As a note: This post is intended as a brief break from another horrific news cycle of hate crimes, including the racially motivated murder in Kentucky and the Pittsburgh shooting. Perhaps also consider donating today to the Anti-Defamation League and/or the ACLU.
Meghan and Harry got a very welcome — to me, and I assume to them — late start on their Saturday/our Friday in Sydney, and by the time the pictures came in I was eight fingers into biting all my nails off during yesterday’s Dodgers-Red Sox odyssey and I could barely see clearly and was only able to croak “MUNCY” at the end (obviously that one went my way, but holy smokes, Boston’s Nathan Eovaldi pitched almost an entire game’s worth of baseball in extra innings alone and deserves all the laurels for some brilliant work). So here we are, a little late, but no less eager. Meghan and Harry could relax a bit until the wheelchair basketball finals at the Invictus Games, after which the Sussexes presented the medals, and then changed for the closing ceremony — at which, notably, they both spoke. The Invictus Games are Harry’s heart, and so clearly is Meghan, so it was very significant to see her take the stage for her own speech; not that there was doubt, but it sends a real message about how strongly Harry views them as a team and values her as an individual. And, of course, it was at Toronto’s Games last year when they made their public debut as a couple. It has been… a fairly busy twelve months, no?
Let’s get to the clothes. More thoughts on each slide — if you’re new to GFY, scroll up or use the up/down arrows on your keyboard to read the captions; clicking the “i” button on the right works beautifully too — but the IDs are these: At the closing ceremony, pictured above, Meghan wore an Antonio Berardi tuxedo dress and Aquazzura shoes. She loves that brand; these are the Casablanca ankle cuff pumps in a pinky-peach suede, although you should know — being as many of us love a hot shoe — that a couple sizes are available in fuchsia for half off at Net-a-Porter. Like, as of this typing, one size they had was a 38, which is a fairly common size. GO FORTH AND SHOE UP.
Ahem. At the medal ceremony Meghan picked a wrap jacket by Australian designer Scanlan Theodore, her Outland Denim jeans — which, by the way, weeted that thanks to her support raising their profile, it’ll be able to hire up to 30 more seamstresses in Cambodia — and her thicker-heeled Sarah Flint black pumps (previously worn on Anzac Day at dawn), the better to get down a steep set of stairs. Y’all, they have them in leopard. I’m just saying.
Hop to the slideshow for some analysis on the clothes. I’d rather give Meghan the last word; she did a beautiful and warm job delivering her speech:
“And I’m not sure if many of you know this, but a few years ago, before I had met my husband, I had the incredible honour of visiting troops deployed all over the world; from the UK to Italy and Afghanistan, and several other countries. In travelling to these military bases, I was given a very special glimpse into the lives of those who serve our countries. I was able to see the unshakable bonds between service men and women on the ground together, but at the same time to feel the palpable longing for family and friends while deployed. Once home, the need for that anchor of support from loved ones, especially given how much it accelerates recovery and rehabilitation, is immeasurable. I’ve been reminded of those memories here. […] The support system on the ground here at Invictus is something unlike any other. Because it’s not just cheering on your own, but realising that by the end of this week, ‘your own’ becomes everyone in the Invictus family.”
Moving speech by Harry at @InvictusSydney’s closing ceremony: “These men and women are role models. In a world where negativity is given too much of a platform, our Invictus competitors – many of whom have been given a second chance at life – are achieving extraordinary things.” pic.twitter.com/OQ1bm3VQjF
— Omid Scobie (@scobie) October 27, 2018
To get a sense of crowd size:
— Emily Andrews (@byEmilyAndrews) October 27, 2018