The Duchesses of Cambridge and Sussex are no strangers to high-end labels, but there does appear to be one key difference in their approaches to famous designers – and that’s how branded their looks are.
While Kate loves to mix it up with different designers, Meghan, 37, is more likely to wear one designer from head-to-toe, including accessories.
For instance, on Commonwealth Day earlier this week, the Duchess attended the Westminster Abbey service wearing bespoke all-white ensemble by Victoria Beckham, complete with a chain-print dress, coat, bag and shoes, believed to have cost £9,000.
And Meghan’s love of championing a particular designer with a head-to-toe look, it could be all down to her best friend and brand consultant stylist Jessica Mulroney.
Celebrity stylist Lucas Armitage told MailOnline: ‘A stylist such as Jessica will be sent lavish look books from brands outlining their key looks. This may be why we see her optioning exact catwalk looks rather than mixing and matching brands like Kate.’
‘The reason Kate’s looks feature pieces from different designers could be due to the fact that she just shops for herself, rather than have stylist busying at finding her what to wear.
‘A stylist who works with designers will often be at events and dinners with them and will be more likely to pay homage to their vision by taking a whole runway look and not altering it.’
Brand it like Beckham: The Duchess of Sussex wore a Victoria Beckham chain-print dress with matching coat and shoes from the same designer. Meghan, 37, has made a habit of sporting the same designer from head-to-toe
Make like Meghan in a chain print dress by Victoria Beckham
Victoria Beckham AW19 chain print dress
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The Duchess of Sussex is really treating us to her own personal fashion show this week.
On Monday morning she attended an event at Canada House wearing a bespoke green coat and dress by Erdem, based on designs from his AW19 collection, before changing into a completely different outfit for the Commonwealth Day service at Westminster Abbey.
Meghan looked ultra chic as always but this time she opted for a dress, coat, bag and shoes by Victoria Beckham. This cream chain print midi is a custom made take on the label’s forthcoming AW19 line and we love the elegant shade and floaty fit.
The exact piece isn’t available online but you can get your hands on a V-neck version (right) or a long sleeve high neck cut (below) at Moda Operandi now. It’ll make the ideal dress for a spring garden party, styled with simple heels and a jacket.
Or you can find more chain print dresses to tempt you from the likes of Boohoo, Unique 21, Alexis and Liu Jo that’ll give you the look without breaking the bank.
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Meghan wore all Givenchy in Cheshire this summer when she opened the new Mersey Gateway Bridge with none other than the Queen. The two royals giggled their way through their first joint royal engagement like two old friends
A vision in red! Meghan wore a Valentino dress and carried a cream clutch by the same designer for her arrival in Casablanca on her royal tour of Morocco last month
And while the Duchess of Sussex has made her love of designers well known, it shouldn’t ruffle the feathers of her grandmother-in-law.
Etiquette expert William Hanson told Mailonline that: ‘There is no etiquette or dictum as to what a royal person can or cannot wear in terms of designers.’
He pointed out that Queen Elizabeth was also a fan of designer coordination: ‘Her Majesty often wears a dress by one designer and a hat by another – although sometimes the entire outfit is by the same designer.’
‘Fashion, as we all know, is so subjective and certain royalty prefer to wear the same fashion label from head to toe, whereas others like to mix and match.
Dior from head-to-toe. The Duchess, who is believed to be eight months pregnant, wore a kaftan-inspired dress by Dior with a matching clutch and shoes by the French designer while attending a reception hosted by the British ambassador to Morocco in Rabat
A possible reason behind Meghan’s solo-designer choices could be her best friend and unofficial stylist Jessica Mulroney
‘What is more important is to be modestly and appropriately dressed for the right occasion.’
During a recent trip to Morocco, Meghan showed her love for Valentino and Dior with two outfits featuring only these brands.
Pregnant Meghan wore a bold red cape from the high-end designer and carried a statement cross-body bag, which had a pale pink front and gold V on the front.
On the second day of the three-day trip, she shone in Dior at a reception hosted by British ambassador Thomas Reilly and his wife Leah at their official residence in the capital of Rabat.
Meghan wore a sweeping kaftan-inspired custom Dior gown, which she teamed with metallic heels, a favourite pair of £6,950 diamond earrings and a satin clutch, also by Dior.
The Duchess of Sussex adores Dior and will gladly sport the brand from head-to-toe on several occasions, like on 10 July last year for the centenary of the Royal Air Force in London
In July she also wore a bespoke Dior navy midi dress with a matching clutch bag at the centenary of the Royal Air Force. She paired the outfit with heels also from Dior only branching out to another designer for her statement swirl fascinator, which was made by Stephen Jones.
A possible reason behind Meghan’s solo-designer choices could be her best friend and unofficial stylist Jessica Mulroney.
In an interview with Harper’s Bazaar the Canadian fashion star discussed the power of getting a brand’s item on someone famous.
She said: ‘Sometimes all you need is that onetime break and it’ll change your life. If you get your item on a celebrity, that’s almost like the top of the top—a new way of creating business.’
The mother-of-three, whose children were pageboys and bridesmaids at the Royal wedding last summer, even revealed that when the Duchess of Sussex wore a trench dress from Calagary-based House of Nonie in July 2018, she saved them from shutting down.
Meghan had a very Beckham Christmas and wore the designer’s boots, coat and dress during the Christmas day service at St Mary Magdalene Church in December 2018 with her in-laws