Stella McCartney chose a much grander (and more clever) stage to tease her entrée into the world of bridal: the Royal Wedding. On May 19, after Meghan Markle said “I do” to Prince Harry at Windsor Castle, she changed out of her ceremony gown—a long-sleeved number by Givenchy’s Clare Waight Keller—and slipped into an ivory silk-crepe dress by McCartney with a high neck, an open back, and a short, party-ready train.
At the time, no one thought much of the fact that McCartney wasn’t a “bridal designer” (nor is Waight Keller). The bigger takeaway was that Markle was supporting British designers—specifically British female designers.
Both dresses are sure to inspire weddings for years to come, and fans of Markle’s sleek, more casual number can buy a near-identical version in McCartney’s debut “Made With Love” collection of wedding dresses, tuxedos, and jumpsuits, which launches today. The 17 looks capture McCartney’s signature energy and charm—a lace jumpsuit is cinched with a topstitched satin sash, for instance, and there’s a low-key ease to the double-breasted suit—but there’s a degree of timelessness, too.
“When I designed this collection, I took some classic Stella McCartney pieces and relooked at them and reenergized them with the spirit that is now in the future of weddings—the modern bride’s approach to her dress,” McCartney wrote to Vogue. “It was important to me to embody the core values of our house, so the collection has elements of sustainability as well.
It truly reflects different ages, and I think so many different women come to us, so I really wanted to reflect that in the bridal offering,” she continues. “It is not just for one type of bride; it is truly made with love.”
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