The Royal Wedding: Unity, simplicity, diversity
What a beautiful weekend for romance and fashion! The big event has come and gone and left us with some wonderful and exciting memories of a young and fashionable Royal couple in their royal splendour, celebrity fashion, and an adoring public and positive vibes from every corner of the planet!
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle (now the Duke and Duchess of Sussex) married in a majestic setting that brought us all the pomp and ceremony we have come to expect from a Royal Wedding. Harry and Meghan brought together the extravagant traditions of the British Monarchy with the elegant simplicity and social engagement of his young American bride, and they invited their friends to join the celebration! Victoria and David Beckham, Oprah, Elton John, George and Amal Clooney, Serena Williams and Alexis Ohanian, Idris Elba and his fiancée Sabrina Dhowre and many others!
In a world increasingly torn by identity politics and social divisions, we welcome the royal couple as social activists and fashion leaders, sure to be trendsetters at the forefront of positive social change for years to come! Is not Meghan Markle the perfect princess for our times? Her stunning and elegant fashion choices are a statement of unity, simplicity and diversity, all values that she has championed for most of her life.
Her wedding gown is a statement of unity in diversity. Where, as the newest member of the Royal Family, she could have chosen an elaborate traditional gown, she instead chose Claire Waight Keller, the first female artistic director at Givenchy, to work with her in creating a long, lean and modern a-line dress with no embroidery or beading. But the veil flowed with special meaning: the 5-meter (16.5 feet) veil silk tulle veil was embroidered around its edges are the distinctive flora of each of the 53 Commonwealth countries, united in one spectacular floral composition!
The second wedding gown was no less stunning or inspiring! Stella McCartney gave the gown a minimalist look to the gown, with its high neck and exposed shoulders. The baby blue soles of the bride’s Aquazurra heels, and the aquamarine ring on her right hand lent something blue to the occasion! As for her jewelry, she chose a minimalist look for the evening – a look that many of the wedding guests repeated!
British designer Stella McCartney was everywhere at the wedding! She designed the perfectly feminine outfit worn by Oprah to the ceremony. But it was Amal Clooney who some observers said stole the show among the guests at the wedding. Also dressed in a McCartney creation,
she wore a slim cut, mustard yellow Stella McCartney dress, reports Us Weekly and royal reporter Omid Scobie, with a pinched square neckline, slight cap-sleeves and a fashion-forward midi length with an ankle-grazing train.
Victoria and David Beckham were stunning together. For Harry and Meghan's nuptials, the fashion designer wore a slash-front midi dress from her upcoming pre-spring/summer 2019 collection. David, a fashion ambassador for the British Fashion Council, wore a navy suit which is one of the first designs by Kim Jones for Dior Homme.
One of the bride’s close friends, Priyanka Chopra, was the talk of the evening reception when she arrived in a shimmering Christian Dior gown that some said almost stole the limelight from the bride (but we don’t agree – that would be impossible!). The Duchess herself would surely have loved Priyanka’s outfit!
What better representation of unity through diversity, a value the Duchess of Sussex has fought for her entire life. She is proud of her biracial heritage and she has been an engaged and visible proponent of gender equality and social justice since she was a child in the United States. She was also actively engaged in working with homeless people since she was 16 years old. These are values she shares with her new husband Prince Harry, who is a philanthropist and activist on HIV/Aid issues, and who is a strong champion of environmental sustainability and the support of military veterans.
Like Harry’s mother Princess Diana, Meghan Markle is a strong, outspoken woman whose is in a position to change perceptions and make a difference. She will become the ultimate influencer for new generations of young women and men who see diversity as beauty, and who desire a world united in peace, not war. Her commitment to issues that bring unity through diversity is a big part of who she is and Buckingham Palace has already stated that equality and feminism will be a central theme in the Duchess’ official activities in the years ahead.
June & Valentina shares these same values. Our first collection is simple and elegant, minimalist and on-trend. We highlight strong women in history who have been leaders, and who have influenced the course of history in a positive way.
The Duchess of Sussex is everything a modern woman can be – humble yet strong, committed and outspoken on issues that concern her. We predict she will be a positive influence on young women and men everywhere, a leader and a proponent on issues that divide, to bring us together.