Meghan Markle said she wants the women who wear her new clothing line to channel their inner “Wonder Woman” instead of “Cinderella.”
The Duchess of Sussex has partnered with fashion brand Jigsaw, designer Misha Nonoo, and British retailers Marks & Spencer and John Lewis to release a collection of women’s workwear, all for a good cause.
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For every item of clothing purchased, another item from the line will be donated to the charity Smart Works, an organization that assists unemployed and vulnerable women with everything they need to get back into the workplace.
The collection won’t be released until later this year, but the duchess is already spilling details about the line in the British Vogue issue that she guest edited.
“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 colours, not always the right stylistic choices or range of sizes,” writes the duchess in the magazine’s September issue.
“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.”
The royal added that she wants the women who wear the line to feel like they are “Wonder Woman” — the clothes acting as a “metaphorical and literal cape.”
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“There is often a misunderstanding about Smart Works being a makeover, a fashion show of ‘before and after,’ where a woman is magically transformed into something better than she was before,” she continued.
“But to label it as such would not only be inaccurate, it would be missing the point. This is not a fairy tale. 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.”
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