Meghan Markle chose the first female designer to head fashion house Givenchy to create the most-talked about wedding dress of the year.
The bride stunned in a crisp, white, boat-neck Givenchy dress that showed off her beauty rather than the elaborate designs of a dress.
“The simplicity of the dress is totally her if you look at what she’s been wearing,” stylist and author of “Change Your Clothes, Change Your Life,” George Brescia told the Daily News.
“Talk about less is more,” he continued.
Brescia explained that Markle’s fashion choice shouldn’t be surprising considering how she’s been dressing recently and the simplicity of the gown allows for a different style of compliments like “you look beautiful in that dress” rather than “that dress is beautiful.”
Amanda Dishaw, co-founder of the site Meghan’s Mirror, which chronicles the style choices of Meghan Markle and through a team of professional stylists, said her team wasn’t surprised by the look of the dress because “simplicity is something Meghan loves.”
“This dress will go down in history, referenced by fashion designers for years to come and shown in archives for centuries to come,” Dishaw told The News. “Meghan’s choice of a simple, timeless gown was perfection to make sure it looks as good then as it does now.”
“It’s about seeing the beauty of the woman both in and out and when it’s simple that’s when the beauty she shines through,” Brescia continued.
He added that choosing Clare Waight Keller, the first female to head Givenchy, fits perfectly in line with Markle’s ethos.
“I think that’s why she chose her,” Brescia added.
Dishaw said she found the choice of Keller “completely unexpected.”
“We loved it because Meghan chose the designer for her clean aesthetic, but also because of the accomplishments of Ms. Keller — who is the first female to run Givenchy and has a long track record of success with other British brands like Pringle of Scotland or Chloe. Meghan has also always been a fan of the French aesthetic,” Dishaw continued.
“She has long spoken of her love for French fashion, and being able to pay homage to that today while also representing her new British identity only shows us how she is redefining the role of modern royal — and doing it her way,” she said.
Robert Verdi, a TV personality and celebrity stylist, agreed that he believed Markle chose Keller as a nod to women supporting women, calling it an “empowerment statement.”
“It was almost like the sportswear of royal wedding gowns,” he explained. “It was unlike any royal wedding gown we’ve ever seen.”
Caroline Castigliano, a leading British luxury bridal designer, said she found Markle’s look to be more fitted than royal brides of the past.
“I thought Meghan would wear a more fitted gown than past royal brides and she certainly has! The dress is in line with royal tradition with covered shoulders and back, but Meghan’s modernisms shines through with the three-quarter sleeves,” she said.
Verdi slightly disagreed, adding “I do wish the dress were a smidge more fitted.”
Castigliano shared that the bride did a “fantastic job of differentiating herself” with the gown.
“It’s stunning and totally unique from Diana and Kate’s lace look!” she said.
“Meghan looks thoroughly modern with her choice of gown and this is her personality shining through and I think she is showing how she will add to the royal family here with her gown,” Castigliano continued.
It is tradition for royal brides to use British designers and this time was no different, according to representatives of Bicester Village and Debrett’s, a leading guide to etiquette in the UK.
“The boat neckline and ultra-long veil is a new variation on the dresses worn by previous royal brides, although the Duchess of Sussex complies with tradition by opting for a dress with sleeves,” the spokesperson from Debrett’s Guide to a Modern British Wedding explained to The News.
Social media users had mixed to reactions to Markle’s simplistic choice, with some asking “what is that dress omg.”
“Her dress is just meh,” one user wrote.
Another added, “Meghan probably thought she had to play it safe with her dress.”
“Wasn’t a fan of the boatneck,” another user wrote. “Also creased a lot.”
However, most Meghan-lovers were impressed with the choice and thought it was stunning on the bride.
“I love how Meghan has chose a very classy, simple dress and left her makeup natural… Simply stunning,” one person shared.