It’s Understated Elegance for Meghan at Tonga Black Tie Party
It’s been a wardrobe whirlwind today, and Meghan wrapped things up with an elegant, understated gown by THEIACOUTURE.
To welcome the Duke and Duchess to Tonga, King Tupou VI & Queen Nanasipau’u hosted Their Royal Highnesses at a black tie reception and dinner. Here is a very quick video as the couple arrives.
— Rupert Evelyn (@rupertevelyn) October 25, 2018
9News Australia reports that the song “Imagine” was played as the couple entered the reception this evening. While at the function Meghan chatted with a doctor interested in her health. Danielle Stacey has more on that conversation in her Yahoo UK story:
They met with an array of dignitaries, including Justice Charles Cato, a New Zealand judge and his Russian wife Miriam.
Mrs Cato said: “I asked, how does she feel? She responded, ‘Very well, thank you.’ I said, ‘No visible signs yet!’”
The Duchess then looked down at her white embellished Theia dress and laughed.
Mrs Cato added: “As a doctor I was a bit concerned about her taking all these long trips. “I’m a mother of two. I know how it feels.
“I asked her to take care of herself. She promised to do so.”
In addition to the food and drink there was a music/dance presentation at the party. Kensington Palace tweeted that “The entertainment watched by Their Majesties and Their Royal Highnesses included performances from Fa’ahiula, Me’etu’upaki, Ta’olunga and Lakalaka.” (I believe these are all dances, not performers, but I could easily be mistaken.)
The Tonga Travel Guide explains that “Traditional Tongan dances are stories sung by the singers and acted out by the dancers.”
The guide notes that “The Lakalaka is a standing dance that begins slowly but builds to a rhythmic finish.”
After dinner the Duke delivered remarks.
He said: ”We are deeply grateful to you all for welcoming Meghan and me to Tongatapu (the main island of Tonga) and to Your Majesties for making us feel at home here.”
“My grandparents have visited a number of times and Your Majesties have been frequent visitors to see my family over the years.”
He also read a message from HM:
The message said: “Your Majesties, it gives me great pleasure that my grandson and his wife are visiting the Kingdom of Tonga.
“Our two families have enjoyed a deep and warm friendship over many years, and I hope that our close relationship continues with the next generation.
“To this day, I remember with fondness Queen Salote’s attendance at my own Coronation, while Prince Philip and I have cherished memories from our three wonderful visits to your country in 1953, 1970 and 1977.”
Now for our look at what Meghan wore for this evening’s reception and dinner.
She was in a bespoke gown by THEIACOUTURE. More about the brand from its website:
Inspired by the Greek Goddess of Light, the THEIA collection was created to bring out women’s inner light and beauty. THEIA possessed the magical power to create light, and as the mother of the sun, the moon, and the dawn, her children illuminate the world in which we live today.
THEIA is known for its elegant gowns.
In addition to bridal fashion, the brand also offers evening gowns and cocktail dresses. Below, two designs from the Resort 2018 collection.
The label recently collaborated with Lovely Bride, creating a collection of gowns in sizes 16W – 24W.
Meghan’s gown appears to be a version of this dress, a design discovered by the always-helpful and incredibly fast ID whiz, Heaven.
Made of ivory crepe, the frock features cap sleeves, a banded waist, and flanged shoulders embellished with crystals and microglass beads.
Here is a closer look at the shoulder embellishment.
The label’s founder and Creative Director, Don O’Neill was clearly excited Meghan wore one of his designs.
— Don O’Neill (@DonONeillDesign) October 25, 2018
The Irish-born New York-based designer added another tweet saying he was “Humbled , delighted and excited to have dressed Her Royal Highness in my THEIACOUTURE gown. Her Royal Highness is a marvelous bright shining light in this world.” People reports Mr. O’Neill said the Duchess was the inspiration for his Spring 2019 bridal collection. Below, the designer at the Spring 2019 Bridal Show.
More on how Meghan’s dress was created come via this Red Carpet Fashion Awards story:
“When her stylist reached out to inquire if I could make a dress for her Australian press tour, I stopped everything we were doing (my bridal show was just a week away) and immediately went to work on Her Royal Highness’s gown.
We completed the gown in 2 days, shipped it out and received confirmation that The Duchess LOVED it, but with one caveat. We needed to remake it with extra seam allowance. We knew immediately why this extra allowance was required, but Mum’s the word, and with less than one week to my bridal show, all hands were on deck once more, we re-made the gown and I literally had to run down Broadway that Friday night to catch the UPS truck making it with just 2 minutes to spare!”
RCFA has a photo of the designer and his sketch of the gown.
What fun reading about the logistics of getting the gown made and the last-minute adjustments made to accommodate Meghan’s pregnancy; you can see the entire RCFA piece here.
Meghan brought back her Givenchy Clutch with Jewelry Clasp ($1990). The minaudière is done in black satin, has one slip pocket inside and a chain shoulder strap.
We saw the ‘Deneuve Pointy Toe Pumps’ by Aquazzura again ($545).
In the jewelry department Meghan wore Diana’s aquamarine ring and the still unidentified diamond bracelet.
Most recently we saw the bracelet at Tuesday’s Fiji dinner.
A busy day in Tonga and Sydney is ahead; here is a look at the schedule.