Meghan chose a dress by Black Halo for a Women’s Empowerment reception this evening.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at a Commonwealth women’s empowerment reception tonight. pic.twitter.com/KBZOokYURp
— Richard Palmer (@RoyalReporter) April 19, 2018
The reception was hosted by Boris Johnson, the Foreign Secretary. Guests represented organizations working for global gender equality; many of the charities and other entities in attendance focus on achieving equality through girls’ education. Organizations at the reception included the Malala Fund, the Code Camp, along with Plan International and the Varkey Foundation. In this video from Victoria Murphy of The Daily Mirror you see Meghan and Harry speaking with guests.
Video of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry talking to guests at a Women’s Empowerment reception this evening pic.twitter.com/d6tkLYGc5i
— Victoria Murphy (@QueenVicMirror) April 19, 2018
More about tonight’s reception from Simon Perry’s People story:
They met representatives from charities and organizations that work to promote global gender equality through girls’ education, including the Malala Fund, Plan International, the Varkey Foundation and Code Camp. KP ‘Platform for Girls Education’, is an integrated campaign between the @foreignoffice, @DFID_UK and @educationgovuk. Tonight connects a group of 12 influential figures from across the Commonwealth, who will drive forward the political momentum on girls’ education.
We move now to our look at what Meghan wore for the reception.
She was in a frock by Black Halo called the Jackie O Belted Dress. Black Halo was founded in 2002 by Laurel Berman, who remains as designer and creative director. The dress is a key element in Black Halo collections and it has quite a reputation. More from a 2013 Wall Street Journal story:
When Laurel Berman’s blouse wouldn’t stay tucked into her high-waisted pencil skirt, the fashion designer fixed the problem by stitching the two together. Several tweaks later, the “Jackie O” dress was born.The Jackie O has since been worn by Tyra Banks, Scarlett Johansson, Kim Kardashian, Kelly Ripa and many other celebrities whose wardrobes inspire women to shop.
The dress is a blend of polyester, rayon and spandex and it is fully lined. The sheath-style piece has a high-waisted top with a draped asymmetrical neckline. (I digitally lightened this photo to better show the detail on the bodice.)
And from Black Halo’s Laurel Berman:
The Jackie O Dress made her debut in our Fall 2006 collection. The dress was an instant hit! “Jackie” could be worn to work, cocktails and dinner afterwards! From everyday working women to Hollywood celebrities, everyone loved the flattering fit. My design philosophy has always been to make women feel 2” taller and 5lbs thinner when slipping into a Black Halo dress.
In her piece for The Telegraph Olivia Buxton Smith wrote about the high temps in London.
If yesterday’s weather provided Duchess-to-be Meghan Markle with a sartorial challenge, then today’s rising mercury levels saw this challenge made greater still. How does a royal-in-the-making look polished and appropriate in temperatures reaching 28 degrees celsius?
…Markle has opted for a black midi dress by affordable American brand Black Halo, taking a comparable approach to yesterday’s spin on heatwave dressing by way of a simple, mid-length dress (a wise choice given that minimal fuss generally means maximum comfort).
Below you see the Jackie O in red and blue, as well as in black with the longer sleeves.
Meghan carried a clutch by Gucci.
The bag is called the Dionysus Velvet Mini Bag. It’s name comes from the “textured tiger head spur closure – a unique detail referencing the Greek god Dionysus, who in myth is said to have crossed the river Tigris on a tiger sent to him by Zeus.” The bag measures 6.5″ x 4″ by 1.5″ and has a removable chain shoulder strap. It is available at Saks ($830).
We saw Meghan in a new pair of shoes this evening. The Aquazzura Milano Cut Out Suede pumps feature a pointed toe, wraparound ties at the ankle, and a 4″ stiletto heel. The style is available at Net-a-Porter ($750) and at Aquazzura ($750).
Meghan wore earrings we’d not seen previously, another pair by Birks. The style is called the Plaisirs De Birks Diamond Swirl earrings. They are made in 18K white gold and retail at $1595 CAD, about $1260 USD and £900 at today’s exchange rates.
Meghan wore her hair up tonight.
We’ll leave you with this image of Meghan and Harry, it is almost good enough for a caption contest.
Also today, news that both Meghan and Harry are both included in Time magazine’s list of the 100 most influential people of 2018. The essay about Meghan was written by friend and actress Priyanka Chopra.
Prince Harry’s profile was written by Sir Elton John.
A reminder we will be here to cover Saturday’s engagements!
- Learn more about the Women’s Forum on the CHOG website; the CHOG Facebook page is here; the CHOG Instagram is here and Twitter feed here
- Click here for the WSJ story on The Dress That Never Quits; you can click here to read Olivia Buxton Smith’s full style piece in The Telegraph