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A Closer Look at Meghan Markle’s Invictus Games Style So Far

A Closer Look at Meghan Markle’s Invictus Games Style So Far

Meghan Markle put her best foot forward at this year’s Invictus Games — particularly when it came to her outfits.The Duchess of Sussex accompanied Prince Harry for the fifth annual international sporting event held at The Hague in the Netherlands, wearing the likes of Valentino, Celine, Khaite, Brandon Maxwell and more to attend events.
The opening ceremony kicked off on April 16, and the games will conclude on April 22. Though they were originally scheduled to be held in May 2020, the games were postponed to 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Then they were postponed again to the spring of 2022.
Markle started off strong, wearing an all-white power suit by Valentino at the welcome reception on Friday. She topped off the look with a white stud bag also by the Italian luxury fashion house and white pumps from Aquazzura to match.

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at the Invictus Games venue in The Hague, Netherlands.
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On Saturday, during the Land Rover challenge, the duchess and duke had a matching moment in black, with Markle wearing a chasseur jacket in black tweed and black bag by Celine over a plain white top, Moussy denim jeans and two-toned beige and black flats by Chanel. She wore sunglasses by Linda Farrow and styled her hair in a ponytail.
Meanwhile, Prince Harry wore a black polo with the Invictus Games logo and navy blue slacks.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry at the 2020 Invictus Games in The Netherlands.
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During the opening ceremony later that evening, Markle dazzled in a black and white outfit by Khaite that featured a white ruched off-the-shoulder top and black flared trousers, with heels by Manolo Blahnik. She had her hair in an updo with two strands framing her face and wore earrings by Lorraine Schwartz.
Markle spoke on stage and thanked the Netherlands for hosting the games before going on to address solidarity with Ukraine and thanking the athletes for their efforts.

Meghan Markle at the 2020 Invictus Games opening ceremony in The Netherlands.
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“For each team, my husband and I both recognize it’s been a lot to get here, both physically and emotionally, not least of which for the Ukraine team, whom we are all standing with,” she said. “One thing I know for sure is that every single moment it has taken to get here will be worth it, because it is here, at the Invictus Games, that we honor your years of active duty on the field and your continued service to your country, to your family and your community off the field.”
On Easter Sunday, Markle wore a white jacket by Brandon Maxwell over a pair of dark wash denim jeans and pumps by Manolo Blahnik.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry at the 2020 Invictus Games in The Netherlands.
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Later that day, she wore a white floral long-sleeve minidress by Valentino, a brown handbag by Khaite and sunglasses also by the Italian label.
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Dallas’ 60th Art Ball Draws Jeremy Scott, Brandon Maxwell, Jamie-Lynn Sigler and More

Dallas’ 60th Art Ball Draws Jeremy Scott, Brandon Maxwell, Jamie-Lynn Sigler and More

DALLAS — “No one can be too much tonight,” said Brian Bolke, chair and impresario of the 60th Art Ball benefiting the Dallas Museum of Art.Bolke, founder of the Conservatory boutiques in New York and Dallas, played up the landmark anniversary by encouraging “Sixties Glamorous” dress for the 350 attendees, even emailing a mood board of period fashions for inspiration.
Guests included Brandon Maxwell, interior designer Ken Fulk, beauty entrepreneur Edward Bess, artist Mickalene Thomas, actress Jamie-Lynn Sigler and “Making the Cut Winner” Andrea Pitter.

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Brandon Maxwell at DMA.
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“I was going to wear Balenciaga from 1962, but when you put on something vintage and you’re vintage, it makes you look vintage,” said Becca Cason Thrash, glittering in a slinky sequined Rodarte. “Vintage is for young girls.”

Becca Cason Thrash and Jeny Bania
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Major sponsor Nancy Rogers glowed in a verdigris satin Empire gown with cluster beadwork custom made for her by Jeremy Scott.

