Meghan Markle Rocked a ’60s-Inspired Dress with Panache on International Women’s Day
Meghan Markle took it back to the swinging ‘60s (minus the misogyny) today.
The pregnant 37-year-old Duchess of Sussex arrived at King’s College in London to sit on a panel hosted by the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust. Markle wore a black-and-white swirl print that fittingly brings to mind Gloria Steinem at the genesis of the feminist movement.
The psychedelic mock-neck “Azzura” shift ($345) comes from the British brand Reiss and is somehow not yet sold out (better move fast). The groovy print was a surprising choice for the duchess, who is typically drawn to muted neutrals, florals and errant sequin numbers every now and again.
The duchess topped the outfit with her favorite Alexander McQueen “Grain de poudre” wool blazer (now sold out). She pulled the ensemble together with her trusty suede pointed-toe Manolo Blahnik 105 BB pumps ($625) and a Stella McCartney “Shaggy Deer” faux leather crossbody/clutch ($875) as an homage to her wedding reception dress designer.
But Markle’s outfit wasn’t the only thing that made a statement during the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust. The duchess was also just officially named vice president of the organization. Her husband, Prince Harry, serves as president and Queen Elizabeth is patron. The organization seeks to connect young leaders across the world and encourages them to incite social change to provide empowerment and opportunities for those around them.
The Duchess of Sussex was in good company onstage and spoke alongside singer and humanitarian Annie Lennox, activist and model Adwoa Aboah, Campaign for Female Education executive director of Africa Angie Murimirwa, Let Us Learn founder Chrisann Jarrett, the 27th prime minister of Australia Julia Gillard and The Economist senior editor Ann McElvoy. (Damn.)
To honor the occasion, Markle delivered a powerful speech about the importance of International Women’s Day and its ability to shine light on “obstacles which still affect female empowerment across the world.”
Inciting social change and serving up fresh psychedelic prints? Meghan Markle finished out the week strong.