Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are finally married - they have always seemed like a lovely couple, and I wish them all the best on their future life.
I have a few issues with Meghan's dress. Everyone was glowing over it's simplicity and how she's making her mark as someone willing to follow her her own sense of style. I can get behind all that in theory, but the results didn't add up for me.
The dress is Givenchy, best known for its clean lines and classic shapes. Audrey Hepburn was Givenchy's muse for years and inspired the label's chic aesthetic.
Markle's dress tried to emulate the simple, modern styling of Givenchy's days of old, but the execution didn't quite work.
For one, it looks like it doesn't fit through the sleeves and the front, so instead of looking straight and column-esque, it looks rumpled and crunched.
Because the dress was such a bright white, because it had no detail to break it up, and because the veil was so overwhelming, the look got blown out it in the sunlight and in many instances she looked like a big white block.
The dress needed more elements to make an impact. A sheer sleeve. An open neckline. A waist detail. Something.
Meghan is beautiful, and putting her in one big swath of white does nothing to suit her.
I appreciate that Meghan was trying to branch out of tradition, and there certainly was less pressure on her gown than there was on Kate's, but there is simply no comparison as to which dress photographed better.
Kate's lace sleeves gave the gown a breath of fresh air, the shape of the skirt was soft and elegant, and the ivory color was easier on the eye. Again, Meghan's dress simply looks like a heavy white rectangle.
Everyone expected Meghan to wear Ralph and Russo, the designer who created the dress for her engagement photos. The sheer top of the engagement dress shows her figure and keeps the look light even though she is completely covered, which would have been a far more flattering look than the one she picked.
If she was determined to go a more simplistic route, she could have taken a note from Amal Clooney, who showed up to the wedding in a stunning Stella McCartney. With the open neckline, defined waist, and subtle pleating, a very basic dress is given just enough oomph to make an impact. Meghan's dress had no dimension to speak of.
Or even better, Meghan could have taken a look back at Mette-Marit Tjessem's wedding dress. She married into Norwegian royalty in 2001; the dress met all the social requirements with the modest neckline and sleeves, but the fitted bodice and flowing skirt were breezy and romantic.
At the end of the day, Meghan's dress isn't awful. We aren't going to look back on it and say "Ew, I can't believe she wore that," but I don't think we're going to look back on it and say it was one of the best princess dresses of all time, either. It definitely had some problems that needed resolved.
It was fine. It could have been better.
What do you think?