Clare Waight Keller reflects on ‘wonderful energy’ at Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s wedding

Clare Waight Keller has recalled the “wonderful energy” at the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s wedding in May 2018.To mark the couple’s second wedding anniversary on Tuesday, the British designer took to Instagram to reminisce about making Meghan’s custom…

Clare Waight Keller has recalled the “wonderful energy” at the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s wedding in May 2018.

To mark the couple’s second wedding anniversary on Tuesday, the British designer took to Instagram to reminisce about making Meghan’s custom ivory silk Givenchy dress and the atmosphere as they all entered St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle in England.

“Like so many, I have watched journeys like this with the royals travelling through well-wishers for Ascot, Trooping the Colour and other weddings but never before have I experienced it first-hand myself. We travelled for a few minutes behind Meghan’s car, going through that wonderful energy and uplifting spirit before diverting to the Chapel,” she captioned a slideshow of snaps of Meghan and Harry. “I can say that definitely it’s the closest thing to experiencing what the royal family sees every time they drive into the crowds, truly quite extraordinary feeling that patriotic love. It was an exciting precursor to the arrival at the side of the chapel inside the grounds of Windsor Castle.”

Waight Keller then went on to remember how she was amazed to see so many people lined up around the venue.

“Thinking back to that day, there are memories from behind the scenes including the journey to the church and the official portraits in Windsor Castle that really stand out in my memory. The ride in the car to the church was an incredible trip through a sea of waving hands, flags, and people from every walk of life. I remember the roar of the crowds, huge, thunderously joyful you couldn’t help but smile and feel quite how surreal it was to be faced with this vision,” the designer added.

Waight Keller has been sharing highlights from her time at Givenchy in recent weeks. Last month, she announced her plans to exit her role as creative director of the French luxury house following a three-year stint.

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Clare Waight Keller reflects on designing Meghan, Duchess of Sussex’s ‘timeless’ wedding dress

Clare Waight Keller has reflected on designing Meghan, Duchess of Sussex’s “timeless” wedding gown.The British designer took to Instagram on Thursday to reminisce about the emotional journey she went through to create the ivory silk Givenchy dress that…

Clare Waight Keller has reflected on designing Meghan, Duchess of Sussex’s “timeless” wedding gown.

The British designer took to Instagram on Thursday to reminisce about the emotional journey she went through to create the ivory silk Givenchy dress that the former Suits star wore as she stepped into St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle in England to wed Prince Harry in May 2018.

“Two years ago today I was in the final fittings for a very secret dress. So many emotions were running through me during those months leading up to the big day,” she wrote, noting that she had to be sensitive to Meghan’s ideas for her dream wedding dress. “Learning to let go of my emotions and embrace the feelings of someone you are designing for brings about an incredibly beautiful relationship of trust and intimacy. Through hours of conversation, meetings together, and research, slowly all the pieces of that story came together.”

The stunning gown was accompanied by a sweeping veil, which featured a touching reference to Prince Harry’s grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II.

“Purity and simplicity were the guiding principles, a narrative of nature through the 53 florals of the Commonwealth to bring the world into the journey of the ceremony and subtlety bringing the lines of Givenchy and the history of the Maison to capture the classical timeless beauty I knew she wanted to achieve,” the 49-year-old explained, adding that she was honoured to be a part of the “very personal ceremony”.

The designer has been sharing her highlights from her time at Givenchy in recent days. Earlier this month, she announced her plans to exit her role as creative director of the French luxury brand following a three-year stint.

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Clare Waight Keller exiting Givenchy

Clare Waight Keller is departing Givenchy after a three-year stint.The British designer was appointed as creative director of haute couture and ready-to-wear at the French luxury fashion house in May 2017, replacing Riccardo Tisci. However, a represent…

Clare Waight Keller is departing Givenchy after a three-year stint.

The British designer was appointed as creative director of haute couture and ready-to-wear at the French luxury fashion house in May 2017, replacing Riccardo Tisci.

However, a representative for Givenchy announced on Instagram on Friday that Waight Keller was exiting her role.

“The house of Givenchy and Clare Waight Keller announce the end of their collaboration,” they wrote. “Givenchy wants to warmly thank Clare Waight Keller for her creative leadership, in contribution to our latest chapter.”

During her tenure, Waight Keller built up a reputation for her classic and elegant designs, and on occasion, scoured the late Hubert de Givenchy’s archives for inspiration.

