***SCROLL FOR UPDATES 27Feb2022
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were honored at tonight’s NAACP Image Awards with the President’s Award, given in recognition of Harry and Meghan’s special achievement and distinguished public service. Past recipients include the likes of Condoleezza Rice, LeBron James, Rihanna, Muhammed Ali, and Jesse Jackson, among many other luminaries.
Archewell – founded by Harry and Meghan in 2020 – has supported efforts geared towards fighting for racial justice and has also focused on the Black Lives Matter movement and vaccine equity for all.
In a statement, Harry and Meghan said —
It’s a true honor to be recognized by President Derrick Johnson and the NAACP, whose efforts to propel racial justice and civil rights are as vital today as they were nearly 115 years ago.”
To accept the award, Meghan wore a blue bespoke one shoulder Christopher John Rogers dress.
Additionally, the Sussexes have joined forces with the NAACP on a new annual award, the NAACP-Archewell Digital Civil Rights Award, which will recognize leaders creating transformational change at the intersection of social justice and technology to advance civil and human rights. Each year’s honoree will receive $100,000 to continue to make impact. The inaugural winner is Dr. Safiya Noble, an internet studies scholar and professor of gender studies and African American studies at UCLA. She is also the founder of Equity Engine, a nonprofit committed to creating the conditions for Black women and women of color to thrive through access to education, investments, mentorship, and mutual aid.
Below, Dr. Noble arrives for the awards.
We’re proud to support the NAACP’s work and to also partner with the organization on the newly created annual NAACP-Archewell Digital Civil Rights Award, which will be bestowed to Dr. Safiya Noble as part of the 53rd NAACP Image Awards,” the couple said.
For his part, Derrick Johnson, president and CEO of the NAACP, said of the Sussexes —
We’re thrilled to present this award to Prince Harry and Meghan, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, who together have heeded the call to social justice and have joined the struggle for equity both in the US and around the world. Not only do they continue to lead by example, The Duke and Duchess have also decided to inspire the next generation of activists through the NAACP-Archewell Digital Civil Rights Award, ensuring the support and recognition of generations of civil rights leaders to come.”
After accepting the award, Meghan said that she and Harry “are so deeply humbled to be here in the company of so many illustrious awardees.”
Harry then acknowledged the people of Ukraine before saying —
I also echo the immense gratitude for tonight, both for this award and this community for welcoming me so warmly. I think it’s safe to say that I come from a very different background from my incredible wife, yet our lives were brought together for a reason.”
He added “We share a commitment to a life of service, a responsibility to combat injustice, and a belief that the most often overlooked are the most important to listen to.”
Meghan continued —
I couldn’t be prouder that we’re doing this work together. We moved to California, my home state, shortly before the murder of George Floyd. For Black America, those nine minutes and 29 seconds transcended time, invoking centuries of our unhealed wounds. In the months that followed, as my husband and I spoke with the civil rights community, we committed ourselves and our organization, Archewell, to illuminating those who are advancing racial justice and progress.”
She closed by saying “My mom’s here with us tonight, and we all feel very proud. Thank you.”
The event was hosted by actor Anthony Anderson, who won the Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series award for his role in Blackish, seen below with the couple, his mother and Meghan’s mother, Doria.
Below, the couple with the NAACP president and CEO, Derrick Johnson and his wife, Tamika
Harry and Meghan also spoke out this week about global events, writing “We stand with the people of Ukraine” on the Archewell website. The couple condemned the Russian invasion of Ukraine, with a statement saying “Prince Harry and Meghan, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex and all of us at Archewell stand with the people of Ukraine against this breach of international and humanitarian law and encourage the global community and its leaders to do the same.”
And, in lighter news this week, the black silk Georgio Armani dress Meghan wore for she and Harry’s interview with Oprah last year has gotten an honor of its own – it has been named The Fashion Museum’s Dress of the Year 2021, as it “encapsulates the prevailing mood of fashion, represents the past year, and captures the imagination.”
