On 19 May, the whole world watched in excitement as Prince Harry and actress Meghan Markle, now the Duchess of Sussex, tied the knot in the idyllic setting of Windsor Castle. While every detail was magical, down to the last flower garland hanging from the church walls, the fashion world was fixated on one detail only, Markle’s dresses: first, a long wedding gown designed by Givenchy; followed by a “second look” gown designed by Stella McCartney. That now-famous high-necked, low-backed bespoke gown for the wedding reception later went on to inspire pieces in McCartney’s first bridal capsule collection, titled “Made with Love“.
Featuring 17 pieces, the recently launched debut line expands on the brand’s evening offering with a modern and timeless approach that is signature to the fashion designer’s style. The assortment includes seven dresses, a lace-embroidered jumpsuit, and a lush ivory-hued tuxedo outfit, all of which are made with luxurious viscose and modern versions of lace and chiffon. The entire line covers a series of styles that will pique the fancy of many would-be brides looking for a contemporary ensemble for their special day. Through the collection, McCartney has also adhered closely to her MO of creating a luxury brand that marries style with sustainability. (As an industry leader, she recently announced a new sustainability charter for the United Nations which will help to promote low-carbon production models and minimise waste in the fashion industry.)
“Made with Love” clients will receive a bespoke bridal customer experience, as customers will work intimately with the Stella McCartney team to find the perfect style for their important day. As a special added touch, each style comes with a blue tag sewn into the garment featuring a personal “Made with Love” message from Stella. The collection is now available exclusively in select Stella McCartney stores globally, as well as at select retail partners including Harrods, Net-a-Porter, Selfridges, Saks Fifth Avenue and Nordstrom with prices starting at HK$41,000. Here are five of our favourite picks from the “Made with Love” range.
1. Ivory Tuxedo
Tomboys at heart will find the suit and pant combo to be a palatable and refreshing choice. Featuring a sleek lapel, the jacket is constructed with a roomy silhouette that still possesses an hourglass shape. The all-white head-to-toe look is best complemented with wavy hair and soft make-up, which will help to create a romantic look.
2. Cape Gown
This gown finds a perfect balance by bringing opposites together. Whilst the floor length cape possesses a regal quality, its minimal design conveys an element of modesty. The gown’s fitted silhouette highlights the wearer’s figure, yet the body remains hidden from top to toe. It is this precarious balance which makes this ensemble both alluring and captivating.
3. Lace Jumpsuit
Exuberant and rule-breaking women will be drawn to this lace jumpsuit, with its luxurious lace design, all of which is made more flattering with a satin tie-up belt. With its figure-hugging silhouette and generous use of lace, this design is not for the faint of heart.
4. Open Back Gown
The most memorable pieces often surprise us, and this backless gown definitely fits the case. Featuring a floor length silhouette with long sleeves, this piece is a demure number that will let the wearer’s true personality shine through. The surprise comes with the dress’s open back, with it purposeful but tasteful display of skin.
5. Cap Sleeve Dress
Romantics will be drawn to the design of this cap sleeve outfit, which showcases the best of would-be bride’s décolletage and chest area. It’s free flowing skirt makes this piece feel effortless, whilst the floor-length tie-up detail at the back adds an extra layer of femininity.