She also designed the custom-made white dress worn by Meghan, Duchess of Sussex for her wedding to Prince Harry in May 2018.

Confirming the news on her own Instagram page, Waight Keller extended her “heartfelt thanks” to her entire team at the label.

“I have shared so many incredible moments with the brilliant Givenchy ateliers and design teams: your exceptional talent and dedication will forever remain in my memories. My heartfelt thanks go out to each of the unsung heroes and heroines behind the scenes, for their contribution from product to communications and retail, and every global team member, partner and supplier in between,” the 49-year-old noted. “Without all of you, I could not have brought my vision for Givenchy to life in such a beautiful way. I am now looking forward to embarking on the next episode. Love and creativity remain central to what I do, and who I am, as does a heartfelt belief in kindness, and the courage to be true to your art. See you soon, and most importantly, stay safe.”

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Meghan, Duchess of Sussex narrates new documentary for Disney+

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex has been tapped to narrate a new nature documentary for Disney+.The film, titled Elephant, will mark the first project for the 38-year-old former actress after she and husband Prince Harry formally step away from their roles w…

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex has been tapped to narrate a new nature documentary for Disney+.

The film, titled Elephant, will mark the first project for the 38-year-old former actress after she and husband Prince Harry formally step away from their roles within the royal family on 31 March.

“Disneynature’s Elephant, an Original Movie narrated by Meghan, The Duchess of Sussex, starts streaming April 3, only on #DisneyPlus,” the studio announced on social media.

The documentary, directed by Mark Linfield, follows an African elephant named Shani and her male child Jomo as they migrate with their herd and its matriarch, Gaia, across the Kalahari Desert in Botswana.

The Duchess of Sussex’s fee for the voiceover gig will be donated to the conservation organisation Elephants Without Borders, which protects animals from poaching in Botswana.

And the documentary credits the mother-of-one as Meghan, The Duchess of Sussex, rather than using her royal title of Her Royal Highness.

Back in January, it was reported that the former Suits star had sealed a deal with Disney to do voiceover work, which was signed before she and husband Harry announced their decision to step back from their senior roles in the royal family.

In July last year, Harry discussed his wife’s future career with Disney boss Bob Iger at The Lion King premiere in London.

“You do know she does voiceovers?” he said in a clip from the red carpet meeting.

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Misha Nonoo expecting first child

Designer Misha Nonoo is pregnant with her first child. Nonoo, who is known for her eponymous line of women’s ready-to-wear clothing and her friendship with Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, has revealed that she is preparing to welcome a baby boy. “We are …

Designer Misha Nonoo is pregnant with her first child.

Nonoo, who is known for her eponymous line of women’s ready-to-wear clothing and her friendship with Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, has revealed that she is preparing to welcome a baby boy.

“We are so thrilled, it’s just really exciting. It’s a very grateful time of life,” she told People. “It’s pure magic. I’m so excited to meet our little baby when he comes!”

The New York-based designer shared that she is enjoying her pregnancy and has got “just a little bit longer to go” before she gives birth.

“I feel very lucky. I’ve had a wonderful pregnancy so far,” Nonoo added. “I think it’s just magical to think that as women we can actually create human life within us, so anytime that I feel tired or a little bit under the weather, I just remind myself of that and the great gift that is. It’s just an extraordinary journey.”

The pregnancy inspired the fashion star, who married Michael Hess in Rome last September, to launch a maternity line in collaboration with HATCH. Nonoo has created a button-down shirt and a shirt dress that are available in white, blue, and black and white stripe fabric – with the items inspired by her Husband Shirt. The pieces are designed to be worn before, throughout, and after pregnancy.

“A lot of my friends who have children already said the Husband Shirt is amazing because often when you’re breastfeeding you need to be able to open your blouse and you need to be able to do that with one hand frequently, and with the style of the Husband Shirt, it lends itself to that already, so we worked with HATCH on a proper maternity fit for both the shirt and the dress,” she commented.

The maternity line launched on her official website on Wednesday.

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Brandon Maxwell wants to make hometown locals proud of his fashion success

Brandon Maxwell wants to make the people of his hometown in Texas proud of his fashion achievements.The designer recently served as the keynote speaker for the Star Over Longview 2020 awards ceremony, which honours 12 women for their compassion and ded…

Brandon Maxwell wants to make the people of his hometown in Texas proud of his fashion achievements.

