Post-Royal Wedding Commentary from On-Site Correspondent: Reception Gown Revealed

AddThis Social Bookmark Button

Royal wedding expert and British bridal designer, Caroline Castigliano, at Windsor Castle covering the nuptials of Prince Harry, the youngest son of Diana, Princess of Wales, and HRH Prince Charles, to Megan Markle provides observation on dress and tradition.

Q. What do you think of the outfit overall - dress, veil/tiara, shoes etc?

 A. We have been counting down the days speculating the Royal dress designer and Meghan has made her moment in history wearing Givenchy, Clare Waight Keller…

Meghan has made her entrance in a minimal gown and have certainly differentiated herself from Kate who did it all in lace!  Meghan has brought the splendor here with a long veil…

Meghan looks thoroughly modern with her choice of gown and has given her nod to the Royal family and Queen by following the Royal tradition of covering her shoulders and a long sleeve!  She entered St Georges Chapel – a moment of history in a simplistic style…


Royals Announce Engagement of HRH Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle


The dress is a boat neck wedding dress is a wonderful style. It's a wide neckline that follows the curve of the collarbone and ends at the shoulders. Her hair is gorgeous in a low swept bun!

Meghan is a fresh young American with a million dollar smile the cameras love and she looks fantastic entering the British establishment in a fantastic gown.  

Meghan is going into a family that has been seen in the public eye for 1,000 years and has definitely made her mark with this wedding gown…which is quite remarkable in the way it's so simplistic compared to other dressed we have seen on Diana and Kate!

Meghan has had the World in suspense with what she will wear, and with such high expectations on her she has not failed to disappoint…

Meghan has certainly created a name for herself fashion wise – she is following in the footsteps of Diana who was a fashion icon in the public eye for 16 years… and has done a fabulous modern job!

Royal brides are normally expected to support British designers in the UK rather than choosing designer abroad but Meghan has gone with a French luxury design house here which is a different choice from other Royal brides…

The whole wedding is picture perfect and fairytale like with all of the bridesmaids looking fabulous!

Q. Is it what you expected/predicated?

I believed the gown would be a very straight, fitted dress, with a big 9-foot train coming off the dress from the side to create the drama.  I did think she would have a bit of lace and there is some lace detailing on the veils.

I predicted Meghan would have some kind of edge to her wedding dress, but I was certain Meghan's dress would be classic, elegant with traditional features.  I predicted Meghan would give a big nod to the Queen and Royal family with covered shoulders, a long sleeve and high back.  But I was expecting Meghan would show her personality by wearing a fitted dress and we haven't seen a Royal wearing a fitted gown for a long while…I thought a fitted gown would be the way Meghan showed her personality alongside respecting Royal tradition when it comes to Royal gowns.  The gown is certainly more fitted than other brides we have seen!

Initially we thought the gown would be Ralph & Russo, but the brand has been in the press a great deal ahead of the wedding, which is an unusual move if they were actually the designer.  Ralph & Russo gowns are super expensive so wearing a 100k gown may have seemed ostentations to the public.

Yesterday, our bets were on Stella McCartney, but as Oprah and Amal Clooney both arrived wearing Stella, that was a surprise to us and we thought it must be a different designer if they are wearing Stella…  I thought Stella was such a perfect for Meghan as Stella used organic fabrics and her ethos is very much the same as Meghan!


Queen Breaks Long Standing Fiancée Tradition Invites Meghan Markle To Join Family


Meghan has totally surprised us wearing Claire Waight, Givenchy!  This was totally not talked about in the press at all and they kept it all top secret!

Q. How does it compare to the Duchess of Cambridge's dress?

The Duchess of Cambridge's dress was one of lace decorum – she looked super elegant as a bride and Kate gave us a Royal dress to remember.

Meghan has totally differentiated her style here by wearing a plain gown rather than lace and the shaping is totally different as well! 

Meghan has a totally different style to Kate when it comes to her hair, Kate loves a good blow dry whereas Meghan prefers wearing her hair up!

Is the dress similar to any other royal wedding gowns? (eg Kate's was compared to Princess Grace of Monaco's.)

