The Royal Wedding – Meghan Makes A Beautiful Bride

It was the most wonderful of royal weddings. Everyone’s favourite Prince, Harry married Meghan Markle. The bride looked graceful and elegant in a gown from Clare Waight Keller and Givenchy. The groom was suitably handsome and didn’t leave a dry eye in the house with the looks he gave his bride to be, and the ceremony itself was warm and lovely, and full of touching moments that will long live in the memory. Welcome to the firm Ms Markle!

The dress

Meghan has supreme style and always looks amazing, but today she looked incredible in a dress that gave me thoughts of any Givenchy legend, Audrey Hepburn. It was beautiful in its simplicity, very plain, with a boat neck style and ice white colouring, leaving any adornment to the exquisite veil and tiara. I love Vogue’s description:

It was contemporary royal elegance epitomised in an haute couture gown: ceremony sans opulence, romance without the fuss.

Royal wedding dresses do have a protocol to follow, they usually have long sleeves and a demure romantic style. I think this dress is just perfect in that it is timeless, ageless and modern minimalist style that made Meghan look the very epitome of a modern royal bride.

The best dressed guests

The guest list had a Hollywood feel, with Idris Elba, James Cordan, George and Amal Clooney and Meghan’s colleagues from the cast of ‘Suits’ all in the congregation. Add to this the Royal family, and football and fashion royalty in the guise of David and Victoria Beckham, and you have a real fashion feast for the eyes.

My pick of the guests was the stunning Amal Clooney. She was wearing sunshine yellow, which stood out from the many darker outfits. I believe the outfit was Prada, and it was a stunning choice on a super sunny day. I also loved the outfit worn by Princess Beatrice, no lobster style hat this time, but a beautiful 1950s style gown that reminded me of Charles James designs.

Victoria Beckham looked stylish and elegant in one of her own designs – I loved the pop of colour that came from the coral shoe, whilst Priyanka Chopra from Suits looked stunning in the softest lilac suit.

One guest who was criticised for her outfit was Chloe Madeley. Her dress and hat looked lovely, but she was criticised for not covering her shoulders in the church. Pippa Middleton looked beautiful in a floral gown, but, hilariously, the dress was compared to a can of Arizona Green Tea (check out the can…there is a similarity, but the dress is still so pretty though).

All in all, I thought this was one of the most stylish royal weddings of all time.

M&Co are celebrating the shift dress this Spring

The shift dress is a design classic, an item of clothing that never dates and certainly never goes out of fashion. It first gained fame in the 1950s and 60s, when shift designs by Norman Norell, Lily Pulitzer and of course Givenchy, were worn by Audrey Hepburn, Jackie Kennedy and Jean Shrimpton. The simple design and clean lines of the shift made it a design that still remained vibrant and important even as the 1960s began to swing – the hemlines were just raised a little.

The design gained shoulder pads in the 1980s, and then worked with the minimalistic style of the 1990s, being the last fashion favourite of Diana, Princess of Wales. In face, the shift dress was the fashion item of the 1990s, being worn by Posh Spice aka Victoria Beckham in the Spice Girls Wannabe video, and it was also a favourite of Kate Moss and the late Carolyn Bessette Kennedy.

And it shows no signs of going anywhere soon. No modern-day fashionista worth her salt would be without this wardrobe classic. Mollie King, Amal Clooney, Victoria Beckham and Kate Moss have all been seen wearing the style staple to great effect. Whether it be in the guise of a little black dress, a pretty floral shift, or a bright, colour block number, the shift is perfect for so many occasions, and looks great whether teamed with flat sandals, stiletto heels or chunky heeled boots. High Street favourite M&Co have a gorgeous range of shift dresses this season, so if you are thinking of adding one to your wardrobe, this would be a great place to take a look.

 

Classic Shift Dresses

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Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffanys

 

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Jackie Kennedy in Lily Pulitzer

 

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Jean Shrimpton

 

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Princess Diana wore a lot of shift dresses in 1996/97

 

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Posh Spice

 

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Kate Moss and Johnny Depp when they were the most gorgeous couple in the world

 

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John Junior and Carolyn Bessette Kennedy

 

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Amal and George Clooney

 

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Mollie King

 

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Modern day Mrs Beckham still loves a shift dress.

