Fit for a duchess? Erdem's royal-inspired gowns look made for Meghan and Kate

18th Feb 19 | Fashion

The designer's London Fashion Week show took place today.

Erdem Catwalk - London Fashion Week February 2019

For most of us, perusing the London Fashion Week shows is just for fun, and we can only imagine what it would be like wear those outfits.

But when you’re a member of the royal family, who regularly steps out in designer threads, it’s a bit like window shopping – selecting the looks you might want to wear for your next red carpet event or state dinner.

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The Duchess of Cambridge, wearing Erdem, and husband the Duke of Cambridge at a dinner hosted by the British ambassador in Stockholm in 2018 (Mark Stewart/PA)

The Duchess of Cambridge has worn Erdem on countless occasions before, so when the designer unveiled his autumn/winter 2019 collection today, we can’t help but wonder whether Kate was tuned into the live stream broadcast.

If she was, we think she’ll have been impressed by what she saw.

Erdem Catwalk – London Fashion Week February 2019
(Isabel Infantes/PA)

The Canadian-born London-based designer is known for his glamorous floral dresses, and he put on another spectacular performance this season, with a show that took place in the National Portrait Gallery, soundtracked by dramatic classical music.

Focusing on eveningwear, the collection featured lots of voluminous silhouettes, from big puffball cocktail dresses with cape detailing, to ruffled frocks and full-skirted, long-sleeved dresses.

Models on the catwalk during the Erdem Autumn/Winter 2019 London Fashion Week show at The National Portrait Gallery, London.
(Isabel Infantes/PA)

There were shimmering floral brocades everywhere, many of them in delectable shades, like raspberry, plum, sugared almond pink and mint – in fact, the colour palette was somewhat reminiscent of Quality Street chocolate wrappers.

Those jewel tones were tempered by lots of black lace, huge black bows tied at models’ necks and long, gauzy veils that gave the show a Sicilian widow kind of vibe.

A model wears a creation by Erdem at the Autumn/Winter 2019 fashion week runway show in London, Monday, Feb. 18, 2019.
(Vianney Le Caer/AP)

The Italian religious reference wasn’t accidental – the collection was reportedly inspired by Princess Orietta Doria Pamphilj, a Roman heiress who was a descendant of Pope Innocent X.

Dresses aside, other standout pieces included the cocoon coats with sparkling embroidered details, and the twinset knits that harked back to Princess Orietta’s 1960s heyday.

So, will we be seeing Kate – or sister-in-law Meghan – wearing one of these catwalk creations soon?

As with most London Fashion Week shows, these gowns aren’t necessarily the ones that will end up on the shop floor (or the red carpet) – these are the exaggerated, fashion shoot-friendly iterations designed to wow the crowds.

But we can certainly imagine the Duchess of Cambridge in a bespoke dress inspired by Erdem AW19, toned down and tailored to suit her understated style.

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