Meghan Markle is launching a fashion collection, and this is not a drill
British Vogue‘s September issue doesn’t hit newsstands and digital devices until Friday August 2nd, but we’ve been loving everything we’ve learned about it so far. We’re obsessed with guest editor Meghan Markle‘s empowering interview with Michelle Obama and the 15 incredible women on the cover of the magazine’s “Forces for Change” issue. Turns out, there’s something even more exciting coming.
In the magazine’s digital issue, the Duchess of Sussex confirms that she is launching a workwear fashion collection in collaboration with some of her favorite designers. The best part? It’s for a great cause. The capsule collection will benefit Markle’s royal patronage, Smart Works, which helps unemployed women enter back into the workforce.
"When you walk into a Smart Works space, you're met with racks of clothing and an array of bags and shoes. Sometimes, however, it can be a potpourri of mismatched sizes and colors, not always the right stylistic choices or range of sizes," she wrote in the digital issue of British Vogue. "To help with this, I asked Marks & Spencer, John Lewis & Partners, Jigsaw and my friend, the designer Misha Nonoo, if they were willing to design a capsule collection of more classic options for a workwear wardrobe."
Markle announced back in January that Smart Works would be one of her royal patronages. The organization “helps long-term unemployed and vulnerable women regain the skills, confidence, and tools to succeed at job interviews, return to employment, and transform their lives,” according to her official announcement.
She has teamed up with them several times, even serving as a stylist to women in need. Now, proceeds from her new collection will go right to those women.
She writes in British Vogue, "Taking the idea further, many of the brands agreed to use the one-for-one model: for each item purchased by a customer, one is donated to the charity. Not only does this allow us to be a part of each other's story, it reminds us we are in it together."
The new mom explained how the right clothes can help empower women, writing, “In fact, if it’s a cultural reference you’re after, forget Cinderella—this is the story of Wonder Woman, ready to take on the world in her metaphorical and literal cape.”
Markle’s capsule collection will launch later this year, and we can’t wait to see what she has in store. Given that she has become a major trendsetter in the fashion world over the past few years, we’re sure it’s going to be epic.