If the images of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry driving into the sunset in a Jaguar on the way to their reception sent you on a desperate search for your own Stella McCartney halter gown, you might be in luck. The Duchess of Sussex’s wedding-reception dress may have been a custom creation, but the Telegraph reports that the designer plans on releasing a limited range inspired by Meghan’s gown that will be available for purchase.
As part of her Made With Love capsule collection, McCartney will be selling 46 styles inspired by the dress she designed for Markle to wear to her wedding reception. According to The Daily Telegraph, they won’t be exact replicas but rather will mimic the silhouette that’s become so sought-after in the bridal space post-Royal Wedding. (In the days following the wedding, there were already wedding dresses on the market inspired by Markle’s, courtesy of bridal designers like Morilee and Shauna Fey—not to mention countless media alerts and e-mails advertising high-necked gowns reminiscent of the Duchess’s.)
The 46 limited-edition styles will be will be available in both black and white (23 in each colour, a number inspired by the address of Stella McCartney’s newest store in London). They’ll be made out of the brand’s sustainable viscose instead of the silk crepe used for Markle’s. The expected retail price is £3,500, which converts to just under $4,700 at the current exchange rate.
The Royal Wedding has been a big buzz generator for the 16-year-old brand, particularly on social media. According to Influencer DB, the @stellamccartney handle got 1,840 mentions and 9,605,198 likes on Instagram thanks to her work for the Royal Wedding. (Aside from dressing the bride, the British designer also outfitted Oprah Winfrey and Amal Clooney, who attended the ceremony.)
Now, it won’t be that easy to get your hands on one of these Markle-inspired Stella McCartney gowns: Per The Telegraph, the brand is accepting requests via e-mail (inquiries can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org), which will then be vetted by the designer herself—if you pass, you’ll receive an invite to see the dresses in person at her 23 Old Bond Street store. Hey, not just anyone can get the Duchess experience. (Royal groom not included.)
Taken from GLAMOUR US. Read the original here.