Monday, March 19, 2018

Top 10 Designers Rumored to be in the Running for the Wedding Dress of Meghan Markle

According to the latest fashion reports, Meghan Markle has not only finalized the designer but also the dress she will be wearing on her royal wedding day. The name of the official designer will not officially be revealed until the actual ceremony on May 19, but there are already rumors doing rounds about the possible names throughout the world of fashion. One thing is certain, whatever designer is picked will receive their own crowning title as the designer of the year for 2018. 

The Short List of Contenders Include:

Ralph & Russo: Double Agents

Tamara Ralph and Michael Russo are a designer duo from Australia who have made a name for themselves with their haute couture designs and extravagant dresses. This designer couple has recently introduced a new ready-to-wear line. Rumor mills have it that Ralph & Russo have already bagged the coveted assignment from the Princess. Ralph & Russo’s recent limelight and numerous clients shouldn’t prevent them from being able to focus and dedicate a team of professionals to uptake the elaborate process of making Markle’s dress.  The label purportedly has one of the largest design teams in the world for such special projects.  It also helps that Meghan Markle selected a Ralph & Russo dress for her engagement photos.

Erdem: A Confident Selection

Erdem has been a long time favorite designer of Meghan’s. She chose a beautiful maxi dress from the designer to attend the marriage of Laura Hughes and Tom Inskip in 2017. Erdem is a Canadian-Turkish designer known for his feminine dresses influenced by ancient art and culture with a modern touch. His collection at London Fashion Week in February of this year was an ode to Adele Astaire, the sister of famed actor and dancer Fred Astaire.  Adele coincidentally ended up marrying a British Duke.  Erdem fans include Emma Stone, Claire Goy, and Gwyneth Paltrow.   While Erdem is not known for designing wedding dresses he has done several before including a dress for Vogue editor Emma Bates.

Jenny Packham: The British Connection

It is hard to overlook the contention of this British designer who is a wedding gowns specialist. Her creations are famous for beaded blouses, laced sleeves, and figure hugging gowns.  In fact, many consider her work worthy of being worn by a Princess. Jenny has been the preferred choice of celebrities like Kate Hudson, Angelina Jolie, and Kate Winslet for dresses on the red carpet. She is also a favorite of Kate Middleton. The Duchess was recently seen in a blue embellished gown designed by Jenny Packham at the Royal Variety Show.

Misha Nonoo: BFF

Misha Nonoo may not be a front runner, but she is a close friend of Meghan and Harry. Misha’s dress was worn by Meghan when she attended the Invictus Games along with Harry, for her first official function. It would certainly be a surprise if Misha was selected by Meghan to design her wedding dress but could be the right pick for an unexpected plot twist.  According to insiders, Meghan and Harry are planning an understated affair. To her credit, Nonoo designed her own wedding dress in 2012. She has also collaborated with Oscar de la Renta.

Alexander McQueen: Kate Middleton’s Darling

British designer McQueen needs no introduction. His gowns have been worn by many celebrities like Jessica Chastain, Emily Blunt, and Kate Blanchet. The biggest reason why he could be chosen to design Meghan’s wedding gown is the strong nod from the Duchess of Cambridge. The Duchess’ own wedding gown came from Alexander McQueen’s studio.  Kate Middleton’s lace-sleeved gown became a huge hit among all the brides of London.

Mychael Darwin: The Impeccable Taste  
A protégé of the legendary Bijan, designer Mychael Darwin of Mychael Darwin Couture is a very private American couturier to billionaires.  He has methodically built a formidable by- appointment-only clientele consisting of Hollywood elite and moguls. The Los Angeles-based designer has worked with Oscar winners Kate Winslet and Angelina Jolie, as well as Alicia Keyes, and supermodel Claudia Schiffer.  A student of architecture, Mychael Darwin specializes in high-end wedding gowns and treats the construction of each dress like a layered work of art.  His signature style elements include detailed hand beading, intricate embroideries, and exquisite silk fabrics. He is known to spare no expense in creating wedding masterpieces. Ig | Fb

Carolina Hererra: The Venezuelan Connection

Carolina Herrera cannot be ruled out from this list. Meghan was praised when she wore a strapless gown designed by Herrera during a Vanity Fair photo shoot. Carolina has created many famous wedding gowns in recent years including ones worn by Renee Zellweger, Emily Rossum and Olivia Palermo.  Her designs are known for their elegance and modern approach. Carolina has indicated her desire to retire soon but designing Meghan Markle’s wedding gown could be the final triumph for her.

Vera Wang: The Ultimate Professional

Vera Wang would be an ideal choice for Meghan if she wants to take it to the stage.  Meghan being no stranger to television drama as an actress, may decide to step out in a Vera Wang dress. Images of Carrie Bradshaw are etched permanently in the minds of so many women from the iconic romantic comedy series and Sex and The City movies.  The Carrie Bradshaw character wore stunning Vera Wang designs, which are still fresh in the minds of female fans around the world.  Former British Spice Girl, now business mogul—Victoria Beckham also wore a Vera Wang dress at her wedding in 1999.

Oscar de la Renta: A Realistic Option

Her American roots may entice Meghan to select an American designer even though it might offend some purists to have a non-British designer creating the wedding dress. His studio is now being headed by Fernando Garcia and Laura Kim who have added the spirit of the Millennials to the classic designs that Oscar de la Renta is famous for. His studio is credited with creating the wedding gowns of celebrities like Allison Williams, Amal Clooney, and Kate Boseworth.

Roland Mouret: The French Favorite

Mouret, a French designer, came into the limelight with his “Galaxy” dress in the 90’s. This classic figure hugging gown design has been worn by starlets like Cameron Diaz, Halle Berry, Naomi Watts and Victoria Beckham. Mouret is known for his classic bridal gowns which are minimalist in nature while still alluring. He is known for his structure and silhouettes. Meghan is no stranger to Mouret and recently was seen in Mouret at a Los Angeles dinner event in Mouret’s honor.

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