In a statement, the museum said of its choice —
It’s well known that members of the Royal family often use outfits to send a message through their choice of style, color or motif. It was reported that the Duchess chose a dress with a lotus flower design because of the flower’s symbolic association with rebirth, self-regeneration and spiritual enlightenment, and its ability to flourish despite seemingly challenging conditions.”
credit: CBS/Harpo Productions
Anytime Meghan’s fashion and work gets praise, we’re here for it – and this week, we got both.
Now our look at what Meghan wore.
***UPDATE 2/27: The Duchess wore a blue one shoulder silk dress is by Christopher John Rogers. The dress is a bespoke piece, below is a sketch from the designer.
More from Vogue’s piece on the New York based Black designer —
Rogers received an email from the Duchess about a month ago, asking if he’d like to work together. Soon after, they hopped on a call to virtually meet. “I was immediately struck by her warmth and just her overall demeanor—her sense of ease and confidence within herself,” says Rogers. “We quickly touched on this idea of a reveal. She hadn’t really stepped out like this in a while.” (The NAACP Awards is her first public appearance of 2022. Previously, she attended the Salute To Freedom Gala in November 2021.)
Rogers mixed high octane glamor with American pragmatism in his four-ply silk custom creation, complete with a chiffon bust overlay. The trim body of the dress is adorned in a shade he calls “Cunningham Blue”—a nod to the cobalt-colored jacket worn by New York Times fashion photographer Bill Cunningham—and features two-foot train in addition to the train. “[It] is always really exciting being able to use color, and lots of different shades of the same color, to create some sort of graphicism, which is signature to me,” he says. “It’s something that feels fresh and right for now.”
Below are some pieces from his current collection available at Saks Fifth Ave.
You may recall Vice President Kamala Harris wore the purple coat and dress by the designer for the Presidential Inauguration in January 2021.
Zendaya wore one of his dresses for the 72nd Prime Time Emmy Awards in 2020.
Her shoes are by Aquazzura — the Celeste glitter sandal in gold, $1250.
The Duchess brought back two bracelets we’ve seen before. The first one is Diana’s gold and blue stone bracelet which we first saw when the couple was visiting Australia in 2018. The other is her Cartier ‘Love’ bracelet, a piece she often wears.
Below, Meghan wearing the bracelet during Royal Visit Australia, October 2018.
Diana wearing the bracelet in Mayfair, May 25, 1994.
Meghan had on a pair of gold earrings which we think are by Alexis Bittar – the Crumpled Gold post style, $245.
***UPDATE 2/27: Doria Ragland wore the Burberry ‘Fabiana’ slash neck dress in black, $1178. The dress is past season from about 4 years ago an is no longer available.
For those interested in what Harry wore, his tuxedo is a bespoke piece by London-based designer Ozwald Boateng.
More about Ozwald from the designer’s history page —
Ozwald Boateng has had a transformational impact on menswear fashion for almost three decades, with a design aesthetic rooted in Savile Row traditions but defined by international style, detail, and artistry. His instinctive use of colour, cut and fabric fuses traditional classic British tailoring with a high end modern design focus on the refinement of a man’s silhouette, this has brought tailoring to a whole new generation of men.
Finally, we want to apologize with regards to the quality of the photos. We’re still dealing with screenshots and low quality images for many of our posts. It has been a struggle to find good quality images for many of the events that Harry and Meghan have been attending as the photo agencies we use either don’t carry the images or the couple uses their own photographer. Previously we worked with some of the best Royal photographers – James Whatling and the i-Images duo, Steven Lock and Andrew Parsons. Mark Cuthbert was another photographer who we purchased from often as well as Mark Stewart. Mark Cuthbert and James were particularly good at getting the close up detail shots of things like the shoes, clothing labels or buttons and jewelry which was great for helping us ID items. We very much appreciate all of their hard work and loved working with them on past engagements. Hopefully we will have a chance to work with them again in the future.
We hope to see more of Harry and Meghan in the coming months. In the meantime, we hope to bring you some fun and creative posts while we wait to see them again. – Susan and Rachel