So Meghan Markle’s wedding dress was designed by Clare Waight Keller for Givenchy. And it was a very well-kept secret. Clare and Givenchy weren’t mentioned in the weeks leading up to the wedding. As my colleague Traci Melchor would say, the Daily Mail came out wrong and strong at the beginning of May, reporting erroneously that it was to be Ralph & Russo. Which, looking back, the palace probably appreciated because it took the heat off the real dress and the real designer.
We’re not even a week past the wedding yet and now we’re getting some Girl Sh-t. Designer Girl Sh-t. Because the wrong and strong Daily Mail is reporting that Emilia Wickstead is suggesting that there’s been some creative borrowing. According to the DM, Emilia thinks that the dress Clare designed for Meghan is similar to one of hers:
“Her dress is identical to one of our dresses,” says Wickstead. “Apparently a lot of commentators were saying, “It’s an Emilia Wickstead dress.”’
Apparently this is the dress Emilia is referring to:
So… is it? Is it the same?
With wedding dresses, because you’re basically dealing with a big ass white gown, it’s all in the details. To me, you can see the difference in the details between Meghan’s Givenchy dress and Emilia Wickstead’s in the neckline and the skirt. Meghan’s was a proper bateaux neckline. The Wickstead is more of an off-the-shoulder, there’s nothing bateaux about it. And the Wickstead skirt is fuller, like ball gown styles, and clearly goes out at the hip, where Meghan’s falls closer to the body and comes straight down to hug the hips. Or at least it was intended to hug the hips, if the fit was better.
That’s another thing that Emilia is criticising:
“If you choose a simple design the fit should be perfect. Her wedding dress was quite loose.”
Can’t disagree with her there. It was loose though, I think, because the material was so heavy.
Emilia’s not done yet. She also had some sh-t to talk about Meghan’s hair:
“I was like, “Hold the wisps [of her hair] back — it’s a Royal Wedding for God’s sake.”'
Why is Emilia so salty!
The thing is, Meghan has worn Emilia before. She wore Emilia Wickstead for Anzac Day and… most notably… Princess Kate wears a lot of Emilia. Has Emilia declared her royal preference for Kate over Meghan? And if so, does Kate strike Emilia Wickstead off her list of go-to labels? Will Meghan stop wearing Emilia Wickstead?
WHYYYYYY would you do this if you’re Emilia Wickstead?
Two of the most visible British royals wear your clothes which is a win, period. Why would you f-ck with that? What is the justifiable rationale for possibly alienating one or both of them? How is this showing your work?