While Meghan Markle's stunning Givenchy gown became immediate inspiration for brides when it made its way up the steps of St. George's Chapel in May, her wardrobe change for the reception was just as iconic. The Duchess of Sussex began her life as an official royal in a sleek halter dress by Stella McCartney, perfectly suited to her classic style. And for brides-to-be looking to recreate Markle's wedding day style, there's great news: Stella McCartney launched a bridal collection, and it includes an exact replica of the dress.
McCartney officially launched her first bridal collection on Nov. 12 and it's sure to make all of your wedding-day dreams a reality. The "Made With Love" collection features 17 unique pieces, ranging from gowns, a jumpsuit, and even a blazer-and-pants set. Although McCartney is stepping into uncharted territory, the curated lineup remains true to the important characteristics of her line with "naturally sexy, confident, feminine, and modern designs," the brand wrote in its press release.
It's no surprise that most talked-about piece in the versatile collection is the replica of Markle's wedding reception gown. The dress, originally designed for the Duchess of Sussex, features a high neck, a low-cut back, a form-fitting silhouette, as well as a subtle train. Markle and Prince Harry's royal wedding provided plenty of inspiration for brides everywhere, setting the bar pretty high when it comes to exchanging nuptials. Even if your ceremony can't be held at Windsor castle, though, you can now channel your inner Markle with this gorgeous homage to her gown.
The pieces will be available to shop online at Nordstrom, Harrods, Selfridges, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Net-A-Porter in the coming weeks. If shopping online for a wedding gown seems unrealistic, McCartney is offering an in-store "bespoke bridal customer experience." Besides being able to work with an experienced team to find your dream dress, in-store customers will receive an extra-special touch. As a meaningful addition to any bride's special day, each store-bought ensemble comes with its own "something blue" built in: a hand-sewn "Made With Love," message from McCartney.
The collection is right in line with McCartney's environmentally conscious values, too, in that it's "crafted using her luxurious sustainable viscose, as well as modern versions of traditional couture fabrics including lace and chiffon," the press release states.
Featuring options for brides with varying personal styles, McCartney has thought of everything. If you're in love with the all-white suit, but have already committed to a more traditional wedding gown, consider wearing it for your bridal shower, engagement party, or bachelorette dinner. Each simple piece is carefully constructed to create the ultimate balance of simplicity and elegance.
Take a note from Markle's affinity for classic dressing and opt for a face-framing updo, dangling earrings, and glowing makeup, or play by your own rules and deck yourself out in sparkly jewelry and bold accessories. Regardless of how you wear them, these sleek and sophisticated pieces will never go out of style.
Ahead, explore the Zoe Report's favorite styles from the collection, including the stunning replica of Markle's gown.