Meghan and Harry met the King of Tonga this evening for a reception and dinner. It marked the (very stylish) start to the Fijian portion of the Royal Tour.
Hello, glam! We loved that Meghan chose a white dress for tonight’s event that let her natural beauty shine through. Her selection of jewels this evening offered another nod to her late mother-in-law with an appearance by Diana’s Aquamarine ring we haven’t seen since Meghan’s wedding day… When we also saw her in a white dress!
Shoes: Aquazzura Deneuve Pumps
Dress: Cap-Sleeve Beaded Silk Satin Column Gown by Theia
Earrings: Birks Snowflake Snowstorm Earrings
Clutch: Givenchy Jewelry Clasp Clutch
Ring: Princess Diana’s Aquamarine Ring
Love Meghan’s look today? We asked the team to come up with some of their favourite #MirrorMeg options- including one from the Meghan’s Mirror MirrorMeg collection!
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What did you think of Meghan’s look as she met with the King of Tonga?
The Duchess of Sussex looks beautiful in this white dress, However, a different clutch and shoe would have been better.
They are both stunning. A website wrote that it is a Diana bracelet. ❔❔❔
Finally a win! This is a very nice look, well done Meghan.
Deborah A. Lorenzen says
Love the gown, it has a very 40’s look! I just can’t get on board with the hanging hair tendrils for a formal dress! Her hairstylist needs to find some bobby pins. The black pumps and clutch are a no for me. A silver sandal with some sparkles would have looked great with this gown along with a silver clutch. MM is really blinged out with the ring, earrings, bracelet and beaded sequin crystal detail on the gown.
I totally agree. Love the dress, but the hanging tendrils don’t work for her. Especially since Meghan constantly puts them behind her ears. A more sleek and polished hairstyle would have matched the dress.
This dress just takes me back to M&H’s wedding day, the joy, the love and of course two beautiful dresses!! The cut of this dress is so interesting and the work around the bodice and sleeves plus the beading provide a great visual to what might otherwise be a basic white gown. Meghan looks absolutely beautiful, I love the little tendrils of hair in the front it’s such a soft, romantic look.
I’m so jealous of her jewelry this evening! The earrings are beyond stunning and that bracelet just sparkles! I’m thrilled to see that she wore Diana’s aquamarine ring again but I do wish we could see better photos of it. The color of this stone works so well with Meghan’s coloring, it’s almost like it was made just for her.
Thanks MM for all of your hard work! I don’t know how you do it, I can barely keep up just reading your posts let alone writing them! I hope you’re taking care of yourself and getting some rest.
Madison Mile says
Duchess Meghan looks absolutely stunning! Not many people can wear a fitting white dress at almost 5 months pregnant and manage to look chic, sexy and comfortable – but of course she can! I also love that she’s wearing Princess Diana’s Aquamarine ring, which is so stunning it’s really the only other jewelry other than the diamond earnings, needed with the dress.
I personally love the loose tendrils with the up do, it’s a look that many celebrities and royals have done for years, and it feels like this is one of the ways she can assert her laid back California personality into these looks , but I understand it’s not for everyone, especially at formal events.
I also agree with some of you that the clutch and shoes should have been silver/diamond accented. This is a case where she recycled the shoes and clutch which are beautiful and maybe made her feel more comfortable, but they weren’t the best choices to accent the down.
All in all, this is one of my top 5 favorite looks on the tour so far!
Madison Mile says
Of course I meant “gown”! 🙂
….”but they weren’t the best choices to accent the down.”
Stunning and absolutely perfect for the event. In one angle she looks exactly like Julia Roberts so whoever brought this up before is spot on.
My question is just how far along is her pregnancy? This was just published today. According to online reports, the collection was shown April 13 , over a month before the wedding. O’Neill is saying he got the request for a gown a week before the show, so around April 6th. Then he was almost immediately asked to remake it with extra seam allowance that same week before his show. If all of this is correct, could she actually be 6 months along? If so, why not let us know? Remember these press tours are planned well in advance of when they let the public know.
Here is the post on Red Carpet Fashion Awards today:
Theia Creative Director Don O’Neill shared his thoughts. “The Duchess of Sussex has long been a source of inspiration. Her classic, effortless and chic style coupled with all the excitement leading up to her wedding earlier this year inspired my Spring 2019 bridal collection which I showed in April.”
