9 Jul 2020

Duchess of Sussex chooses British designer for photocall with Baby Archie

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex presented their baby boy for a photocall in St. George’s Hall at Windsor Castle on Wednesday, and the world got their first glimpse of Baby Sussex. His name was later revealed as Archie Harrison. Meghan stuck fastidiously to her trademark sartorial choices of modern, minimalistic capsule style, choosing a belted sleeveless trench dress from a British designer.

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Baby Archie Harrison (Dominic Lipinski/WPA/James Whatling)

Meghan chose a design by British Menswear designer Wales Bonner, who only recently branched into womenwear in the Autumn of 2018. The womenswear line is now stocked at Matches Fashion and Farfetch. Whilst a relatively unknown designer in wider fashion circles, Wales Bonner has won several fashion awards including, a CDFA Vogue Award and has been designing collections since 2015. Try this to get Meghan’s trench dress style, here.

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, and Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, present their baby son to the World at Windsor Castle, Windsor, Berkshire, UK, on the 8th May 2019. Picture by Dominic Lipinski/WPA-Pool

Meghan, The Duchess of Sussex wears Wales Bonner to present her baby son to the world at Windsor Castle. Picture by Dominic Lipinski/WPA-Pool

Wales Bonner Spring Summer 2017 and Autumn Winter 2017

The white double breasted sleeveless, fit and flare belted trench dress has diagonal flap hip pockets and large rear vent. It was not really what we expected to see Meghan wearing as new mother. A typical floral or muted pastel three-quarter sleeve floaty dress was more what we would expect to see. However, we feel that Meghan precisely steered clear of this stereotypical Stepford Wives look. The message to the casual observer was subtle, that of a modern woman’s capsule collection.

Though when digging deeper into the designers mixed Jamician/English background and design aesthetic of relaxed gender fluid pieces, Meghan’s message through her clothing was strong, loud and clear. Meghan is honouring not only her cultural background by choosing Grace Wales Bonner, but baby Archie’s mixed heritage, the fact that Harry and Meghan will not be traditional parents and they will look to be modern, edgy and inclusive.

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Grace Wales Bonner represents everything that Meghan stands for. She is a strong confident woman, defining her own way in the fashion world and life. She is not allowing her gender or culture to affect her life but rather utilises this to encompass who she is in a positively transformative manner. This is reflective in her design aesthetic and her conscious move to create collections against the norm of what can be a highly-critical fashion Industry. She wants to design clothes for everybody and not be pigeon-holed into a trend or styling category.

Wales Bonner pushes beyond just the androgynous look, to move towards the more current social climate of gender fluiditity, designing clothing that are not just for men and are not just for women, but designing clothing for all with a relaxed tailored styling. Wales Bonner looks to her cultural roots combined with the idea that women like to borrow comfy clothes from men’s wardrobes to inspire her collections.

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Wales Bonner’s recent Autumn/Winter 2019 collection is an eclectic mix of outerwear, suiting, vintage inspired street style from the late 70s and early 80s, to gender fluid pieces and relaxed styling paired with cultural designs, textiles and traditional clothing pieces.


Wales Bonner Autumn Winter 2019


Wales Bonner Autumn Winter 2019


Wales Bonner Autumn Winter 2019

We have seen Meghan choose the sleeveless trench dress and tuxedo dress style on numerous occasions over the past year. It may ultimately appear a masculine style, though Meghan has pulled through some feminine undertones in these dresses through a fitted silhouette, fit and flare skirt and soft pastel colourings.

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Meghan wore her Manolo Blahnik ‘BB Pumps’, in beige suede. We feel Meghan may have preferred to be in her dressing gown and fluffy slippers, rather than these towering 4 inch/10cm pointed toe stilettos, just two days after giving birth.

Meghan wore her Jennifer Meyer ‘3 Turquoise Mini Bezel Dangle’ necklace retailing for £584. The gold chain necklace with three drop Turquoise stones was almost barley noticeable on Meghan, especially with the focus on the baby. The stones are set in 18ct gold and sit upon a 16 inch 14ct gold chain. You can purchase the necklace here.

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Meghan wore her Jennifer Meyer turquoise necklace for the photocall


Jennifer Meyer 3 Turquoise Mini Bezel Dangle

The Duchess accessorised with her Natalie Marie ‘Diamond Sun Studs’, retailing for £1,892. Three white marquise diamonds are set in 14ct gold in a sunbeam pattern with a total diamond weight of 0.64 carats. You can purchase the earrings here and here.

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Natalie Marie Diamond Sun Studs

We will probably get to see The Duchess of Sussex next for Archie’s christening, and we will hopefully get another fabulous couture ensemble with bespoke royal millinery.

You can steal Meghan’s maternity style here:

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