Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Duchess of Sussex Wears Dress by Calgary's Nonie to Mandela Exhibition

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Duchess of Sussex Wears Dress by Calgary's Nonie to Mandela Exhibition

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Meghan wears Calgary brand to Mandela exhibition

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CALGARY - A fondness for Canadian fashion apparently hasn't waned for Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex.

The former Toronto resident was photographed Tuesday in London wearing a sleeveless trench dress by the Calgary brand Nonie.

The new royal wore the tailored garment -- in a dusty rose hue dubbed "blush" on the company's website -- while attending the official opening of the Nelson Mandela Centenary Exhibition alongside her husband, Prince Harry.

Nonie is believed to be the first Canadian based ready-to-wear brand the duchess has showcased at a public event since her wedding in May.

Fashion designer Nina Kharey said her public relations team alerted her in the wee hours of the morning by text, and then she saw the photos online.

"It's just surreal, I still can't believe it's actually happened," Kharey said when reached by phone a few hours later in Calgary.

"She looks stunning, stunning. I actually can't get over how good she looks in it."

Kharey has never met Meghan but said the former "Suits" star requested the dress last November, before she was engaged. The tailored dress is part of her spring/summer 2018 collection and retails for $1,085.00. It's also available in black.

Meghan has long been a champion of Canadian fashion brands, dating back to her time living in Toronto while she filmed her seven-season run on the legal drama.

Her Canuck favourites include the luxury outerwear brand Sentaler, Aritzia, Smythe, Line the Label, Mackage, Birks and Reitmans.

Immediately after Meghan was photographed in Nonie, Kharey said she began sensing the impact of the famous "Meghan effect" -- the boost in publicity and product requests that typically come after the popular royal appears in public wearing a particular brand.

"My website has thousands of hits at the moment, which is a massive spike in our online presence. My Instagram is just exploding, I can't keep up."

All the attention comes just as Kharey turns her efforts towards breaking into the New York market and beyond.

"This is definitely a good step in the right direction, it's definitely going to get me the international eyes that I need at the moment," she said. …

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