While Meghan Markle has been making Australia, Fiji and Tonga her personal catwalk, the stylish royal left fans breathless on Friday night (Oct. 26) at the Australian Geographic Society Gala Awards. The pregnant duchess had the ultimate modern princess moment as she arrived at Sydney's Shangri-La hotel wearing a black and white, graphic-printed Oscar de la Renta dress. While she presented the award for Young Conservationist of the to Sophia Skarparis, Meghan secured what many consider her biggest fashion win of the tour so far!
The strapless design from the label's Pre-Fall 2018 collection features a full skirt of white tulle and embellishments of black birds taking flight across the midsection, neckline and tapering off halfway down the skirt. They're described as "bonded looped ribbon tweed laser cut birds." The pattern was lovingly crafted by French embellishment designer Sarah Esmoingt, who is based in New York and works with Oscar de la Renta, Marchesa, Zac Posen and more.
The Duchess of Sussex anchored the whimsical look with her favourite Aquazzura Deneuve Bow pumps and wore her glossy locks in soft waves cascading over her shoulders. Though she typically keeps her makeup natural, the 37-year-old went glam for the evening event with radiant bronzed skin, smokey eyes and a pink lip.
Meghan and Harry had a dramatic return to Sydney after touring Fiji and Tonga, where Meghan wore a number of show-stopping looks - including her first evening gowns of the tour, a Fijian blue caped creation by SAFiYAA and a stunning white column gown with embellished cap sleeves by New York's Theia. The couple, whose pilot chose not to land their plane at the last minute, will spend another day in Sydney for the Invictus Games before heading to New Zealand for the final few days of their wildly popular royal tour.
— Emily Nash (@emynash) October 26, 2018