Leading up to Meghan Markle’s wedding day to Prince Harry, it was widely believed that the former Suits actress would pay her respects to the royal family by choosing a British designer to craft her dress. Brands like Temperley and Ralph & Russo were part of the early conversation, as was another famed British designer: Stella McCartney, the cool and sophisticated label spearheaded by the fashion-forward daughter of Sir Paul McCartney.
The latter turned out to be a partially-correct prediction: McCartney was Markle’s choice for the evening reception portion of her wedding, while the look itself—a custom sleek, halter neck crepe gown—generated such massive amounts of attention that the label responded a month later with an exclusive opportunity for interested brides.
In June, Stella McCartney released an exclusive, limited-edition piece resembling Markle’s evening gown called “Made With Love.” The dress debuted in time for the opening of McCartney’s London store on Old Bond Street in two colors: lily white and onyx black. In the following months, other bridal designers released designs remarkably similar to McCartney’s original design, while mass retailers like Instagram-driven platform Fashion Nova also sought to capitalize on the royal wedding craze.
Now, McCartney is ready for the biggest news yet. With 2018 nearly over, she’s launching her first-ever bridal collection, a 17-piece line entitled “Made with Love.” The designs include her now-iconic Frogmore House reception design, along with a beautiful, lace-embroidered jumpsuit. There’s even a sleek, ivory-colored tuxedo option for those who want something beyond the traditional dress.
“Having been a bride myself and being honored to have been asked many times to do wedding gowns for some of my dear, close friends; it’s something that I feel very passionately about and is very close to my heart,” McCartney tells The Knot in an exclusive statement. “I really do see it as one of the biggest privileges as a female designer—to know that women come into our stores and they even take existing pieces and buy them in white and wear them for the most important day of their lives.”
Her 17-piece bridal collection will be available in Stella McCartney stores around the world, as well as other retailers like Nordstrom, Net-a-Porter and Saks Fifth Avenue. “I think in this day-and-age, the wedding day is something very different to how it’s traditionally perceived,” she concludes to The Knot. “And I think that the house of Stella McCartney really represents something a little more effortless. That’s incredibly reflective of the bride and her personality—and what she wants to wear even outside of that important day.”
For those who want the full in-store experience, the perks will even include your future “Something Blue.” McCartney’s team across her nine U.S. locations will even personalize the wedding dress with a special touch: a blue tag sewn into the fabric which has a personal message from Stella McCartney herself.
Not to forget, Markle also stitched a rather sentimental “Something Blue” into the wedding dress. “It’s fabric from the dress that I wore on our first date,” she told ITV in September.
See the complete collection below.
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