Duchess of Sussex steps out in navy Dior haute couture for RAF Centenary celebration

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The Duchess of Sussex today joined her husband Prince Harry, Prince William, The Duchess of Cambridge and The Queen for the RAF Centenary Anniversary Celebrations at Westminster Abbey. Meghan looked resplendent in a bespoke ensemble by Dior for the service, as well as a balcony appearance with the Royal Family at Buckingham Palace to watch the fly past of RAF planes.

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Meghan wore a Christian Dior navy satin dress. This dress echoed all the hallmarks of vintage Christian Dior with it’s ultra feminine 1950’s sleek fit and flare silhouette. The Duchess seems to be looking very much to the 1950’s and 1960’s classical styles for her royal wardrobe inspiration and is working well for her. Today’s outfit is a favourite amongst royal fashion watchers.

Meghan again opted for a bateau neckline which is fast becoming the Duchess’ signature style, as seen in her wedding dress too. The dress is beautifully tailored and perfectly fitted, with long sleeves, darts vertically over the bust-line, a fitted waist, accentuated with a cinched in very thin matching navy satin waist belt. The full knee length skirt looks gorgeous on Meghan and we would love to see this style of skirt more often. Whilst she looks absolutely lovely in this, we would like to see Meghan move away from the boat neck dress for her next few engagements.

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Dior 1950 Designs

Meghan’s dress is a bespoke version of two Dior designs. The first dress is from Dior’s Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2018 Collection, showcasing the bateau neckline, long sleeves and cinch waist belt. The second dress is from Dior’s Haute Couture 2017 Collection and showcases the full skirt.

Christian Dior Haute Couture Spring Summer 2018

Meghan chose a Stephen Jones cocktail hat for the RAF Centenary celebrations. Meghan has worn Stephen Jones on two other occasions, including Royal Ascot recently. Jones is the King of millinery runway couture, having collaborated with numerous fashion houses over the years. His hat designs could be deemed quite controversial for a Royal with Jones taking quite an avant-garde rockstar style aesthetic, creating hats from Barbie Doll Legs, cigarettes and even hats made from vinyl records!

The piece we saw on the Duchess was a small navy hat base that sits toward the back of the head. Pleated navy crinoline is twisted in a spiral and sits in a percher style pointing towards the front. We theorise that as Stephen Jones does runway collaborations with Dior, perhaps Meghan met someone from Dior when visiting Stephen Jones for a hat fitting and this is how her choice of outfit today has come about.

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Meghan carried a Dior ‘Blue Satin Bee Evening Clutch’. This top handle handbag (see third pic below) is also a bespoke piece crafted especially for the Duchess. Crafted from matching navy satin, the mini flap bag has two interior sections. The bags were part of the Dior Autumn 2017 accessories. The bags came in a range of colour ways and textures, from matte leather, to embossed leather skin and satin. The bags are only available to purchase in store. They are currently available in an updated embroidered and beaded Zodiac design as part of the Dior Spring/Summer 2018 Collection. It is believed the bee has been removed from Meghan’s bag. Get the look for less here.

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Dior Fall 2017 bags

Meghan wore Dior ‘Amour Pumps’. Maria Grazia Chiuri was the head designer at Valentino and in recent years has moved to the French fashion house of Dior. For her Dior Haute Couture Autumn 2017 Collection, Chiuri looked to some vintage roots of Dior’s collections and accessories and was inspired by the heels that Roger Vivier had created for Dior in the 1950’s. A low sweeping pointed toe pump with arched sloped back heel of 90mm. Grazia updated these heels for the Collection adding love hearts at the backs of the heels, studs and creating them from 1980’s style mesh. The heels are said to be made from calf skin, though Meghan wore a bespoke ivory satin pair of the Dior Amour Pump. Get a nice match to copy Meghan here.

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Dior Pump
Dior Roger Vivier 1950’s

Meghan accessorised with her Cartier ‘Galanterie de Cartier earrings’, which were also worn on her wedding day. These earrings were available to purchase for the first few outings that the Duchess wore these. However, they have become so popular that they have sold out. Get the look here.

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Cartier Galanterie de Cartier earrings

Meghan now really seems to favour the bateau neckline, with Givenchy, Carolina Herrera, Ralph Lauren and now Dior creating pieces with this neckline for Meghan. Perhaps the Duchess is testing out the waters of bespoke couture to see which designer creates the most flattering and popular outfit and may choose to work with that designer/fashion house more exclusively in the future, as The Duchess of Cambridge does with Sarah Burton of Alexander McQueen.

You can get Meghan’s look here:

with thanks to @whatmegwore for bag info and @HeavenQRF for shoe info

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