 

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Kerry Washington

 

Shift Dresses at M&Co

So Jackie Kennedy…

Jacquard shift dress Details http://www.mandco.com/jacquard-shift-dress-yellow/121369500600008.html Product Number: 121369500600008 Colour: YELLOW £45.00 click to visit M&Co

Jacquard shift dress
£45.00

Floral print shift dress Details http://www.mandco.com/floral-print-shift-dress-white/121430600300008.html Product Number: 121430600300008 Colour: WHITE £39.00 click to visit M&Co

Floral print shift dress
£39.00

V neck shift dress Details http://www.mandco.com/v-neck-shift-dress-yellow/121370900600008.html Product Number: 121370900600008 Colour: YELLOW £35.00 click to visit M&Co

V neck shift dress
£35.00

Floral print shift dress £35.00 click to visit M&Co

Floral print shift dress
£35.00

Embellished floral shift dress £45.00 click to visit M&Co

Embellished floral shift dress
£45.00

Diamond print shift dress £39.00 click to visit M&Co

Diamond print shift dress
£39.00

Check print shift dress £39.00 click to visit M&Co

Check print shift dress
£39.00

Textured shift dress £22.40 Was £32.00 click to visit M&Co

Textured shift dress
£22.40 Was £32.00

Guipure lace shift dress £85.00 click to visit M&Co

Guipure lace shift dress
£85.00

Floral jacquard shift dress £75.00 click to visit M&Co

Floral jacquard shift dress
£75.00

To view all the M&Co dresses, click here.

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Golden Globes Great Gowns

Awards season started properly last night with the Golden Globes, which saw all the beautiful people out in force on the red carpet. The Golden Globes is always a seriously glamorous night, second only to the Oscars in terms of importance and star power, so, as to be expected, there were some seriously glamorous looks to be seen on the red carpet, with some colour and texture trends pointing the way to what we may see at the Oscars and Bafta’s.

It has to be said, there were some underwhelming looks. I hated the 1970s bridesmaid dress worn by the usually wonderful Kiera Knightley (I’m blaming pregnancy hormones for that one.), whilst Lena Dunham did her usual trick of picking a great colour, but a bad dress. I was really disappointed with Rosamund Pike’s Vera Wang dress, which seemed to want to let everything hang out, whilst I think that Amy Adams needs a much stronger colour to really stand out on the red carpet.

But there were also looks to love and swoon over. Jessica Chastain channelled Marilyn and Rita Hayworth in Versace, whilst my favourite yellow was a triumph, especially when teamed with green a la Leslie Mann. I also adored the metallic silver trend, most noticeably when worn by rising star Dakota Johnson, and award winner Julianne Moore.

Did you have a favourite dress from the night?

The Metallic trend

Emma Stone in Lanvin

Emma Stone in Lanvin

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Dakota Johnson in Chanel

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Diane Kruger in Emilia Wickstead

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Reese Witherspoon in Calvin Klein

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Kate Beckinsale in Elie Saab

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Maura Tierney in Jenny Packham

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Michelle Monaghan in Jason Wu

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Jessica Chastain in Versace

Julianne Moore in Givenchy

Julianne Moore in Givenchy

 

 

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Helen Mirren in Dolce and Gabbana

Taylor Schilling in Ralph Lauren

Taylor Schilling in Ralph Lauren

Catherine Zeta Jones

Catherine Zeta Jones in Angel Sanchez

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Jenna Dewan Tatum in Carolina Herrera

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Naomi Watts in Gucci

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Kate Hudson in Versace

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Sienna Miller in Miu Miu

Felicity Huffman in Lorena Sarbu

Felicity Huffman in Lorena Sarbu

Salma Hayek in Alexander McQueen

Salma Hayek in Alexander McQueen

Julia Louis Dreyfus in Narciso Rodriguez

Julia Louis Dreyfus in Narciso Rodriguez

Emily Blunt in Michael Kors

Emily Blunt in Michael Kors

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Natasha Lyonne in Reem Acra

Natasha Lyonne in Reem Acra

Katherine Heigl in Zac Posen

Katherine Heigl in Zac Posen

Felicity Jones in Dior

Felicity Jones in Dior

And then there was Amal…and Lupita

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Amal Clooney in Dior

Lupita Nyong'o

Lupita N’yongo in Giambattista Valli