On Monday Meghan Markle made an unannounced appearance at the annual British Fashion Awards and shocked everyone because no one was expecting it. She was there to give Clare Waight Keller, the artistic director of Givenchy – the British Womenswear Designer of the Year award. This is the same designer that made her iconic wedding dress.
“It is such an honor to be here celebrating British fashion and British fashion designers in my new home of the U.K.,” Meghan said to the audience who couldn’t stop cheering.
“As all of you in the room know, we have a deep connection to what we wear, sometimes it’s very personal and sometimes it’s emotional. But for me, this connection is rooted in, really, being able to understand that it’s about supporting and empowering each other, especially as women.”
When she accepted her award, Keller thanked Meghan for trusting her to design her gown for her big day. “I got to know Meghan on such a personal level,” the British designer said. “To have someone like that trust you in an incredible moment in their life is something that is just the most unbelievable honor. I can’t thank you enough because it was the most beautiful moment.”
Since her wedding in May, Givenchy has become a go-to for the Duchess, as Alexander McQueen became a go-to for Kate Middleton. Meghan is often seen wearing Givenchy pieces for royal engagements.
Meghan looked incredibly stunning and glowing in a sleek black velvet one-shoulder Givenchy column gown, as she walked to the stage cradling her stomach. She completed the look with gold “Karat” heel by Tamara Mellon and a gold cuff bracelet by Pippa Small.
Meghan broke royal protocol again, this time with her opaque dark nail polish that matched her dress. It’s a sophisticated, popular and winter-appropriate color, but it’s also very rare for royal women. In previous public appearances as a royal so far, Meghan has worn only light nail polish or natural, bare nails – just like Kate Middleton and the rest of the Royal women.
According to Queen Elizabeth, anything colored or fake (RIP, acrylics) isn’t cool. In fact, it’s “vulgar.”
Since she got engaged to Prince Harry, Meghan has been only seen in public with natural nails: