Meghan in Givenchy for Wedding, Plus, Hello, Lavender Hill!
Hold on to your hats! It was quite a windy one for the wedding of Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank. You can tell by looking at the royal standard in the wind.
Here you see the Members of Nijmegen Company Grenadier Guards lining the West Steps of St George’s Chapel. The Duke of York, Eugenie’s father, is Colonel of the Grenadier Guards.
Below, the Duchess wears Givenchy as she is seen arriving for the wedding.
A closer look.
It was so windy guests and participants were holding down their hats, skirts and anything else that might have been blown by the wind. Below, Princess Charlotte in her bridesmaid regalia, holding onto her skirt.
Meghan and Harry walking to their seats.
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The bride and her father, Prince Andrew, waving to the crowds as they prepare to walk up the steps of St. George’s Chapel.
The page boys and bridesmaids.
Here you have a better view of the Duke and Duchess.
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The wedding party as they head up the aisle.
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The Duke of York, Sarah Ferguson, and Princess Beatrice.
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Both the Princess and Mr. Brooksbank were beaming throughout the ceremony.
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Background on Eugenie’s dress from The Evening Standard:
Princess Eugenie chose a dress designed by Peter Pilotto and Christopher de Vos for British-based label Peter Pilotto, which was founded in London in 2007. The royal family said in a statement that Princess Eugenie first met the designers when she was co-hosting an event that supported women artists several years ago. She’s since worn many of their designs, and she collaborated quite closely with the designers on the creation of her wedding dress.
A look at the beaming brides.
More from the Evening Standard story:
The dress features a distinctive wide neckline that folds around the shoulders to a low back that drapes into a flowing full length train.
The low back was created at the specific request of Princess Eugenie who had surgery aged 12 to correct scoliosis.
In an interview ahead of the wedding on Friday, the Queen’s granddaughter spoke of the importance of showing “people your scars” as she paid tribute to the hospital which performed surgery on her back as a child.
The Princess wore the Greville Emerald Kokoshnik Tiara, as well as diamond and emerald drop earrings that were a wedding gift from her husband.
The couple looked very, very happy.
The couple coming down the steps Harry and Meghan walked down just a few months ago.
This photo of Meghan is from after the ceremony.
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A quick chat with HM The Queen while they await the carriage procession.
Princess Eugenie and her new husband, Jack, make their way around Windsor Castle as the carriage procession begins.
The newlyweds in their carriage.
Now for our look at what Meghan wore for Princess Eugenie’s wedding. She was in a navy ensemble centered around a dress and matching coat by Givenchy.
The coat has bracelet-length sleeves with straps at the cuff, oversize buttons, a stand collar, and flap pockets above what I *think* are side seam pockets. More from Edward Barsamian’s Vogue piece:
The midnight blue shade is a favorite of the Duchess; she selected the regal shade for her pre-wedding arrival to Goring House and to attend RAF celebrations in July. Today’s topcoat featured contrasting black buttons and hit just below Markle’s knee.
Meghan wore a bespoke hat by milliner Noel Stewart.
A closer look.
Mr. Stewart is a new designer for Meghan’s wardrobe. More about the milliner from a May Vogue profile:
“A good hat amplifies and enhances who you are,” explains the designer who graduated from The Royal College Of Art in 2002 and worked for The Queen’s hat maker Philip Sommerville and Stephen Jones before launching his own brand in 2003
The milliner, who has created catwalk hats for Mulberry, Erdem, JW Anderson, Gareth Pugh and Per Gotteson, believes that attitudes to hats are changing as a new generation of confident customers graviates towards bigger, bolder styles.
The story mentioned hats he has created for runway shows. Below you see two done for the s/s 2019 Erdem show. Meghan wore her Manolo Blahnik BB Pumps, first seen at the Commonwealth Day Service back in March.
She carried the Givenchy GV3 Mini in grained leather and suede cross-body / clutch bag, $1,990.00
The leather gloves appear to be Prada in navy nappa leather. (no longer available)
Her earrings, rings and bracelet are by jeweler Pippa Small. More from The Telegraph:
The Duchess added a glittering touch to her navy Givenchy dress coat and feathered hat with stacks of gold Pippa Small jewellery. She wore stud earrings, a bracelet and, on her right hand, multiple yellow-gold rings, all featuring so-called ‘Herkimer diamonds’.
Herkimer diamonds are actually clear quartz crystals that naturally appear faceted, hence their name. As well as being significantly cheaper than real diamonds, they have a more pared-back, less brilliant sparkle. The stones are set in 18ct yellow gold by Pippa Small, a British anthropologist turned jeweller who is renowned for working with indigenous tribes to create pieces using natural, uncut stones.
A closer look at the pieces:
Most of the pieces Meghan wore can be found on Pippa Small’s site.
In addition to her Givenchy separates the Duchess wore a white tee believed to be by Lavender Hill Clothing, the brand’s Boat T-Shirt ($44.80/£34). Before talking about Meghan’s specific tee, we want to share a little background on Lavender Hill’s origins, because it’s a great story.
Five years ago 24-year-old Isobel Ridley was frustrated when she couldn’t find a white tee-shirt of good quality that was also affordable. So the entrepreneur decided to manufacture them herself, and the company was born. Below, Isobel, wearing the Pom Pom T-Shirt, and her very handsome companion, Jock the Scottie.
The issue of price has stayed important to Isobel; she is committed to creating simple, luxurious and attractive styles that are also affordable. A key component of the product line is the fabric Lavender Hill uses. Many pieces are crafted of a very soft blend of Modal® and cotton made specifically for the company in Austria. The fabric has a silky feel and a thicker weave that keeps the tees from being transparent. The company takes great care in sourcing and manufacturing its merchandise. The Modal® used in pieces is made in a CO2 neutral environment, and all of the company’s products are manufactured in Great Britain or Italy. Below, images from the company’s Leicester factory where its essential tees are made. The factory is a third-generation family business that also has an academy where unemployed residents are taught to sew, allowing them to seek skilled jobs in the future.
LHC works to ensure that all employees receive fair pay and are employed in good working conditions. The company’s ethical and sustainable policies, as well as information on its fabrics and production, are available online. Also featured, pictures of some of the employees who make Lavender Hill’s products.
The company has been recognized for its commitment to British manufacturing.
Now for more information about Meghan’s tee, a piece from Lavender Hill’s Boat Collection.
The tee is a 50/50 blend of Modal®/Cotton, the brand’s super-soft fabric that makes the designs feel so good against the skin. We can actually share a customer review from someone right here at WMW, because Susan C. purchased two tees for herself right after we saw Meghan wearing hers. She reports: “The fabric is very soft and once on, I never want to take the shirt off. The tees are very versatile in that they go with just about anything. On a recent trip I found myself reaching for either shirt often to pair with shorts, jeans, skirts or pants.” Susan also says the tees wash really well, something that is always a big plus.
Lavender Hill has sold out of Meghan’s tee, but they have a similar style available, the Half-Sleeve Scoop Neck ($47/£36). It is made of the same fabric, has a similar neckline, and is offered in a mix of colors. Another key component: fit. The company has created styles that offer a flattering fit; designs come in straight, feminine and loose fits (something fashion writers have noticed).
Now for a look at some of Lavender Hill’s other products, including some in its Essentials Collection. Below, the popular 3/4-Sleeve T-Shirt ($50/£38); it is made in a blend of cotton and Modal®, a very soft, lightweight material.
There’s a pretty new stripe tee this fall.
The label also offers an exclusive Body Collection. Pieces are made in the brand’s über-soft Modal®, with a touch of elastane. Pieces are offered singly, like the Turtleneck Top ($65/£49); the Long-Sleeve Layering Tee Shirt ($40/£30); the Sleeveless Vest ($45 /£34). And some are offered in sets, as seen in this Lounge Suit ($118/£90) featuring a loose fitting top with curved hem and trousers with a drawstring waistband. There are also basics that include a Sleeveless Vest ($45/£34); a Bralette Crop Top ($45/£34); and Lace Hipster Pant that comes in nude, black and white ($14.50/£11).
One of Lavender Hill Clothing’s most appealing collections is the Loungewear line, featuring sweaters, tees, leggings and other goodies. Below we show Cashmere Leggings in beige; an absolutely snuggly-looking Cashmere Cardigan in lavender ($395/£300); Cashmere Leggings in navy ($275/£210). The cashmere is knitted in Hawick, Scotland.
The company’s cashmere is also used in other items, like these socks. If looking for holiday gifts, we have a few suggestions, starting with the Scottish Cashmere Hot Water Bottles ($86 / £65).Like the other cashmere items, the fabric for these is made in Scotland. In the center, you see both the front and back of the cable-knit piece. Best of all? The hot water bottle is included with the purchase, so you know it fits inside the cable-knit covering.
Another possible holiday gifting option: soft, warm Cashmere Gloves in a classic design with a button at the cuff. Lavender Hill also offers a fabulous collection of scarves. Below we show a lightweight Merino Wool; a solid lavender Merino wool ($60); on the far right, another lightweight style in Merino Wool. Here are a few other styles, a checked Merino Wool in peach; a lightweight Wool/Silk blend in the center; and a lightweight Merino Wool in navy and rust. This is just a sampling of some of the treasures at Lavender Hill Clothing; there are a lot of other treasures the company offers. We’re very excited that LHC is offering What Meghan Wore readers a 10% discount on its UK site with promo code WKW18. (The discount code will not work on Lavender Hill’s US site because prices are already reduced by 20% to accommodate the lack of VAT.)
We’ll be updating with more wedding photos and info throughout the afternoon and evening!