Kate Middleton's gown took a style lead from Grace Kelly's dress, the intricate applique bodice and sleeves of Catherine's mirrored the wedding.   The similarities don't end there, both gowns shared a high-waist, full-skirt and a long dramatic train and both wore a sheer veil and diamond tiara!

I would say that Meghan has gone quite, Wallis Simpson (almost royalty) – Wallis dress was designed by Mainbocher, it was very modern in its time, much like the look Meghan has gone for.  The gown was made of a crepe silk and featured a long slim skirt much like Meghan has gone for here!  Wallis was known has a fashion weapon and was a super glamorous art deco women!

Q. How does Meghan's dress compare to the one she wore in Suits and the dress at her first wedding?

This is the first time we've seen a Royal bride very publicly in a wedding gown – since Meghan's on screen character Rachel on Suits got married.  Meghan's gown is totally the opposite to what we saw in Suits, which was a v-neck gown by Anne Barge, an Atlanta based designer.  Her wedding look in Suits was quite bohemian and Princess like compared with Meghan's demure look today!  In complete contrast the wedding gown on Suits was beaded and accessorized with a black belt and Meghan has gone the total opposite today with a minimal accessories and a plain look!    Her gown in Suits was certainly sassy but she has had to please the Queen and country today and opt for tradition!  

Reception Gown Revealed

UPDATE: As royal wedding expert and British bridal designer, Caroline Castigliano predicted, the newly titled Duchess of Sussex wore a breathtaking Stella McCartney gown to the evening wedding reception in Windsor!

"We got our prediction right almost! I told the New York Post on Wednesday I was certain Meghan would wear Stella McCartney and now she has for the evening!   

Stella McCartney designed Megan's evening gown - a simple crepe dress halter neck, backless - alluring and sensual.  I was predicting Stella would design a dress for the day and I got it right!

I thought Stella was such a perfect for Meghan as Stella used organic fabrics and her ethos is very much the same as Meghan.

Meghan set the tone of her dress absolutely right again tonight, it was exactly her in the style she loves which is a clean and understated dress.  Meghan regularly wears a high neckline and it's a style that really suits her.  

Oprah and Amal Clooney both wore Stella too, so what a fantastic day for her! We have a highly similar gown in our collection called Carnival.

This is the first time in long time we've seen a Royal wearing a more fitted gown to her wedding and this certainly expresses how modern Meghan is. Meghan is making her mark, fashion wise, alongside Kate and Diana and is looking like a million dollars to join the Royal family!"

 

British designer Caroline Castigliano has been at the forefront of luxury bridal and eveningwear for 27 years. Known for understated effortless glamour and clean classic lines with contemporary touches, Castigliano's collections are designed to create impact from the moment you walk into a room.

Her unique ability to cut and construct garments, enables her to create a gown that is confident and sexy, yet exudes a deep sense of style. Everything about a Castigliano gown is unique; from the exquisite choice of fabric, to the foundation of the gown, which is created using unique corsetry and undergarments techniques to sculpt and enhance the female figure.

Each and every Castigliano gown is meticulously handcrafted in the United Kingdom for a flawless result, making the label a triumph of British design and craftsmanship. Caroline Castigliano's main bridal collection is available at selected stockists worldwide. The  'Knightsbridge Collection' is available exclusively at the Knightsbridge store. Couture appointments, bespoke bridal gowns and evening wear are also offered exclusively in the Knightsbridge store.

Images courtesy of Caroline Castigliano and used with permission.  Interview provided by CodedPR

Haute Tease

  • Fake Bake Review: The Miracle of the Perfect Tan in Minutes

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    The difference between twenty somethings and thirty something girls, a genuine Sex In the City junkie could recite the differences without hesitating with one of the key differences, of course, baking with oil on the Hamptons Beaches.

     
  • Franny Review – High Drama, Unexpected Twists, As Dependency Wages War to Destroy a Life

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Franny, from Magnolia Entertainment, presents a heartfelt drama of love, loss, dependency, hope, healing and coping as the earth shattering moments that instantly mute, challenge the soul, permanently destroy or short circuit a life randomly strike with warning.

