We have to admit that Meghan Markle has always known how to make a fashion statement way before she became royalty. With the 16 day Royal tour to Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and Tonga is coming to an end, a new development has emerged. Initially, the public was fixated on the Duchess’s baby due next year, but soon something else stood out.
Fashion brands chosen by the Duchess of Sussex have seen a surge in interest during her tour of the Pacific with Prince Harry. Every designer who has had the chance to dress The Duchess of Sussex has had nothing but tremendous response with clothes worn by Meghan often selling out in minutes.
Top of the list is Australian designer Karen Gee. Karen Gee designed the white shift dress that Meghan wore at the beginning of the tour. The dress became so popular that the designer’s website crashed. It’s back up now with the dress retailing at a cool £995.
Self-Portrait, based in London’s Mayfair, got a bit more publicity than they had expected when the duchess rocked a red maternity style dress in one of her outfit changes in the plane. She paired it with black leather clutch. The bright red embroidered midi, which sells for £345, quickly flew off the shelves after photos of the Duchess wearing it with the tag still on were published. Self-Potrait saw a 400% increase in their site visits and sales went up by 35% in the UK and 41% in the US.
French designer Martin Grant is also on the reaping end of the Meghan factor. The designer said sales had “hugely” increased since Meghan this dress to Bondi Beach.
Other memorable mentions are designer Don O’Neill who’s ivory crepe gown designed by him for his label Theia was worn by Meghan. The piece can also be pre-ordered, for £775. A grey blazer by Serena Williams and a cape dress by Stella McCartney also received their fair share of attention.