Experts have praised the Duchess of Sussex‘s new capsule clothing collection as the ‘essence of her style’.
Meghan Markle, 38, launched her five-piece high street line in Oxford Street today, which includes a £19.50 Marks & Spencer shift dress available in blue and black, a John Lewis £109 tote bag in tan and black – which has already sold out online – a £199 Jigsaw jacket, £120 Jigsaw trousers and a £125 white shirt by her matchmaking pal Misha Nonoo.
For every item bought during the sale of the collection, expected to last at least two weeks, one will be donated to Smart Works, which offers clothing and interview coaching to unemployed women.
Speaking to Femail, fashion expert Rochelle White said it perfectly reflected the Duchess’ everyday style, and praised it for being accessible.
Meanwhile celebrity stylist Lucas Armitage described some of the pieces including the Marks & Spencer shift dress as ‘underwhelming from a fashion point of view’, but conceded that the cut made it perfect to ‘suit most body shapes’.
Experts have praised the Duchess of Sussex’s new capsule clothing collection as the ‘essence of her style’
Celebrity stylist Lucas Armitage described some of the pieces including the Marks & Spencer shift dress as ‘perfect to ‘suit most body shapes’
Celebrity stylist Rochelle White said: ‘The style of Meghans collection I think has an essence of her and her style. ‘They have a nice balance of modern, casual and trendy and items that can be worn everyday.
‘I feel that she has really thought about what items are in this collection and made it affordable and wearable for every day women.
‘The price suits the brands/ stores that she has partnered with and I feel represents that type of people who are inspired by/ and are like Megan.
‘I do believe that this collection will go down well with items selling out and that there will be a high demand for the collection.
‘Megan has become a fashion icon in not just the UK but around the world.’
Among the collection is a £199 Jigsaw jacket, £120 Jigsaw trousers and a £125 white shirt by her pal Misha Nonoo
The already sold-out bag is said to be among her favourite items, with an insider who worked on the tote telling Harper’s Bazaar: ‘The most important thing was it had to fit a CV [resume]’
Meanwhile celebrity stylist Lucas Armitage argued: ‘Meghan Markle is known for her love of the form fitting and attention grabbing dresses so to see such a departure from her all eyes on me philosophy is a welcome step for me.
‘The shift dress is maybe underwhelming from a fashion point of view but it’s a dress that will look great on most body shapes.
‘The gathers round the neckline add some welcome detail and the loose fitting sleeve is a firm favourite for M&S shoppers.’
He added: ‘A classic leather tote is a bag every woman needs and this one doesn’t disappoint. It’s classic styling makes it the perfect all round bag.’
Meghan, 38, formally presented the five-piece capsule collection, which benefits the Smart Works charity, at an event this afternoon, marking her return to official engagements following the birth of son Archie in May
The Duchess of Sussex arrives to launch the Smart Works capsule collection at John Lewis in Oxford Street, London
The comments come as customers stormed the high street sites to get hold of the range, all of which is said to be in Meghan’s own wardrobe.
The already sold-out bag is said to be among her favourite items, with an insider who worked on the tote telling Harper’s Bazaar: ‘The most important thing was it had to fit a CV [resume]’.
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.
A spokesperson for John Lewis & Partners said: ‘The first release of the Smart Set Tote has sold out online, with a second release coming shortly. However we have plenty of stock in our shops across the country.’
Customers can also download the app to check which stores have availability.
The first pieces from the Duchess of Sussex’s charity clothing range are available to buy online Among them is this £19.50 shift dress from M&S (pictured)
The final item from the capsule collection to drop, was the husband shirt, costing £125, and designed by Meghan and Harry’s close mutual friend Misha Nonoo