Ever since Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced their engagement back in November, there’s been fevered speculation about what the bride will wear on her big day, with a string of British and UK-based designers touted as the chosen one (Erdem, Temperley and Roland Mouret are among the current favourites).
Many of the rumoured designers have just presented their autumn/winter collections at London Fashion Week, which means we can pore over the shows looking for clues as to what Markle’s dress will look like.
Chances are we won’t know until the day, May 19, who has landed the gig of a lifetime, but in the meantime, here’s what we can glean from eight London-based designers who are reported to be in the running…
One of the front runners in the royal wedding dress race (Markle has worn the brand before and the Duchess of Cambridge is a huge fan), Erdem Moralioglu, sent out a slew of stunning silver and ivory gowns that had more than a whiff of bridalwear about them.
Models also wore spotted veils created by milliner Noel Stewart – an edgy alternative to the lace veil for the bride-to-be?
2. Emilia Wickstead
Red carpet favourite Wickstead is known for her sumptuous, vintage inspired gowns, the kind that would easily be grand enough for the wedding of the year.
The most wedding-y dress on her autumn/winter catwalk? This ice blue low-cut number with delicate bead embellishment would look amazing on Markle.
3. Temperley London
Alice Temperley’s military-themed show featured lots of khaki and uniform-inspired looks alongside this silk one-shoulder gown in palest blush pink.
Take away the lace-up boots and waspie belt and you’ve got yourself a wedding dress fit for a future princess (albeit a rather sexy one).
4. Roland Mouret
A friend of Markle’s, Roland Mouret has been heavily tipped in recent weeks to be the man tasked with designing her wedding look, but his most recent collection at London Fashion Week didn’t give many hints at to what that might be since it focused so heavily on tailoring.
Could Mouret and Markle be about to surprise us all with a wedding suit instead of a dress?
Serbian-born, London-based designer Roksanda Ilincic is a firm favourite among the British fashion pack.
Her AW18 show featured a pair of candy-coloured tulle dresses that, if rendered in ivory or white, would be a bold wedding day choice for Markle.
It was all about eveningwear at Osman, where models danced the night away in disco-inspired sequinned looks.
Will we see Meghan Markle shimmy down the aisle in a gold lame jumpsuit? It would certainly cause a stir if she did…
Amidst a show dominated by rainbow colours and youthful outerwear, Christopher Bailey also sent out a handful of white floor-length gowns that would be perfect for a beach wedding.
Alas, we don’t think a see-through dress would cut it at St George’s Chapel, Windsor, nor would a Nova check scarf.
8. Simone Rocha
Irish-born designer Simone Rocha’s 19th century-inspired collection certainly had a regal feel to it and included lots of ivory and white gowns.
These catwalk creations may be a little too edgy for Markle’s taste but we think a bespoke Rocha dress would be an inspired choice for the bride-to-be.