Indisputable fact: Vera Wang knows weddings. In fact, she pretty much invented modern American bridal as we know it, having designed gowns for celebrities, politicians, It-girls and thousands upon thousands of brides worldwide. Her name is synonymous with fairytale weddings worldwide.
In her almost 30 years in the industry, she's also no stranger to our culture's obsession with royal weddings; she remembers when Diana and Charles wed to global awe, and witnessed the overwhelming obsession with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in 2011 and royal-adjacent Pippa and James Matthews last year. "I get royal wedding mania," says the designer, "and it's amazing to be able to celebrate a royal wedding with an American–it brings attention to a sense of romance that in our present world we lack a bit of. A royal wedding brings out things like hope, grandeur in all of us."
On the topic of grandeur, we immediately asked Wang about what she thinks Markle will wear down the aisle - and while she confirms she will not be designing the gown, despite some quiet suspicions that she might have been, she has some thoughts on the Duchess-to-be's bridal look. "Other than [wearing] us, and she's not wearing us–there are two ways for her to go: American or British. Given her new position, her new status, and her new role, she'll very well go British."
As for the style, Vera suggests that stylistically, Markle find a middle ground. "Neither full blown royal wedding like Diana or Kate, and neither narrow, sensual and more sexy–I think she’ll go somewhere in-between that feels a tad more modern," she muses. This seems to be the style tightrope Markle has been walking since she moved to London, with her wardrobe landing somewhere in-between her red-carpet style and the more ladylike aesthetic royals like Kate, Eugenie, Beatrice and co tend to sport. As for the shape and style of her wedding gown, Wang hopes Meghan will opt for "something maybe a tad subtler, not a mermaid but not a full blown royal proportion or anything theatrical. Given that she's not marrying the future king, she’ll still be a royal, [but] there’s a lot to be done between those two worlds."