Megan Flies the Flag for Commonwealth Fashion Brands at Youth Forum
For today’s reception with delegates of the Commonwealth Youth Forum Meghan opted for a monochromatic look featuring styles primarily from brands with strong Commonwealth ties.
The Youth Forum is part of the Commonwealth Heads of Government meetings underway in London.
More about Meghan’s participation in today’s event from The Daily Mail:
Bride to be Meghan Markle attended her first major event on behalf of the Royal Family today when she joined Prince Harry for a Commonwealth reception.
It is unusual for someone who has not yet married into the royal family to be involved in a high-profile occasion such as the Chogm summit.
But the Queen, who is Head of the Commonwealth, has made clear she sees Harry and his future bride as lynchpins of her work with the so-called ‘family of nations’.
Last week the Queen appointed Harry to be Commonwealth Youth Ambassador, his highest-profile position with the Monarchy.
More from News.com Australia:
The job will see Prince Harry work to create links between young people and leaders and help them address social, environmental and economic challenges around the world.
It’s the first significant role for the young prince in the 53-member organisation, where many nations are looking for signs of leadership transition in the coming years.
Prince Harry and Prince William, as well as many other royal family members, have been taking part in the Heads of Government meetings since they opened on Monday. Below, Prince Harry at a Youth Forum function on Monday.
More about this week’s Youth Forum events and goals from the British Youth Council:
47 young representatives will gather with young people from across the Commonwealth to build cross-cultural connections and networks, debate the challenges facing its young people, and agree on youth-led initiatives to influence decision makers and ensure young people have a voice in its future.
During the Forum, young people will have the opportunity to current global challenges and opportunities that face young people in the Commonwealth and provide policy recommendations to help solve these issues.
Harry addressed the group Monday.
In his remarks the Prince spoke of Meghan’s role: “I am also incredibly grateful that the woman I am about to marry, Meghan, will be joining me in this work, of which she too is hugely excited to take part in.”
The Prince and Prime Minister Theresa May met delegates from both the Youth Council and Youth Taskforce on Monday.
They also took part in a discussion covering multiple topics, and heard about issues important to the groups’ memberships.
Below you see Harry and Meghan today, meeting delegates to the Forum.
There are 53 member countries in the Commonwealth with a combined population of more than 2 billion; 60% of that population is under the age of 30.
Below, a video shows the couple speaking with delegates.
— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) April 18, 2018
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— Emily Nash (@emynash) April 18, 2018
This year’s theme for the Forum is ‘Powering Our Common Future.’
Kensington Palace notes that the theme “…illustrates the potential of young people to devise solutions to complex global challenges and bring forward meaningful change.”
We now move to our look at what Meghan wore, primarily a mix of brands from Commonwealth countries. Meghan’s dress is the Altuzarra Pinstripe Audrey Button Detail dress. It is the one major item that does not have significant Commonwealth ties; Joseph Altuzarra is a Paris native, moving to the US in 2008; his brand is headquartered in New York.
From the 2018 pre-spring collection, the piece is described as a twill apron dress inspired by the rural styles of women in Bretagne, France.
Made of a viscose ottoman fabric (a textured, ribbed weave), the dress features a square neckline, adjustable straps, button detailing on the double-breasted dress front, slanted pockets, and the asymmetrical opening at the front.
The back and sides of the dress are lined and it comes with an adjustable self-belt. It is available at Net-a-Porter, as well as Nordstrom, and also at Matches Fashion. It is $1995 at all three retailers.
Meghan tied the black and white stripes together with a solid blazer and shoes.
The blazer is by Camilla and Marc, the Australian label’s Marguerite style. For those unfamiliar with the company, it is run by Camilla Freeman-Topper and her brother Marc Topper.
The label is known for its tailored, understated lines, and upscale construction methods and fabrics.
The Marguerite is done in a cotton/rayon blend, showcasing a fitted double-breasted cut with slightly padded shoulders and asymmetric front closure. It is available from Camilla and Marc ($700 USD / £491), at
The Iconic and also at Order of Style in Australia. The Marguerite is also offered in olive green.
Meghan carried a bag by another Australian brand, Oroton, possibly a sign of support for the company.
The ‘Avalon’ Top Zip Crossbody Bag ($221 USD) is done in black and cream pebbled leather; it features multiple interior pockets and goldtone hardware. The adjustable strap can be removed so the piece may be carried as a clutch. The Avalon also comes in a rust/blue combination as well as solid red. I say ‘struggling’ because Oroton went into administration in November, that phrase is equivalent to what we call a ‘bankruptcy filing’ in the US. News Australia reported in December that while it looked like the retailer was doomed, the company “has risen from the ashes following a takeover bid from a major shareholder.”
Meghan’s shoes are by British-born Tamara Mellon, the label’s Paramour style.
Many readers might recognize Ms. Mellon’s name, she was the co-founder of Jimmy Choo. It’s possible today’s footwear choice might also have been a very subtle sign of support, her first husband, Matthew Mellon, passed away suddenly on Monday. Some might find that a stretch, but I think Meghan has shown herself to be highly attuned to the nuances and unspoken messages conveyed by her sartorial decisions.
Meghan wore her gold Bar Stud earrings by Canadian brand Birks. (The photo on the right is from another engagement.)
This is only a partial post, we will be updating shortly!
NOTE: We want to thank Michelle of Perth’s Fashion for her brilliant input today.
UPDATE APR 30: It looks like we have an ID on the open cuff bracelet Meghan wore to the event.
The bracelet appears to be by Tai Jewelry in California – the Asymmetrical Circle Stone Open Bracelet in Moonstone/Gold, Retail $65.00 US
We received confirmation from the company’s PR department that after reviewing several hi-res images of the bracelet they believe it to be their bracelet. One of the identifying details is the small logo tag attached to the bracelet. Susan Courter purchased one of the bracelets; when looking at it more closely she noticed the tag. Susan was also able to confirm the match in shape and stone color from her bracelet to the corresponding details in Meghan’s bracelet.
Tai was born and raised in Bangkok, Thailand. She had an artistic upbringing with an interest in jewelry making and began her business in 2002. She moved to California where she attended California State University. After graduating Tai moved to Los Angeles, where she realized there was a lack of good quality fashion jewelry. This began her business in creating and selling her bracelets at the Santa Monica flea market. It was there that she was discovered by top trendy boutiques.
“Tai’s is proud to employ and support some of the finest artisans in Thailand. Not only does she strive to keep the art of handcrafted jewelry alive, but she supports the community in which the artisans live. She is actively involved with multiple charities both in her native Thailand and the United States.
This community and charity involvement is just the sort of thing that would attract Meghan to support a business such as Tai’s.
A big tip of the tiara to Charlotte of @MadAboutMeghan for suggesting the bracelet by one of her readers from another boutique.
Our other topic today: many new engagements for Harry and Meghan. All of the details may be found on our Meg Events page, but here are the headlines:
- 19 April, Thursday: Women’s Empowerment reception at the Royal Aeronautical Society. This event is also part of the CHOGM.
- 21 April, Saturday: Meghan and Harry attend a reception to celebrate the upcoming Invictus Games in Australia.
- 21 April, Saturday: A live concert at Royal Albert Hall in honor of the Queen will include a special tribute by Prince Harry. Royal Nikkhah of The Sunday Times reports Meghan is expected to attend the concert.
- 23 April, Monday: Harry and Meghan will attend the 25th Anniversary Memorial Service to celebrate the life and legacy of Stephen Lawrence, held at St. Martin-in-the-Fields church.
- 25 April, Wednesday: Meghan and Harry attend a dawn service in honor of Anzac Day.