“When her stylist reached out to inquire if I could make a dress for her Australian press tour, I stopped everything we were doing (my bridal show was just a week away) and immediately went to work on Her Royal Highness’s gown. We completed the gown in 2 days, shipped it out and received confirmation that The Duchess LOVED it, but with one caveat. We needed to remake it with extra seam allowance. We knew immediately why this extra allowance was required, but Mum’s the word, and with less than one week to my bridal show, all hands were on deck once more, we re-made the gown and I literally had to run down Broadway that Friday night to catch the UPS truck making it with just 2 minutes to spare!”
Deborah A. Lorenzen says
Wow, Karen, you are a marvelous sleuth! She might have pregnant at the wedding the reason for her wedding gown being so “roomy”. Why would you make a gown with the option of extra seam allowance? Wishful thinking that she would be pregnant by October? Hmmm. Is there an official statement of the due date? April is too late I predict February! Plus I don’t think they would have allowed her to travel if she was only three or four months along.
Exactly! I’m betting February or even January and they will say the baby is an early arrival. There are a few posts on the Internet saying friends knew she was pregnant before the wedding. Very exciting that we might not have long to wait!
Gorgeous look ! Great combo of a simple style with an interesting twist, with the structural elements that Meg seems to love. Love her soft feminine updo, but ageee with the comments about the colour of the shoes/bag, but it’s looking like she just brought a small accessories capsule with her for the trip. (I do love her minimal style)
And yep I think she is further along than officially announced, being a bit vague about her exact due date is probably a deliberate tactic to give them some privacy. What an exciting time in her life!
I believe the Bridal Show that he is referring to is the one that he had on October 4, 2018. It is shown on the calendar for New York Fashion Week:
He states that she inspired his Spring 2019 Bridal Collection which he showed in April. But I believe he is talking about the October show for his Fall 2019 Collection when he states that he had to rush to make the dress.
Think about it—-why would he be rushing to make the dress last April, when he had the whole summer to make the dress.
Deborah A. Lorenzen says
Love this post so much fun!
Sorry that makes zero sense to me and that’s not what he said. . Time will tell but I would put money on her being pregnant when she walked down the aisle.
Let me clarify. He may we’ll be protecting her privacy and being vague on purpose. I do see your point, but what makes zero sense to me is that a professional stylist working with one of the most visible women in the world would wait until almost the last moment to source possibly the most important gown of the tour. Generally these items are sourced and obtained months in advance, at least that has been my experience. But you may be right. My money is still on an early arrival lol!
It makes no sense that he was rushing around a week before his April show when he had all summer to make the dress. But it does make sense that he was rushing to get it done the week before his
October show. He had to rush then because she needed the dress 10 days after his October 4 show.
As far as why they ordered the dress so late, who knows? Maybe there were some last minute changes to her wardrobe as her body changed. It has changed a lot since she has been on the tour.
Yes that certainly could be the way things happened. . If you are building a tour wardrobe, generally the evening dresses are centerpieces that you build the rest of the wardrobe around. I’d think there would be a sense of urgency to get those gowns in place well in advance …. but you make a good point. It still seemed a wee bit tight even with the seam allowance, but both evening gowns were really lovely.
Lucy you are right! The Daily Mail just reported he clarified he was contacted at the end of September! Well done! I’m still shocked they waited so long to source the dress and I do still think she is much further along . I was just hoping this was the clue!
The Daily Mail now has a story that says that the designer was contacted by her stylist in September.
“Speaking to FEMAIL, O’Neill, creative director of New York-based label THEIA, explained he was contacted by the duchess’ stylist at the end of September and rushed to send the requested gown to the palace in just two days.
The designer was just a week away from showing his Autumn 2019 bridal collection on 5 October when the royal stylist contacted him.
‘She [said she] had seen a style from my Resort 2017 collection that The Duchess requested be made in an ivory crepe and needed it less then one week’s time,’ O’Neill explained.
‘I stopped everything we were doing – bridal show preparations were in full swing -and immediately went to work on Her Royal Highness’s gown. We completed the gown in two days and shipped it out.
‘We received confirmation that the duchess loved it upon receiving it, but with one caveat. We needed to remake it with extra seam allowance. We knew immediately why this extra allowance was required, but Mum’s the word.’
With less than a week to go until the bridal show, ‘all hands were on deck once more’ and the gown was re-made.
O’Neill added: ‘I literally had to run down Broadway that Friday night to catch the UPS truck making it with just 2 minutes to spare!’