Meghan Markle Duchess of Sussex releases charity clothing line amid criticism the collection is boring/weird
Stylish or boring? That is the question peoples are asking after the debut of the Meghan.
Meghan Markle’s Age:
Rachel Meghan Markle was born on August 4, 1981 in Los Angeles, California
Her mother Doria Ragland is a former social worker and yoga instructor living in View Park–Windsor Hills, California. Markle has often described having a very close friendship with her mother. Her father Thomas Markle Sr. lives in Rosarito, Mexico and is a retired television director of photography and lighting director, whose profession resulted in his young daughter often visiting the set of Married…with Children. Markle’s parents divorced when she was six years old. Her older paternal half-siblings are Samantha Markle and Thomas Markle Jr., from whom she is reportedly estranged.
She released two fashion collections with Canadian clothing company Reitmans in 2015 and 2016. The lines were based on her personal style and that of her Suits character, described as “aspirational girl next door”, and quickly sold out. Markle has cited Emmanuelle Alt as her style inspiration. In an interview with Glamour, the Duchess said that she favored “that French way of styling, where if your outfit is pulled together, then something’s got to be dishevelled—your hair, your make-up”. In her youth, Markle’s “sensibility had always been relaxed California girl style” consisting of jeans, cut-offs and flip-flops. She usually prefers “streamlined dresses” with “neutral colors” and bateau necklines, and likes “monochromatic and tonal dressing”. She has worn outfits and ensembles by a wide variety of fashion designers.
In December 2017, Markle caused a surge in interest in Scottish retailer Strathberry after carrying one of their handbags to a public event shortly after her engagement. This was reported as an indication that her fashion choices would produce her own version of the Kate effect. After Markle and Prince Harry’s first appearance as a couple, brands Mackage, Birks, R&R Jewelers, Crown Jewelers and Everlane noted an upswing in their website hits and sales. It has been speculated that Markle’s effect would be greater, as she has a strong appeal in America. She caused a boost in the sales of yellow gold in the first quarter of 2018 in the United States.
In 2018, Tatler named the Duchess on its list of Britain’s best dressed people, praising her for redefining “modern royal style with every subsequent appearance”. Following the announcement of her pregnancy, the Duchess appeared in a Karen Gee dress that resulted in the breakdown of the designer’s website. She was ranked one of the best dressed women in 2018 by fashion website Net-a-Porter, and was nominated for the 2018 Teen Choice Awards in the category Choice Style Icon. In 2019, British brand Reiss reported a growth in profits, after the Duchess was seen wearing a mini-dress by them on International Women’s Day.
The clothes were designed for a charity that coaches unemployed women back into the workforce
Four retailers partnered with the charity, donating one item back to Smart Works for each item sold
Some say the pieces are “basic” but the Duchess said the goal was to create “classic” pieces
The Smart Set collection has, by its own admission, a pretty simple goal: to meet the demand for “workwear essentials often needed to attend interviews”.
The collection, a collaboration between the Duchess, Smart Works charity, and a range of British designers, will be available for two weeks online and in stores and has already sold out of at least one item.
For every item bought during the sale of the collection, one is donated to Smart Works, which helps long-term unemployed and vulnerable women back into the workforce.
It is an honourable cause, but that has done little to stop the critics.
Nadine Saad of the Los Angeles Times summed it up as a bunch of “basic wardrobe staples that make a woman look sharp enough to be taken seriously but says little to nothing about her style aesthetic or personality”.
Some on social media argued the line was boring, dull and hardly haute couture, after the project’s launch on Thursday.
In the September issue of British Vogue, which she guest edited, the Duchess said the wardrobe of donated items could be a “potpourri of mismatched sizes and colors” and, in the context of job hunting, some of these pieces were “not always the right stylistic choices or range of sizes”.
She said her goal was to create a line to offer “classic” work wear options.
“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 wrote.
“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.”
The project’s launch was one of the Duchess’ first royal engagements since the birth of her and Prince Harry’s son Archie in May.
Before leaving the launch she said: “I’ve got to get back to the baby — it’s feeding time.”