Markle turned heads in a black and white pinstripe Altuzarra dress, which is available for mere mortals on Net-a-Porter. The exact dress retails for $1995, but you can find the same look for under $100 below.
From her signature messy bun to the Alexander McQueen pantsuit she wore to a February black-tie event and her cheap and chic style in rings, Markle brings a refreshingly fashion-forward aesthetic to the monarchy. The Altuzarra spring dress she wore on April 18 to the Queen Elizabeth II Center captures that same vibe.
Born and raised in Paris to a French father and American-Chinese mother, Altuzarra debuted his label in 2008. Internships for Marc Jacobs and Proenza Schouler, and an apprenticeship for Parisian tailor Nicholas Caito helped prepare Altuzarra for the success that would come early on in his career, including a 2014 Womenswear Designer of the Year from the Council of Fashion Designers America. In 2016, the Business of Fashion wrote of Altuzarra, “There is always a hint of something wild and erotic simmering away in his collections.”
“Wild and erotic” are two adjectives that describe the former Angeleno. In fact, she appeared on the October 2017 cover of Vanity Fair with the headline, “Wild About Harry.”
As for erotic, the soon-to-be royal doesn’t shy away from sexy. Remember the sheer Ralph & Russo couture ball gown she wore for her engagement photos?
This Altuzarra dress is both demure and edgy, and feels fresh for spring. Markle wore the ensemble to meet with the Commonwealth Youth Forum, where Prince Harry serves as a Commonwealth Youth Ambassador. Prince Harry was recently appointed this role by the Queen, and the April 18 event is one of the first serving in an official capacity.
This “Audrey” dress is inspired by traditional apron dresses worn on the French countryside. Made in Italy of Viscose, the dress is lined, and features a detachable belt.
Can’t afford the $1995 price-tag for the Altuzarra dress? Uniqlo offers a version of the look for $20. This long-sleeved cotton stripped shirt dress captures the versatile, casual pin-stripes for spring look for Markle imitators.