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Jeremy Scott and Nancy Rogers
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The Moschino creative director was the man of the cocktail hour, having supplied painterly fashions from his Picasso-inspired spring 2020 collection to dress the doormen, DJ and several models, who posed in living tableaux photo ops for guests.
“I’m thrilled to be here and be Nancy’s guest and support the organization,” Scott said. “I’m from Kansas City, so I’m your neighbor. I love coming here because everyone is so friendly and genuine.”
Mary McDermott turned heads in a whimsical floral swing tunic and bellbottom pants created exclusively for her by longtime local designer Terri Camarillo Nytra.
“People don’t understand that this used to be a costume party,” said McDermott, whose late mother Margaret is the museum’s single biggest benefactor. “The first one I remember was ‘The Rites of Spring.’”
Fulk swanned among the ladies, joking about a 15-year affair with Thrash and cuddling up to Christen Wilson with the comment, “Just call us the Dallas couple.”
“He’s doing our house,” Wilson chimed in, “and he knows I’m a minimalist and he’s a maximalist.”
A number of the women sported newly natural silver hair, while Bag Snob blogger Tina Craig had colored her long hair red.

Brian Bolke and Tina Craig
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“I got divorced, and I’m reinventing myself,” Craig said.
The vintage theme permeated the menu, which opened with a globe of caviar atop onion dip served with potato chips followed by beef pot pie and crudités on a silver tray reminiscent of TV dinners and chunky banana pudding with Nilla wafers.
In his remarks, DMA director Augustín Arteaga couldn’t help but tease the upcoming “Cartier and Islamic Art: In Search of Modernity” exhibition running May 14 to Sept. 18. The DMA co-organized it with the Musée des Art Décoratifs in Paris and in collaboration with the Musée du Louvre and support from Cartier.
“It is going to be beautiful,” Arteaga said. “It is going to be the most mind-blowing thing ever.”

Brandon Maxwell Spring 2022 RTW

Brandon Maxwell Spring 2022 RTW

Did Brandon Maxwell go to an underground rave or start micro-dosing mushrooms?“I did go to Big Sur,” he laughed backstage after his show Friday night, reflecting on these trippy times and how they injected hyper color, psychedelic patterns, metallic sheen — and fun! — into his American sportswear repertoire for spring 2022.
“But seriously, that’s how the world has felt to me….And I realized a year-and-a-half ago it could be the last time, and if I had another chance to show, I wanted it to be me, the me my friends know.”

Like many of us, he wanted to feel the joy.
So he went into a room with fabrics, started sketching and let loose creating. He commissioned Austin-based music world artist Mishka Westell to create a fab magic mushroom-with-legs graphic, used on concert-style posters and T-shirts. And per usual, he welcomed his show guests with a family-style cocktail hour, where Shake Shack burgers and fries were on the menu along with plastic party cups of rose, as is the Texan’s way.

“I started with these very American things like the nautical sweater and gingham and just twisted them.…I’ve done the black dress with a bustier, but I also love a sweater and blazer with a pair of shorts and swimsuit,” he said of the more relaxed mood that made its way into a chic, warped gingham-pattern pantsuit worn with a bikini top, rugby stripe tops, shorts and feather-trimmed miniskirts, and a glam sequin-dusted anorak. Nylon backpacks and a belt-bag-meets-blanket-carrier added to the music festival vibe.

He kept it simple for evening, too, showing black-and-white kaleidoscopic knit cropped tops, tube skirts and cutout gowns, metallic pleat skirts and angel-sleeved dresses, with some pieces worn with cotton sweaters draped on the shoulders.
“I was having a blast, the whole studio was filled with patchouli and palo santo,” said Maxwell, who may also be thinking more casual and commercial now that he’s been tapped as the creative director of Walmart fashion brands Scoop and Free Assembly.
The models were living their best lives, too, walking arm-in-arm, laughing and smiling during their final walk.
You could feel the love, and that was everything.

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