Five months after Baby Archie's birth, Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, returns to work. On Thursday, September 12, her fashion collection started with UK charity Smart Works, a line of five women's workwear pieces that brings together four different British clothing brands.
The Smart Set collection includes a $ 32 Marks & Spencer crepe shift dress, a $ 138 US $ tote bag from John Lewis, a $ 245 blazer, and a slim fit pair of trousers for $ 148 from Jigsaw and a classic white button-down for $ 125 from designer (and close friend of Markle) Misha Nonoo. For each piece purchased, one will be donated to Smart Works. Some items, such as the tote bag, are already sold out, while the blazer and trouser set is not available for shipping to the US.
Markle himself wore two of the pieces, shirt and pants to present the collection on Thursday at John Lewis Store in London. There is a reason why every article seems amazingly simple: Smart Works offers coaching and styling sessions for unemployed women before job interviews. Many of them may not have the budget to buy a brand new, office-style outfit to look professional. (Americans may be better acquainted with Dress for Success, a similar US-based organization.)
"Since moving to the UK, it has been very important to me to meet local communities and organizations doing meaningful work and to try and do anything to help them increase their impact, "said Markle in a statement posted on Instagram. In each product description is a quote from Markle: "Not a hand, but a hand in the hand."
Since becoming the Duchess of Sussex, Markle has incorporated her status as an influential fashion icon into her royal duties they continue to do so.
But while Kate Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, has followed a more traditional script in her relationship with the fashion industry, she favors a handful of first-rate British designers at public events, and her appearance in British Vogue in 201
For example, her first charity project as Duchess of Sussex was a cookbook with recipes from the Hubb Community Kitchen that formed a group of women after the fire at Grenfell Tower in 2017, in which 72 people died. Instead of the typical photo spread in British Vogue, she edited this year's September issue as a guest editor after she casually wrote a text to her editor, Edward Enninful, and filled the cover with 15 "Force for Change," including Women like Laverne Cox and Jameela Jamil (There was also an empty room that looked like a mirror, so that "you see yourself as part of this collective," she wrote.)
Meghan and her husband Prince Harry also managed to get their own Instagram account in April, separate from @KensingtonRoyal (the official site for William and Kate), despite earlier statements Buckingham Palace implying the Duke and Duchess of New York Sussex would be divided into the social media accounts of the larger family.
It all makes sense for a woman who was already a food and fashion influencer in her previous life. Apart from her work as an actress, especially in the TV show Suits, Markle also had a blog called The Tig, in which she wrote about healthy recipes, travel tips and beauty reviews and interviewed celebrities. It's the world she lived and became famous before she ever met Harry.
It is, among other things, what Markle has exposed to fanatical and often cruel criticism, largely by the British press. There are the much-discussed physical meanings of Meghan's difference: she wears dirty buns! She had no makeup for her actual wedding! It does not always follow the "royal protocol"! And the undercurrent of all this is that she is a biracial American, a stark contrast to the royal family's history of marrying her white, distinguished British peers. Any decision that Meghan makes as king is strongly reprimanded by the press. Although she was not the first queen to publish a magazine as a guest editor, various columnists labeled her as "idiotic," "shameless hypocritical," and "shallow."
Critics also reportedly condemned prices for Markle's new collection as too high, though it's all about subsidizing the cost of the garments so a second one can be donated to Smart Works.
The choice of affordable workwear for unemployed women as an advertising medium is a significant sign of Meghan's role as queen: the kind that can use the word "feminist" without appearing visibly uncomfortable for women entering the workplace enter, and who does not. I shied away from her previous life as an influencer.
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