Get ready for another wave of the ‘Meghan effect’ because the Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle, has been busy flexing her fashion flair on a brand new workwear collection with Marks & Spencer and House of Fraser, which is set to drop in September.
Combining her love for philanthropy and fashion, the global style icon was recently made guest editor of the September issue of British Vogue magazine, where she revealed details of the capsule collection as Royal Patron of Smart Works. This is a charity close to Meghan’s heart which supports unemployed women by coaching, preparing and dressing ladies who want to enter or return to the workforce.
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Spotlight on: Smart Works We are proud to be supporting a very special initiative this autumn for @SmartWorksCharity! After quiet visits to Smartworks over the last year, The Duchess was moved by the impactful work being done by this non profit organisation that helps women into the workforce, equipping them with both the skills and clothes they need to feel job-ready. Throughout her visits she noticed that while the donations were plentiful, they were also notably a combination of mismatched items and colours which weren’t always the right stylistic choices or sizes that didn’t necessarily “suit” the job at hand: to make a woman feel confident and inspired as she walked into her job interview. As a result, launching this autumn, The Duchess will be supporting a collective to help equip the women of Smart Works with the key workwear essentials they need as they enter into the workplace. This initiative is supported by four generous brands who share the vision to empower the women of Smart Works to look and feel 💯 as they bravely venture in to what can often be a daunting environment for those who have been out of the job market. The brands have come together to work towards this united force for good, “[reframing] the idea of charity as community,” as The Duchess writes in a piece for this month’s British Vogue. They will follow the 1:1 model where an item from the collection purchased is an item shared with a woman of Smart Works because “not only does this allow us to be part of each other’s story; it reminds us we are in it together.” For more information on how you can be part of another woman’s success story visit @smartworkscharity. Special thanks to: @JohnLewisandPartners, @MarksandSpencer, @MishaNonoo, @InsideJigsaw for supporting this very special organisation. And to find out more, read the September issue of @BritishVogue and stay tuned for more exciting updates this autumn. Photo©️SussexRoyal
The workwear wardrobe will be sold on a ‘one-for-one basis’, which means that for every item of clothing bought, another will be donated to a woman in need. We’ve still yet to find out what the clothes will look like, but we can expect that each piece will 1. be as stylish and sophisticated as Meghan and 2. sell out very, very quickly.
Yes ladies, this time next month, we’ll be able to say that we’ve been styled by The Duchess herself.
Image credit: Smart Works