The designer recently served as the keynote speaker for the Star Over Longview 2020 awards ceremony, which honours 12 women for their compassion and dedication to the city of Longview and their communities.

Talking to local news station KLTV, Maxwell said it was a “full-circle moment” coming back to his native Texas and hosting the awards and luncheon.

“It was fantastic,” he shared. “It was like a dream come true. I’ve spent my whole career hoping that I would make everyone where I’m from proud. This was a great full-circle moment.”

During his career, Maxwell has dressed high-profile women such as Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and former U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama, as well as Hollywood stars including Blake Lively, Jennifer Aniston, and Anne Hathaway.

He also co-hosts U.S. TV show Project Runway with Karlie Kloss, who serves as one of his muses, and created Lady Gaga’s extravagant outfits for last year’s Met Gala.

During his speech at the Star Over Longview 2020 awards, Maxwell said he believes in giving young people the opportunity to fulfil their dreams.

“I think I’m a prime example of that,” the 35-year-old explained. “I’m not someone who has the pedigree to succeed without the love, acceptance, and hard work of the people around me.

“Go out there and pursue your dreams. The world is at your fingertips.”

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Misha Nonoo enjoyed collaborating with Meghan, Duchess of Sussex on clothing collection

Fashion designer Misha Nonoo enjoyed teaming up with her close friend Meghan, Duchess of Sussex to create an “empowering” clothing collection for charity.Back in September, the pair joined forces with British brands John Lewis & Partners, Marks & Spenc…

Fashion designer Misha Nonoo enjoyed teaming up with her close friend Meghan, Duchess of Sussex to create an “empowering” clothing collection for charity.

Back in September, the pair joined forces with British brands John Lewis & Partners, Marks & Spencer and Jigsaw to design and create a collection of clothes for Smart Works, an organisation that provides interview clothes and interview training to unemployed women.

Misha was given the task of designing the perfect white shirt for the project’s Smart Sets, a capsule working wardrobe stocked in the high street stores that also included an elegant blazer, tailored trousers, a flattering dress, and a tote bag.

“She really entrusted me with the responsibility of designing the piece,” she told ABC News’ podcast No Limits with Rebecca Jarvis. “When I showed her what I was thinking we had a little bit of a conversation about what other items might be worn with, the fact that it should be tailored, where this woman was going and when I showed her the idea that I had she was like, ‘Sounds great.'”

And for every Smart Set that is sold, one is donated to an unemployed woman looking to get back into work.

“The thing that I love the most about this business is empowering women, equipping women with clothes that are going to take them in any direction that they want to go, and that’s always what I want for myself,” she shared.

Items are now available in stores, online and in Smart Works dressing rooms across the U.K.

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Roland Mouret launching sustainable bridal collection

French designer Roland Mouret is launching a sustainable bridal collection.The fashion star founded his eponymous label in 1998 and had his major breakthrough in 2005 with his Galaxy dress, which was worn by a bunch of celebrities including Victoria Be…

French designer Roland Mouret is launching a sustainable bridal collection.

The fashion star founded his eponymous label in 1998 and had his major breakthrough in 2005 with his Galaxy dress, which was worn by a bunch of celebrities including Victoria Beckham, Halle Berry, Cameron Diaz, and Rachel Weisz.

Mouret, who has designed custom-made wedding dresses for clients in the past, is now launching his first official bridal collection, with the line consisting of multi-faceted pieces that can be worn again after the big day.

“The amount of fabric used for a bridal dress that you’re only going to wear once is a waste of material and a waste of space because you have to immediately pack it away,” he explained to Marie Claire.

His spring 2020 bridal collection will incorporate pieces that can be worn in normal daily life, from blazers, jumpsuits, and trousers to ankle-length skirts, as well as simple white dresses.

“My generation of designers went from two collections to four to six collections,” Mouret explained about his desire to be sustainable. “When you wake up and realise your creativity is destroying the planet…it’s quite a bitter feeling. But back then, we didn’t know any other way.”

In a bid to tackle the fashion industry’s problem with waste, Mouret, who also boasts Meghan, Duchess of Sussex as a celebrity fan, has designed the BLUE hanger with Dutch company Arch & Hook. He hopes the product, which is made from a mixture of plastic and other ocean debris, will replace the single-use plastic hangers used solely for transporting clothing from the factory to the retailer.

