22 Sep 2020
 

Meghan chooses African designer, plus repeat from S.Pacific tour on first day of #RoyalVisitSouthAfrica

Yesterday saw the beginning of The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s tour to southern Africa, beginning in Cape Town. Meghan chose a new dress by a Malawian designer, as well as a repeat from her south Pacific tour wardrobe. More on the events themselves here.

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The Duchess wore a piece by Mayamiko, the ‘Dalitso Maxi Wrap Dress’ in Black and White DNA for the first official event of the tour. The dress features flared t-shirt sleeves, and a midi hemline, with a v-neck created by the wrap effect of the dress. A self tie belt almost disappears amidst the thorny double-cyclical print around eyes, flanked in columns by an abstract animal print. It is created from ethically sourced sustainable cotton. This dress has since sold out after Meghan wore it.

Mayamiko Dalitso is a designer from Malawi. Each piece from the label has a QR code, which you can scan to find out who made your clothes.

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, and Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, visit Nyanga Township on the first day of their 10 day tour of Africa in Cape Town, South Africa. Picture by James Whatling

Mayamiko Dalitso Maxi Wrap Dress

They were founded by Paola Masper, who seeks to design ‘for the global modern woman,  while giving ode to their birthplace through the use of traditional African techniques and local printed fabrics, locally referred to as Chitenje.’

More from the site about who they are:’ Our collections are cross-seasonal and are inspired by African artisanal traditions and prints, with ethical trading and sustainability at our core.’

Meghan teamed the dress with her Castaner ‘Carina’ wedges, fitting for the warmer climes. The feature an espadrille heel and matching black ankle tie. Get a pair here, here or here, from £77. Or try these and these for a cheaper alternative.

Meghan’s Castaner Carina wedges in South Africa

Castañer Carina canvas wedge espadrilles

Meghan wore a new pair of earrings, from Jennifer Meyer. These ‘Diamond Bezel with Turquoise Marquise Studs’ feature a small diamond stone attached to an oval (marquise cut) turquoise stone. They are made in LA from 18ct gold, and cost $600, approx £480. Get a pair here.

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The necklace was an unfamiliar piece, with a small hamsa charm sat next to a stone. Is the stone turquoise to match the earrings? We’re not sure, but we do know that Jennifer Meyer works with turquoise a lot…

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Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, and Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, visit Nyanga Township on the first day of their 10 day tour of Africa in Cape Town, South Africa, on the 23rd September 2019.
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For events in the afternoon, Meghan changed into a familiar shirt dress by Veronica Beard. The gorgeous shade of blue really makes this relatively simple ‘Cady’ shirt dress work for the Duchess. It features a point-down collar, visible front buttons to the mid-thigh, two front breast pockets and a self-tie belt. The long sleeves end in three-button cuffs.

The dress has sold out since Meghan first wore it last October, but a red version is available here.

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Veronica Beard Cary shirt dress

She kept her shoes and earrings the same, but removed the necklace.

What did you think of this first look? We loved seeing the return of a favourite and a local designer!

Copy Meghan’s style here:

 

Do let us know if you know you identified the dress first!

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