The Duchess of Sussex wore a dress by Brandon Maxwell for today’s ‘Your Commonwealth’ Youth Challenge Reception.
Meghan and Prince Harry as they arrived at Marlborough House in London, where the event was held.
Prince Harry and Meghan, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, have arrived at the celebration of a #CommonwealthYouth Leadership Training at #MarlboroughHouse, the headquarters of the #Commonwealth Secretariat pic.twitter.com/g9fDkZLnJE
— The Commonwealth (@commonwealthsec) July 5, 2018
The Commonwealth’s headquarters is located at Marlborough House.
A bit of background on the historic structure:
Marlborough House is almost 300 years old and has the status of a Royal Palace. It has been occupied over the years by some five Dukes and Duchesses of Marlborough, three Dowager Queens of the United Kingdom, three Princes of Wales who later became Kings of the United Kingdom and Prince Leopold, who became King of the Belgians.”
It is well worth a visit if you’re in London. Group tours of the House can be set up by prior arrangement and held on weekday mornings.
Thirty-five delegates from the Commonwealth Youth Council have been taking part in leadership training at Marlborough House for several days. More from a news release:
The Duke of Sussex was appointed by The Queen as Commonwealth Youth Ambassador in April 2018. In this role, and together with The Duchess of Sussex, The Duke will learn more about how the Commonwealth Youth Forum is supporting inspiring young people to shape the future.
More about today’s event from Simon Perry’s People story.
The reception came at the end of a day when the Commonwealth Youth Forum had been holding a series of workshops focusing on the sort of world the young leaders want to see by 2040.
Prince Harry delivered remarks, saying “We can’t wait to see you in action in your home countries and learn about what you’re doing to better the Commonwealth, and the world, in 2040 and beyond.”
Meghan chatting with delegates and guests.
The Duke and Duchess also met youth representatives from four countries they will be touring this fall: Tonga, Fiji, Australia, and New Zealand.
This comes via The Daily Mail’s coverage:
Harry, who was created the Queen’s Commonwealth Youth Ambassador in April, told guests at a reception at Marlborough House in London how he and Meghan were excited to be working with young people in the 53-nation association of mainly former British Empire countries.
Now to what Meghan wore for today’s engagement.
She was in a vibrant yellow frock by US designer Brandon Maxwell. One could almost hear audible sighs of relief from those who feared Meghan might never appear in bright, vivid colors again.
The Sleeveless Boat Neck Dress is from the designer’s spring/summer 2018 collection. The fitted sheath is a double-faced crepe, crafted of a viscose/acetate blend with a touch of elastane for stretch. It showcases a bateau neckline, concealed zipper, and center back slit for ease of movement.
The dress is fully lined. It is available in very limited sizes at Net a Porter (originally $1495, it is now $598).
Brandon Maxwell is a fairly young brand, launching in 2015.The brand has been worn by a broad mix of celebrities, including Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, and Michelle Obama. In addition to his own business, Mr. Maxwell has been Lady Gaga’s stylist since 2012. Krissy Turner offers insight in this Daily Telegraph column:
Maxwell is known for his glamorous aesthetic; his catwalk collections which are presented at New York Fashion Week each season regularly feature floor-length dresses with thigh splits, one-shouldered jumpsuits and figure-flattering midi dresses. Celebrity fans of the brand include Blake Lively, Gwyneth Paltrow and Jennifer Aniston.
It is also another brand that has its wares produced in New York City; 100% of the company’s merchandise is designed and made there. Over the weekend the Duchess wore a dress by Shoshanna (below); more than 75% of that label’s items are made in NYC.
The Brando Maxwell Instagram page noted its pride in seeing Meghan wear the dress, describing it as “a proud moment for our team.”
Meghan wore her Manolo Blahnik BB 105 heels. The point-toe style is suede with a 4.1″ heel. The Duchess did not carry a handbag today and wore her hair up.
The Duchess had on the Adina Reyter Three Diamond Amigos curve earrings.
The earrings are 14K gold with a total diamond weight of .15 carat ($498). We first saw Meghan wearing them in March for a day of engagements in Birmingham.Another look at the Duke and Duchess.
Here’s our graphic view of what Meghan wore.
If interested in getting the look for less, we have a number of options on our Match Meg’s Style – Dresses page.
We *hope* to see you tomorrow. Serena Williams plays on Centre Court at Wimbledon in the afternoon and we think Meghan may watch the match. There’s absolutely no confirmation, but we’re crossing our fingers.
- The Sun’s story is here; The Daily Mail’s story from Rebecca English is here; The Daily Mirror article is here; The Daily Telegraph’s fashion piece by Krissy Turner is here;
- A PopSugar gallery is here; the Fug Girls piece is here; USA Today’s story is here; Fashionista’s coverage is here; Danielle Satcey’s fashion story for The Mirror is here
- The Dallas Morning News did an outstanding profile of Brandon Maxwell; it is available here