LONDON, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 25: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex opens the ‘Oceania’ Exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts on September 25, 2018 in London, England. ‘Oceania’ is the first-ever major survey of Oceanic art to be held in the United Kingdom. The Duchess wears Givenchy. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)

The countdown is on. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will visit our shores in T minus 15 days. From Sydney to Dubbo to Melbourne and beyond, the visit will serve as a very grand celebrity sighting but also a reminder that Australia is still very much a part of the Commonwealth. And thank God given the country’s current leadership game of pass-the-parcel where we inevitably ended with a surprise winner, one we didn’t even vote to be part of the circle. Yes, in the same way we need Harry and Meghan, Paris Fashion Week needed Givenchy’s Clare Waight Keller’s SS19 collection.

Forty-eight hours earlier, Celine’s newly appointed designer Hedi Slimane showcased a huge kick in the teeth to feminism; a regressive mix of too-tight party dresses and drainpipe tailoring that saw even fashion’s professional critics put their next-show invitations on the line and label it a disappointment. Women have moved on, they all said, citing the out-of-touch aesthetic, one that didn’t represent today’s female at all.

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM – SEPTEMBER 25: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex arrives to open ‘Oceania’ at the Royal Academy of Arts on September 25, 2018 in London, England. ‘Oceania’ is the first-ever major survey of Oceanic art to be held in the United Kingdom. The Duchess wears Givenchy. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)
WINDSOR, UNITED KINGDOM – MAY 19: Meghan Markle arrives for her wedding to Prince Harry at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle on May 19, 2018 in Windsor, England. The Duchess wears Givenchy. (Photo by Andrew Matthews – WPA Pool/Getty Images)

Step in, Givenchy. It was power dressing with a feminine touch. Soft pleating was both flowing in skirt-form and fanned out around the face in a bold, architectural silhouette so strong, it commanded your attention in the same way Markle attracts a paparazzi lens. Low slingback kitten heels were in line with the modern woman’s on-the-run lifestyle as were the functional, pocket-heavy pants. The sharp-tailored androgynous blazers, much loved by the newest member of the Royal Family, were presented in an array of black and metallic silver.

Waight Keller of course landed the most coveted job in fashion earlier this year designing Markle’s wedding gown. The former U.S. actress has consistently stepped out in Givenchy since.

Markle will undoubtedly be wearing her go-to designer’s off-the-runway creations at her upcoming tour of Australia on October 16. Take a peek at the Givenchy SS19 collection – and the Duchess’ future wardrobe – here.

Givenchy in Dubbo? Why not.

Harry And Meghan’s Royal Itinerary:

Tuesday 16th October: Sydney, Australia

Wednesday 17th October: Dubbo, Australia

Thursday 18th October: Melbourne, Australia

Friday 19th October: Sydney, Australia

Saturday 20th October: Sydney, Australia

Sunday 21st October: Sydney, Australia

Monday 22nd October: Fraser Island, Australia

Tuesday 23rd October: Suva, Fiji

Wednesday 24th October: Suva, Fiji

Thursday 25th October: Nadi, Fiji and Nuku’alofa, Tonga

Friday 26th October: Nuku’alofa, Tonga and Sydney, Australia

Saturday 27th October: Sydney, Australia

Sunday 28th October: Wellington, New Zealand

Monday 29th October: Wellington and Abel Tasman National Park, New Zealand

Tuesday 30th October: Auckland, New Zealand

Wednesday 31st October: Rotorua, New Zealand