Meghan, Duchess of Sussex unveils Smart Works collection

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex has launched her capsule collection for Smart Works.In the September 2019 issue of British Vogue magazine, which she guest-edited, Meghan announced she was teaming with executives at U.K. high street retailers Marks & Spencer,…

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex has launched her capsule collection for Smart Works.

In the September 2019 issue of British Vogue magazine, which she guest-edited, Meghan announced she was teaming with executives at U.K. high street retailers Marks & Spencer, John Lewis, and Jigsaw, as well as her fashion designer pal Misha Nonoo, to create a line specialising in professional clothing which will benefit Smart Works, an organisation which helps unemployed women regain the confidence they need to succeed at job interviews.

After teasing the range for the past month, Meghan unveiled the full collection at an event in London on Thursday.

“When you buy any item in the Smart Set Capsule Collection for Smart Works, the same item will be given to a Smart Works client, and with it, the confidence and support she needs to enter the workforce and take an important step in building a career,” she said in a statement. “Thank you to the four brands who came together in supporting Smart Works on this special project – placing purpose over profit and community over competition. In convening several companies rather than one, we’ve demonstrated how we can work collectively to empower each other – another layer to this communal success story, that I am so proud to be a part of.”

The Smart Set consists of the essentials often needed to attend interviews and enter into the workplace: a white shirt, an elegant blazer, well cut trousers, a dress that flatters everyone, and the perfect tote. Items are now available in stores, online and in Smart Works Dressing Rooms across the U.K., and are offered in a range of different price points, sizes, and colours.

Meghan, who became the patron of Smart Works in January, went on to explain that she was inspired with idea for the line after discovering donations to the charity weren’t always the right choices or sizes.

And Kate Stephens, chief executive officer of Smart Works, is thrilled with the final result.

“We are incredibly grateful to the brands involved for making this possible. Every woman who walks through our door will know that another woman cares about her and has invested in her future,” she commented.

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Cindy Crawford and Linda Evangelista lead tributes to Peter Lindbergh

Supermodels Cindy Crawford and Linda Evangelista have led tributes to the late Peter Lindbergh.The German photographer and film director, known for his portraits and cinematic images, passed away on Tuesday at the age of 74. His family did not announce…

Supermodels Cindy Crawford and Linda Evangelista have led tributes to the late Peter Lindbergh.

The German photographer and film director, known for his portraits and cinematic images, passed away on Tuesday at the age of 74. His family did not announce the cause of death but stated that he “leaves a big void”.

In light of the sad news, celebrities and fashion stars have flooded social media with tributes, with Crawford writing on Instagram, “When @therealpeterlindbergh shoots, it’s about the women. It’s not about the hair, make-up, or styling, really. He had a way of turning your imperfections into something unique and beautiful… and his images will always be timeless. You will be so missed Peter. I’m honoured to have known you and worked with you.”

While Evangelista simply posted, “Heartbroken. R.I.P. my Peet.”

Lindbergh garnered international acclaim in the late 1980s when he began photographing a new generation of models, including Evangelista, Crawford, Naomi Campbell, Tatjana Patitz, and Christy Turlington.

Other industry leaders to share their condolences include photographers Mario Testino, Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin, designers Peter Dundas, Alber Elbaz, and Victoria Beckham, as well as models Kaia Gerber, Adut Akech, Cara Delevingne, Karen Elson, Adriana Lima, Karlie Kloss, and Coco Rocha.

And as one of Lindbergh’s final works was photographing the September 2019 issue of British Vogue, titled Forces for Change, which was guest-edited by Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, a representative for the British royal posted a tribute on Instagram too.

“His work is revered globally for capturing the essence of a subject and promoting healthy ideals of beauty, eschewing Photoshopping, and preferring natural beauty with minimal make-up,” they wrote. “The Duchess of Sussex had worked with Peter in the past and personally chose him to shoot the 15 women on the cover for the September issue of British Vogue, which she guest edited. There is no other photographer she considered to bring this meaningful project to life… He will be deeply missed.”

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Adwoa Aboah: ‘Gurls Talk has transformed my life’

Adwoa Aboah’s work with her groundbreaking organisation Gurls Talk has completely transformed her life.The model first started Gurls Talk back in 2015 on Instagram, and it has since expanded into an online community which provides a safe space for youn…

Adwoa Aboah’s work with her groundbreaking organisation Gurls Talk has completely transformed her life.

The model first started Gurls Talk back in 2015 on Instagram, and it has since expanded into an online community which provides a safe space for young women to discuss mental health, sexuality, education, and gender identity.

Aboah discussed her advocacy for inclusivity and equality in September’s issue of British Vogue, which has been guest-edited by Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, and the 27-year-old shared that founding the online platform was a life-changing moment.

“Being an advocate has transformed my life. It’s so cheesy to say, but I really feel like this is what I was meant to do. My sensitivity, my co-dependency, all these things that were maybe sometimes looked at – or maybe I looked at – in a negative way are all things that I use for my advocacy… Gurls Talk has completely changed my life,” Aboah shared.

The website provides podcasts, seminars, conferences and online forums covering a variety of topics including sex, finances, gender, education and getting on the property ladder. It also has a safe space in which women can anonymously ask for help and get free legal advice.

Aboah also shared how she plans to expand Gurls Talk in the future and wants to introduce the online community in schools.

“I hope to do a school tour towards the end of the year. That’s where I’ve always wanted Gurls Talk to be. One day it would be great to have a centre. When I dream about it, it is a classroom filled with girls who have an hour a week to talk and be educated on all those things the curriculum doesn’t give you,” she told Vogue.

