Meghan Markle launches fashion brand – behind-the-scene pictures from intimate shoot

Meghan Markle launches fashion brand – behind-the-scene pictures from intimate shoot

The Duchess of Sussex’s fashion collection is called “Smart Set Capsule Collection” and will last for at least two weeks. It is designed to help Smart Works, a charity that provides quality clothes and training for unemployed women for job interviews. Meghan said in a statement: “Since moving to the UK, it has been deeply important to me to meet with communities and organisations on the ground doing meaningful work and to try to do whatever I can to help them amplify their impact.” 

“Thank you to the four brands who came together in supporting Smart Works on this special project – placing purpose over profit and community over competition.”

For every item bought, one will be donated to the charity which Meghan became the patron of earlier this year.

The items include a blazer and trousers from fashion chain Jigsaw; a tote bag from department store John Lewis; a classic dress from Marks & Spencer and a white shirt from fashion
designer Misha Nonoo, a friend of the U.S.-born Duchess.

Sizes range from 6 to 24 and for every garment purchased the retailer will donate one garment to Smart Works.

The five pieces include the Smart Set Crepe Shift Dress, which costs £19.50 from Marks & Spencer and is available in vibrant blue and classic black, and in regular and petite sizes.

Described as “a staple in your autumn wardrobe” and “a perfect choice all year round too”, the dress is “cut from crepe that handily doesn’t require ironing, the shift shape flatters your figure with its clean and simple lines”.

The Smart Set Blazer by Jigsaw, which costs £199, is tailored for a feminine fit and fully lined.

The workplace staple, which fastens with a single button, is only available in black.

The slim-fit, black sleek tapered trousers match the jacket and are from Jigsaw’s Paris tailoring collection, two of the brand’s most popular pieces.

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Made from “subtly grained and soft-to-touch leather”, the bag is described as “a lightweight, versatile and practical weekday accessory for the modern woman”.

The “generously-sized bag” has an open-top design with “plenty of room to fit whatever you need to get you through the working day”.

It has a large exterior slip pocket and two phone-sized slip pockets, one card slot and a zipped pocket inside, and two shoulder straps and a detachable and adjustable crossbody strap.

Each retailer will only stock its own Smart Set piece, rather than the full collection, although John Lewis will also sell the Jigsaw suit.

The collection has been praised by fans of Meghan’s style.

MadAboutMeghan tweeted: “Really nice price point, selection of sizes, regular & petite sizing. Perfect pieces for a professional wardrobe.” described the tote bag as “gorgeous”.

A quote from the duchess – “Not a handout, a hand held” – accompanies the description of the items on the John Lewis and M&S websites.

Published at Thu, 12 Sep 2019 12:12:00 +0000