Kate Middleton vs Meghan Markle: The surprising way Duchesses inspire fashion
Meghan, Duchess of Sussex turned heads on Tuesday evening in her Aritzia’s purple long-sleeved Babaton Maxwell dress while attending the One Young World Summit. The affordable dress retails for less than $50 (£38.79) and spurred searches around the world for similar dresses.
Meghan’s fashion also sparked interest as she and Prince Harry toured southern Africa in early October.
The Duchess wore some outfits designed by local fashion labels.
On the first day of her trip, Meghan wore a dress designed by ethical Malawian label Mayamiko.
It sells for £69 and was sold out following the Duchess being photographed wearing it as she visited the Nyanga Township in Cape Town, South Africa.
Meghan vs Kate fashion: This purple Babaton Maxwell dress sold out after Meghan was spotted wearing it
Meghan also chose to wear jewellery designed by local crafters, wearing a few $10 (£7) pairs of earrings.
These were both beaded and ceramic and created by Pakistani brand Zeen.
Following Meghan’s appearance on Tuesday, searches for purple dresses jumped 169 percent in just 12 hours.
Meghan vs Kate fashion: Meghan wore a dress designed by ethical Malawian label Mayamiko
Demand for Manolo Blahnik shoes rose by 35 percent compared to the previous week.
Within a day, the term “Artizia purple dress” turned into a breakout search term.
Kate, on the other hand, took inspiration from Princess Diana on her recent trip to Pakistan with Prince Harry.
On the second day of the visit, Kate wore an embroidered periwinkle kurta – which was very similar to the blue shalwar kameezes that Princess Diana wore on visits to Pakistan in the 1990s.
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The shalwar kameez is Pakistan’s national dress and is worn by both men and women.
Kate also paid tribute to her husband’s late mother by wearing an almost identical Chitrali cap which Princess Diana wore on her own trip.
Both Kate and Meghan are fashion icons, with their own unique styles when it comes to dressing.
Kate tends to use colour more in her wardrobe, while Meghan favours neutral and dark colours like navy blue, black and cream.
Meghan vs Kate fashion: Both Meghan and Kate paid tribute to the country they visited with their outfits
Meghan vs Kate fashion: Kate wore an embroidered periwinkle kurta, similar to one Princess Diana had worn
The differences in their style were also clearly seen at their respective weddings.
Kate’s wedding dress was a long-sleeved, lace appliquéd gown designed by English designer Sarah Burton, creative director of the luxury fashion house Alexander McQueen.
The train spanned almost nine feet, and the Victorian style bodice pulled in at the waist creating an hourglass silhouette.
Meghan chose a more simplistic dress, with a pure white gown by British designer Clare Waight Keller, the artistic director of French fashion house Givenchy.
Meghan’s dress did not feature lace, but instead had a no-frills boat neckline and three-quarter length sleeves.
Her veil was more intricate, with floral detail which represented all 53 countries of the Commonwealth.
When Kate married William in 2011, she opted for the Cartier Halo tiara which had lots of history.
The wedding tiara chosen by the Duchess had been in the family since it was created in 1936.
“In choosing the Cartier Halo tiara for her wedding, Kate established a new generation of royals,” Tobias Kormind, Managing Director of 77Diamonds.com told Express.co.uk.
Meghan wore Queen Mary’s bandeau tiara, and had been made in 1932 for the Queen’s grandmother, Queen Mary.
The tiara features both large and small brilliant diamonds, and the centre stone of the piece is actually a brooch.
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