This Irish designer's Meghan Markle-inspired dress is a runaway hit
Meghan Markle's elegant personal style is infiltrating the Irish market.
Britain's Duchess of Sussex has soared to the top of international best dressed lists over the last 12 months, scoring fashion hit after hit since announcing her engagement to husband Prince Harry last November. And it's this tour de couture she has become synonymous with that inspired a leading Irish designer to pay homage to the former actress in her autumn/winter collection.
Helen McAlinden, a Dublin-based designer who has been running her eponymous label for 17 years, recently launched the 'Meghan' dress, a teal midi dress with contrasting navy wrap detail and a modest neckline.
"We think Meghan is our style, it's a very clean type of dressing that is very much the Helen McAlinden woman," she told Independent.ie Style. "It's almost sold out. Our dresses go quickly, but this one has gone very quickly."
What is it about the duchess that exudes that famous Markle Sparkle?
"Meghan’s style is contemporary, accessible - it's very simple and very clean. It’s kind of effortlessly expensive," she says. To get that look, the clothing doesn’t have to be expensive, just cut in a clever and simple way. You need good tailoring and knowing what works for your body shape
"People have to know what works for them."
"She wore a yellow dress a few weeks back and it was absolutely great. There's nothing fussy about how she dresses. I think she has that very nice, clean American xxx look which is completely different with what one normally associates with the royal family."
While her Givenchy wedding gown continues to polarise opinion, Helen was captivated by its simplicity.
"Her wedding dress was really reflective of that clean, elegant simplicity. I thought it was absolutely lovely. Everything she wears is so simply - she wore a tea dress to a wedding and that didn't work, but everything else she looks great in."
Another big hit this season is the 'Caroline dress', a design which Team McAlinden have "reinvented two or three times" due to popularity.
"We’re still into athleisure like trainers and leggings, but now there is more of a move towards clean, simple tailoring," Helen says.
"Meghan, Caroline and Vivenne are similar in that sort of very simple, pared back and easy to wear.
"All our fabrics have a bit of stretch in them, they look bodycon, but they're not too fitted. We got so used to athleisure, we need our clothes to be comfortable - nobody wants to feel restricted."