Meghan Markle (or should we say the Duchess of Sussex) has changed out of her Givenchy by Clare Waight Keller wedding gown into a custom slinky dress by Stella McCartney for the evening reception at Frogmore House. For her second wedding dress Meghan turned to another British female designer, Stella McCartney to create a more Hollywood gown.
Although the evening reception is a private event, the couple waved as they drove in a vintage E-type Jaguar with the personalised license plate E190518 in a cinematic moment that looked like it was straight from a James Bond film. Meghan opted for a white halterneck gown made of silk crepe with a fitted bodice and a flared floor-sweeping skirt, with a huge aquamarine ring on her finger that belonged to Princess Diana. As with her first wedding dress this is a sleek, modern look with no embellishment or lace and a focus on clean lines.
"Having two dresses has been a wedding trend limited to the few in recent years, with only 8% of brides in 2017 wearing two dresses on their wedding day,” says Bridebook.co.uk. “However, with Meghan's stunning choice of second dress and the high exposure of the event, we expect to see this as a trend that only gains in popularity in the coming years. For her second dress, Meghan has chosen a dress that is both consistent with her first dress with the pure white silk, and uniquely trend setting with the striking and modern combination of a high neck and open shoulders.
“High necks are the choice of wedding dress for 17% of UK brides, they are often paired with long sleeves (as seen on Pippa Middleton's dress),” adds Bridebook.co.uk. “Given the impact Kate Middleton's dress has had in the past 7 years, we expect to see clean bright white satin, and high necks and open shoulders dominate the wedding dress trends."
With these two dresses Meghan will change bridal trends, moving them away from lace to a cleaner more minimal designs. "We're thrilled to see Meghan embracing and leading a new trend in wedding dress style," say the experts at Bridalbook.co.uk. "Ever since Kate and William's weddings, lace has dominated wedding dresses in the UK, with 45% of UK brides wearing lace on their big day in 2017 and only 16% wearing satin or silk. In comparison Meghan's dress is striking, structural, demure and clean evoking a very traditional and reserved look that is still forward thinking and modern in style. Just as with Kate's influence, we are sure to see Meghan's dress completely transform the wedding dress styles for many years to come.”
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