The Duchess of Sussex wore an elegant evening gown tonight for the wedding of her close friend, Misha Nonoo.
Just days away from their upcoming tour with son Archie, the Duke and Duchess are in Rome, where the wedding of Ms. Nonoo and oil heir Michael (also called Mikey) Hess took place. A quick video of their arrival via Christin (@PackhamGown) on Twitter.
The #DukeandDuchessofSussex arriving in Rome 💒
— Christin Zi (@PackhamGown) September 20, 2019
As many readers know, Ms. Nonoo is a longtime friend of Meghan’s and owns the Misha Nonoo fashion brand. Below, several images from Meghan’s Instagram page show the duo at various locales.
Meghan and Ms. Nonoo at New York Fashion Week in 2015.
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Previously married to one of Harry’s closest friends, Alexander Gilkes, many believe the designer helped introduce the Duke and Duchess. The first time we officially saw Meghan with Harry she was wearing the brand’s Husband Shirt.
The designer and fiancé at the Duke and Duchess’s wedding.
The Duchess has been featured wearing Misha Nonoo designs on the brand’s Instagram page.
Misha Nonoo is also one of the four retail partners for the Smart Set clothing collection benefiting one of Meghan’s patronages, Smart Works. Below, Ms. Nonoo and the Duchess at the launch of the collection last week.
The setting for tonight’s wedding was the renowned Villa Aurelia.
The 17th-century property was built on land that belonged to Pope Paolo III and it offers stunning views of Rome.
The 6 pm wedding was a star-studded event with a guest list that includes Princess Beatrice; Princess Eugenie; Katy Perry and fiancé Orlando Bloom; Karlie Kloss and her husband, Joshua Kushner; Ivanka Trump and husband Jared Kushner; James Corden and his wife, Julia Carey.
What did the bride wear? We don’t have photos yet, but People’s story has details:
Obviously, you want your husband to think you look beautiful and you want your respective families to as well, but otherwise you can do whatever you want — you can have short sleeves, long sleeves, high neck, low neck, open back, no back. It makes it much more challenging. I like to design with a set of parameters. It took awhile for me to come to what it was going to be in the end. I had some ideas initially. I knew I wanted it to be traditional. So I’ve opted for two dresses, so I can tick both boxes!
The three-day celebration started with an elegant rehearsal dinner last night. The weekend wraps up tomorrow with a gala party at Cinecittà film studios, Europe’s largest film studio. According to this Hello story, “The dress code states women should wear full-length dresses and men should dress in tuxedos for the star-studded nuptials.”
It looks like the Duchess wore a gown by an iconic Italian brand, Valentino.
The Embellished Tulle Evening Dress ($13,500) is semi-sheer tulle embellished with sequins in a spiral pattern. The gown has a surplice neckline with a nipped-in waist and wraparound fastening.
Our thanks to Mail Online’s Caroline Parr (@CarolinePParr on Twitter) for the dress ID. The Duchess also wore what looked like new earrings in gold with diamonds. If additional photos become available we will update the post.
Meghan’s shirt worn in the image with Misha Nonoo is The Smart Set shirt ($125) and can still be purchased.
Below is the The Smart Set capsule collection with links to the pieces.
- Marks & Spencer: Dress ($32.50) / Petite sizes ($32.50)
- John Lewis: Tote ($138)
- Misha Nonoo: Shirt ($125)
- Jigsaw: Jacket (£199, about $245) and Trousers (£120, roughly $150)
BAZAAR understands that Duchess Meghan came across the page after browsing their most recent Instagram posts and wanted to help them reach their goal.Some wondered whether it was from the Sussexes after the couple pledged support for the charity on their Instagram account in August. “I said to my colleague, ‘That has to be Harry and Meghan,'” Knight says. “We made some calls and were able to verify that it was from them, which is just incredible. Without that donation and support this would not be happening.”