THE Duchess of Sussex of Sussex has been wearing an interesting selection of pieces by emerging Australian designers and her personal favourite labels that make up her wardrobe staples.
But tonight she stepped out in a name no one could have predicted.
It wasn’t an Australian designer. It wasn’t a British label favoured by the royal family. It wasn’t an internationally recognised couturier.
No, no. The designer was one most of us didn’t even know had turned her hand to fashion – former X-Files star Gillian Anderson.
Meghan turned up to the Invictus Games welcome reception at the Sydney Opera House’s famed Bennelong restaurant in a coat by Dana Scully.
She wore navy coast from the actor and director’s capsule collection for British label Winser London.
— Rebecca English (@RE_DailyMail)
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The Soft Wool Swing Coat. In dark navy with an indigo hue. Ok so I wanted to create a coat that had elegant movement to it when it’s open without the extra material making it bulky or cumbersome. And I really think we’ve done that. The front darts allow it to sit neatly on the shoulders but it then hangs generously and moves almost like a dress. This coat is incredibly light made from a double-faced soft wool blend that when tied could be mistaken for a cashmere bathrobe. Can be worn with evening gowns and jeans alike. Really is the perfect coat! xG #GAWinserLondon @winserlondon
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Daily Mail royal reporter Rebecca English was among the first to identify the piece, saying she had some pieces from the line in her own wardrobe.
“I’ve got loads of their stuff. It’s gorgeous!” she tweeted.
While we’ve not yet had a good look at what Meghan’s wearing under her coast, it’s been reported the Duchess wore a Stella McCartney dressed that she’s been spotted in before.
Meghan paired the navy outfit with nude Stuart Weitzman pumps.
HIDDEN MESSAGE IN MEGHAN’S OUTFIT
THE Duchess of Sussex has abandoned her relentless support of Australian designers, straying across the ditch for today’s wardrobe choice.
But we’re not mad about it — she did so for a good reason.
Meghan arrived at Sydney’s Hyde Park to open the redesigned ANZAC Memorial dressed head to toe in sophisticated black.
The Duchess wore a button down dress by New Zealand designer Emilia Wickstead, who infamously accused Meghan of copying one of her designs for her wedding dress — and was later forced to issue an apology for her comments.
Meghan also whipped out the first piece of headwear for the tour, a fascinator by famed London milliner Philip Treacy, and patent black slingback heels by US label Tabitha Simmons.
While a cynic could see the choice of a Kiwi designer as a snub to Australia, there’s actually a very touching reason Meghan may have made the careful outfit choice.
Choosing a New Zealand designer was perhaps a subtle nod to the military partnership between Australian and New Zealand to which the couple were paying their respects at the ANZAC Memorial ceremony.
This morning’s event was also the first time Harry threatened to upstage his wife in the fashion stakes.
The Prince was in full military uniform, sporting the British Army’s Blues and Royals tropical dress.
Harry’s dashing white dress suit was accompanied by his many military medals, including one signifying his role as a Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order.
It just about went unnoticed, but Meghan also wore a New Zealand designer yesterday during the couple’s trip to Bondi Beach.
While much was made of the Duchess’s Martin Grant dress — an Aussie designer she has favoured throughout the trip — most of us didn’t pick up on her accessories.
Meghan wore a pair of earrings by NZ favourite Karen Walker. The “temptation studs” feature a pair of dyed freshwater pearls and retail for $369.
— What Meghan Wore (@WhatMeghanWore)
Over the past four days, the Duchess has worn nearly $30,000 worth of designer outfits.
The pregnant royal’s cashed-up wardrobe has included a Martin Grant trench coat ($2262), Dion Lee dress ($1282), Stuart Weitzman heels ($656) and a Gucci mini Sylvie bag ($2650).
CLASSY RESPONSE TO FASHION FEUD
As well as a touching tribute to the ANZACs, Meghan’s outfit choice also signified an act of forgiveness.
The Duchess’s selection of an Emilia Wickstead dress laid to rest a fashion feud started by the New Zealand designer.
The designer shocked the fashion world with criticism of Meghan’s wedding look.
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After the May royal wedding, Wickstead accused the new royal of having a dress designed that she claimed was a copy of one of her own designs.
Wickstead claimed Meghan’s Givenchy gown, which came with an estimated cost upwards of $300,000, was a rip-off of her own $12,000 design.
“Her dress is identical to one of our dresses. Apparently a lot of commentators were saying ‘It’s an Emilia Wickstead dress’,” she told the Daily Mail at the time.
The bitter designer bizarrely reportedly went on to criticise Meghan’s wedding day look and hairstyle.
“If you choose a simple design the fit should be perfect. Her wedding dress was quite loose,” she said.
“I was like, ‘hold the wisps back — it’s a royal wedding for God’s sake’.’
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Since @emiliawickstead has gotten her knickers all in a twist over the supposed infringement of her groundbreaking design, here is yet another archival 1967 Givenchy wedding dress from the @chicagomuseum that may have served as inspiration for Clare Waight Keller’s Givenchy design. Different construction with the seaming and a more traditional boatneck than Keller’s exaggerated version, but overall a strong resemblance with the relaxed trumpet silhouette vs. Wickstead’s A-line skirt and fully bare shoulders. Dieters, how do you feel about Wickstead going off on Markle/Givenchy? Personally did not expect someone at her level to try and make this historic moment about herself smh. Pro tip: don’t bite the hand that feeds you if you want to keep cashing those royal paychecks lol • #royalwedding #royal #royalfamily #meghanmarkle #princeharry #royalstyle #givenchy #clairewaightkeller #emiliawickstead #chicagohistorymuseum #silk #bridal #weddingdress #couture #hautecouture #wedding #dress #gown #veil #tulle #crown #jewels #white #wiwt #ootd #dietprada
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But Wickstead was later forced to issue a grovelling apology after popular Instagram fashion account Diet Prada pointed out the similarities between Meghan’s dress and a 1967 Givenchy design.
Unsurprisingly, the Duchess did not respond to the reported comments, and considering today’s outfit selection, she didn’t appear to be bothered by them.
Meghan has worn the Kiwi designer’s creations on a number of formal occasions, and the designer is also a favourite of her sister-in-law, the Duchess of Cambridge.
ROYAL COUPLE’S CASUAL COSTUME CHANGE
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex both underwent outfit changes and are dressed more casually after the formalities of their earlier visit to the ANZAC Memorial.
Arriving on Cockatoo Island for the first event of the Invictus Games, Meghan, who had been wearing a conservative black Emilia Wickstead dress and Philip Treacy hat this morning, had changed into black jeans by Mother and a white jacket.
Under the Altuzarra jacket, Meghan wore her official Invictus polo shirt, as did her husband.
Harry swapped his military uniform for grey trousers which he also paired with an Invictus polo, and both royals wore dark sunglasses.
The Cockatoo Island event is the couple’s second in Sydney today.
They’re expected to glam up for an evening reception at the Sydney Opera House ahead of tonight’s official opening ceremony.