He will soon fly to Los Angeles to meet with members of the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) and other leaders to discuss the product and call for changes to the industry.

“I know what’s in store for the future and I know what’s happening. I think we’re in an emergency, so this project makes me happy and sad at the same time,” he added.

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Meghan, Duchess of Sussex crowned Most Powerful Dresser of 2019

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex has been named the Most Powerful Dresser of 2019.As part of their annual Year in Fashion report, analysts at Lyst have looked at data, queries, page views, and sales metrics across six million fashion products from over 12,000…

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex has been named the Most Powerful Dresser of 2019.

As part of their annual Year in Fashion report, analysts at Lyst have looked at data, queries, page views, and sales metrics across six million fashion products from over 12,000 online stores as well as the global media coverage and social media mentions generated by the biggest brands and trends.

As part of this research, they also rounded up the 10 celebrities whose personal style choices have driven the biggest spikes over the last 12 months, and crowned Meghan, 38, in the number one spot.

“Meghan Markle was the most powerful dresser of 2019 and her outfits sparked, on average, a 216 per cent increase in searches for similar pieces,” a Lyst representative commented of the royal, who wed Britain’s Prince Harry in May 2018. “After she wore five different shirt dresses on the royal tour of South Africa, searches for the category grew 45 per cent over a month. The Club Monaco dress sold out in less than 24 hours, following a 570 per cent spike in searches and wearing a J Crew skirt saw a 102 per cent increase in searches for the brand.”

Timothee Chalamet landed in second place in the category, while Zendaya came third. Rounding out the top 10 was Billie Eilish, Cardi B, Lisa of K-pop band Blackpink, Kylie Jenner, Lizzo, Harry Styles, and Billy Porter.

“Billy Porter was responsible for some of the most talked-about red carpet moments of the year. When he wore a custom tuxedo-gown by Christian Siriano to the Oscars, searches for the designer increased 101 per cent in 24 hours,” the spokesperson added of the Pose star.

Sustainability and inclusivity were among the main movements in the fashion world, with the breakout brands including Bottega Veneta, Pyer Moss, Jacquemus, Paco Rabanne, Molly Goddard, Richard Quinn, Saks Potts, and Telfar.

Bottega Veneta’s The Pouch bag and Stretch sandals garnered the most interest when it came to accessories, with Gucci’s GG logo belt, Jacquemus’ Le Chiquito Bag, and Prada’s bucket hat completing the top five in the category.

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Prince Charles helps launch new fashion collection

Prince Charles’s charitable foundation has partnered with online fashion retailer YOOX Net-a-Porter to launch a clothing collection. The British royal and Federico Marchetti, the chairman and chief executive officer of the Italy-based online retail co…

Prince Charles’s charitable foundation has partnered with online fashion retailer YOOX Net-a-Porter to launch a clothing collection.

The British royal and Federico Marchetti, the chairman and chief executive officer of the Italy-based online retail company, has teamed up to create The Modern Artisan, a project which is designed to give young artisans the skills to make clothing collections to the highest standards.

Six Italian students selected from leading design school, Politecnico di Milano, will design the collection, while representatives from The Prince’s Foundation will work with six graduates from the U.K. while they learn how to produce the garments to meet the requirements of the luxury market at the charity’s headquarters in Scotland.

“Designed in Italy and crafted in the U.K., The Modern Artisan collection will be an important expression of how talent and technology can work across boundaries and borders,” Marchetti said in a statement. “This project, part of a long-term partnership between YOOX NET-A-PORTER and The Prince’s Foundation, will help equip a new generation of skilled men and women to fuse traditional craft with digitally-infused creativity – and, importantly, to do so sustainably, following the example of HRH The Prince of Wales who has dedicated the last 40 years to building a more sustainable future.”

The students’ works will be presented in their debut autumn/winter capsule collection of sustainable womenswear and menswear, which will launch in mid-2020 to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the online retailer. For the first time, The Modern Artisan’s products will be sold across all four of the group’s brands – YOOX, Net-a-Porter, Mr Porter, and The Outnet – and profits will be donated The Prince’s Foundation, an educational charity.

This isn’t the first time a member of the British royal family has got involved in fashion design – Charles’s daughter-in-law, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, recently helped create a collection of workwear to promote the Smart Works charity.

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