- Stella McCartney Is Launching a Bridal Offering—And It Includes a Certain Backless Dress We Saw at the Royal Wedding
Stella McCartney Is Launching a Bridal Offering—And It Includes a Certain Backless Dress We Saw at the Royal Wedding
Forget a stuffy bridal week presentation. Stella McCartney chose a much grander (and more clever) stage to tease her entrée into the world of bridal: the Royal Wedding. On May 19, after Meghan Markle said “I do” to Prince Harry at Windsor Castle, she changed out of her ceremony gown—a long-sleeved number by Givenchy’s Clare Waight Keller—and slipped into an ivory silk-crepe dress by McCartney with a high neck, an open back, and a short, party-ready train. At the time, no one thought much of the fact that McCartney wasn’t a “bridal designer” (nor is Waight Keller). The bigger takeaway was that Markle was supporting British designers—specifically British female designers.
Both dresses are sure to inspire weddings for years to come, and fans of Markle’s sleek, more casual number can buy a near-identical version in McCartney’s debut “Made With Love” collection of wedding dresses, tuxedos, and jumpsuits, which launches today. The 17 looks capture McCartney’s signature energy and charm—a lace jumpsuit is cinched with a topstitched satin sash, for instance, and there’s a low-key ease to the double-breasted suit—but there’s a degree of timelessness, too. “When I designed this collection, I took some classic Stella McCartney pieces and relooked at them and reenergized them with the spirit that is now in the future of weddings—the modern bride’s approach to her dress,” McCartney wrote to Vogue. “It was important to me to embody the core values of our house, so the collection has elements of sustainability as well. It truly reflects different ages, and I think so many different women come to us, so I really wanted to reflect that in the bridal offering,” she continues. “It is not just for one type of bride; it is truly made with love.”
In keeping with McCartney’s sustainable mission, the collection is made primarily with luxe viscose, a traceable fabric sourced from certified forests in Sweden, as well as couture lace and chiffon. The fact that a “Stella bride” might actually wear her look again also factors into the sustainability conversation; why buy something you’ll only wear once when you can pick up a tuxedo or minimalist gown you’ll reach for again and again? (There’s not a single “princess” gown to speak of here.) Instead of letting something collect dust in the back of your closet, truly wearing your clothes actually reduces waste and extends the lifespan of a garment—a message McCartney promotes on Instagram, in her ready-to-wear collections, and through her partnership with TheRealReal. Brides-to-be who share that mentality (or simply love McCartney’s designs) can visit her website to book an appointment in one of her stores. The bridal collection will also be available in select wholesale accounts, including Nordstrom.