     
  • Actor and Country Music Artist John Schneider Marries Movie Producer Alicia Allain

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Actor and Country Music chart-topper John Schneider wed longtime girlfriend and movie producer Alicia Allain in Holden, Louisiana, on Tuesday. The private ceremony was held inside a converted barn at John Schneider Studios, their expansive studio property and primary residence.  

  • MrWatchMaster Meets… Interview with Max Busser

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Maximilan Busser, a Swiss entrepreneur and founder of the avant-garde boutique brand MB&F, is the former CEO of Harry Winston, Inc Rare Timepieces, and moved through the luxury timepiece sphere as a senior manager at Jaeger-LeCoultre.

     
  • Beltway Insider: Russia Stands Alone; Ukraine Violence Escalates; April Job Numbers; Stopping Sexual Assault

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    President Barack Obama and members of the seven top industrialized nations have announced another round of economic sanctions and suspended Russian President Vladimir Putin, who remains unwavering in his annexation pursuits, from any further participation in global summits.

     
  • I Can Only Imagine Review - Inspiring, Ensemble Cast Shines in this Character Driven Film

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    I Can Only Imagine, from Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions, presents the heartfelt and uplifting story of a song from up and coming Christian band, Mercy Me, that exploded across all charts making it the most played in history.

     
  • Business News: Goldman Sachs CEO Diagnosed With Lymphoma

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein announced via a post on the firm's website today that he has been diagnosed with a curable form of Lymphoma. The formidable Blankfein will receive chemotherapy over the next few months.  

  • Beltway Insider: Obama Welcomes French Pres to WH; Climate Summit; PP Shooting; Medal Honorees

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    President Obama bestowed the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor, upon sixteen leaders, ranging from Hollywood icons to legal scholars to sports legends, for acts of bravery, of brilliance, of unwavering dedication to the strength of the nation.

     
  • People Exclusive: Inside the Leadership of the Word of Life Church: Is Tiffanie Irwin Running a Killer Cult

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    The residents of the sleepy hamlet of Chadwicks, New York, had long suspected there was something different about the Word of Life Christian Church – even before two teenage brothers were savagely beaten after over a dozen hours inside the church's sanctuary room, according to police.

     
  • Paul McCartney's LIPA Channels the Spirit of John Peel in Weekly New Music Event

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Liverpool Institute for the Performing Arts, co-founded by one of the city's most celebrated sons Paul McCartney, is launching The 2Ube, an eclectic showcase of musical talent from across the north west.

     
  • Earth Science - The Bear and The Backlash

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    The incongruous arrival of polar bears in the Nouvelle Zemble archipelago once again questions the effects of global warming but it also highlights the unconsciousness and vanity of the human being in the face of a nature he has always believed to be able to enslave.

     
  • Luxury Edition of The Great Gatsby Original Handwritten Manuscript by F. Scott Fitzgerald

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Editions des Saints Pères (SP Books) has published the original 302-page autographed manuscript, of F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby handwritten manuscript in a large format, luxury, cloth bound boxed edition housed at Princeton University, for a limited number of collectors.

     
  • St. Regis Bora Bora Expands Romance Menu to Celebrate First Year Anniversary Of The Romance Concierge

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Bora Bora - With the one year anniversary of The St. Regis Bora Bora’s Romance Menu, Romance Concierge, and on-site Bridal Boutique just weeks away, guests of the St. Regis Bora Bora Resort can reap the benefits of the expanded Romance Menu offerings which include special themed over-the-top holiday amenities and seductive curated items.

     
  • The Long Last Days of Summer - Family Style

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    With summer shortly coming to a close, friends and family cling to the shore to soak up the last rays and swap stories that only the season can provide. There isn’t much left to cross off on the lists we’ve made in May. Painted the mudroom; check. Gone to a baseball game; check. Spent hours at the beach; double check. In this, I find comfort.

     
  • Stript Wax Bar - Stripping the Competition Bare

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Katherine Goldman and Eric Schimmel are the owners of Stript Wax Bar, the sexy new boudoir dedicated to the art of waxing, located on trendy W. 3rd street in West Hollywood, California.