zanes. That being said I’m so looking forward to seeing her dress, which tiara she’ll wear and the whole wedding style and decor. The only hope I would have is that she does not choose Erdem as her designer. I really can’t stand his designs, the ruffles, the high collars, the loud prints, are all so garish and unflattering.

    1. what meghan wore February 10, 2018 at 11:34 am

      Hi Harla – Welcome! So glad you found us and are enjoying the site!
      I’m thinking it won’t be Erdem for her primary gown – maybe for the reception/party however I am thinking possibly the next day or over that weekend at some point. I think of a Erdem as more of a party frock. Also, it would seem almost too predictable IMO.
      Watch here for more posts on the Royal Wedding – Tiara talk, jewelry and more! – sac

  3. ElizaMo February 12, 2018 at 5:20 pm

    The list of names who might design the wedding dress seems to get longer with every passing day. I’m afraid I got left behind while we were still at the Ralph & Russo vs Stella McCartney stage.

    But I think we are all laying out our bets here. I was thinking it would be a British label for the dress as the wedding is so firmly located within the setting of the Royal Family. I’ve been informed by Vanity Fair just the other day that it couldn’t be Victoria Beckham because she’s shown no inclination towards bridal wear so far, though I can’t help thinking she could always make an exception.

    And then I start wondering if McCartney might not be too unorthodox, and maybe Giles Deacon who did Pippa’s dress could yet be in the running. I’d also thought Meghan might want to step away from the Canadian references to her past before reminding myself that of course it’s the perfect Commonwealth reference for her to make.

    And there’s always McQueen of course, British to the core and demonstrably capable of rising to a royal pageant. It’s also a label favoured by Meghan before, though I imagine she’d want a different designer than Kate this time, despite their recent pairing of outings both wearing that same name.

    So I’ll plump for her choosing one of the British names and then she can go right ahead and pick a Mouret or Erdem come the day! Thanks so much for the post and valuable insight into Mulroney.

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