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Adut Akech eager to advocate for refugees

Adut Akech is keen to become an advocate for refugees around the world.The model, who was moved away from Kenya along with her mother to Adelaide, Australia as a South Sudanese refugee at the age of seven, made her runway debut in Saint Laurent’s sprin…

Adut Akech is keen to become an advocate for refugees around the world.

The model, who was moved away from Kenya along with her mother to Adelaide, Australia as a South Sudanese refugee at the age of seven, made her runway debut in Saint Laurent’s spring/summer 2017 show and has since gone on to walk for the likes of Chanel, Valentino, Givenchy, and Kenzo.

Akech has also been tapped to appear on the cover of the new Forces of Change issue of British Vogue magazine, guest-edited by Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, and in the accompanying editorial, she commented that she wants to use her platform to draw awareness to the plight of displaced people.

“I want to help people to understand that refugees are normal people, just like everybody else,” she insisted. “You don’t choose to be a refugee… You don’t wake up thinking, I’m going to be a refugee. The only difference between a refugee and someone who grew up in the Western world is that we were forced out of our own country, out of our homes, because of fear – not out of choice.”

Akech has already begun work with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), promoting causes to support refugees. Ultimately, she would like to be known for more than just her successful modelling career.

“I want to be known as someone who made a positive impact. It’s an honour to be used as an example of what diversity looks like (but) I want to be more involved with charities that are changing people’s lives,” the 19-year-old mused.

Elsewhere in the chat, Akech divulged that she has recently ticked off another one of her goals – she has purchased her mother a car and house.

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Meghan, Duchess of Sussex launching collection of workwear for charity

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex is launching a capsule collection of workwear to help disadvantaged women get back into employment. In the September 2019 issue of British Vogue magazine, which the actress-turned-royal guest-edited, the Duchess revealed she …

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex is launching a capsule collection of workwear to help disadvantaged women get back into employment.

In the September 2019 issue of British Vogue magazine, which the actress-turned-royal guest-edited, the Duchess revealed she was teaming up with executives of British high street retailers Marks & Spencer, John Lewis and Jigsaw and her fashion designer pal Misha Nonoo to create a line specialising in professional clothing which will benefit the organisation Smart Works.

The charity offers free work clothing and interview coaching for unemployed women, and each time a piece is brought from the collection, a “like for like” item will be donated to it.

“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,” the 37-year-old wrote in the magazine.

“To help with this, I asked Marks & Spencer, John Lewis & Partners, Jigsaw and my friends, the designer Misha Nonoo, if they were willing to design a capsule collection of more classic options for a workwear wardrobe.

“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 part of each other’s story, it reminds us we are in it together.”

At Smart Works, individuals receive a personalised styling session with a volunteer stylist as well as interview coaching. If a person lands the job, they can go back to the charity to receive up to five additional pieces of work-appropriate clothes.

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Duchess of Sussex wants to shift focus away from ‘superficial’ fashion with British Vogue issue

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex aimed to switch the focus from “superficial” fashion to deeper, more substantial content with her issue of British Vogue magazine. The British royal guest-edited the September 2019 issue of the fashion bible with the help of…

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex aimed to switch the focus from “superficial” fashion to deeper, more substantial content with her issue of British Vogue magazine.

The British royal guest-edited the September 2019 issue of the fashion bible with the help of editor-in-chief Edward Enninful, and in her letter to readers, the 37-year-old outlined her aims for the Forces for Change edition, revealing that she wanted to focus on internal beauty rather external, deeper issues rather than superficial fashion pieces, and feature designers talking about their heritage rather than their clothes.

“I had read a book many moons ago called The Four-Chambered Heart, by Anais Nin, which had a quote that has always resonated with me: ‘I must be a mermaid, Rango. I have no fear of depths and a great fear of shallow living,'” she wrote. “For this issue, I imagined, why would we swim in the shallow end of the pool when we could go to the deep end? A metaphor for life, as well as for this issue. Let’s be braver. Let’s go a bit deeper.

“That’s what Edward and I have aimed to achieve. An issue of both substance and levity. It is, after all, the September issue of British Vogue, and an opportunity to further diversify what that typically represents.”

Although she had control over many aspects of the magazine, such as which Commonwealth designers, ethical and sustainable brands were featured, the former actress did concede that there would still be adverts in the issue.

“There is one caveat for you to remember: this is a magazine. It’s still a business, after all,” Meghan stated. “I share that to manage expectations for you: there will be advertising sections that are requisite for every issue, so while I feel confident that you’ll feel my thumbprint on most pages, please know that there are elements that just come with the territory. The overall sentiment I hope you’ll find, however, will be one of positivity, kindness, humour and inclusivity.”

Meghan also ensured she displayed that “spirit of inclusivity” and diversity on the cover, which features 15 women including model and activist Adwoa Aboah, Christy Turlington, and actress Jane Fonda.

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Adut Akech surprised to learn of Duchess of Sussex’s involvement in Vogue issue

Adut Akech only found out Meghan, Duchess of Sussex had chosen her for British Vogue’s Forces for Change issue when she recently received a surprise call from the royal.The model, who was born in South Sudan and raised in Adelaide, Australia, appears o…

Adut Akech only found out Meghan, Duchess of Sussex had chosen her for British Vogue’s Forces for Change issue when she recently received a surprise call from the royal.

The model, who was born in South Sudan and raised in Adelaide, Australia, appears on the September 2019 issue of British Vogue alongside 14 other trailblazing women including Adwoa Aboah, Christy Turlington, and Jane Fonda.

The issue, entitled Forces for Change, was guest-edited by the actress-turned-royal, who began working with editor-in-chief Edward Enninful in January, but Akech had no idea she was involved in the cover until she received a phone call from the Duchess herself last week.

“Feeling so extremely honoured and proud to be on the September 2019 Issue cover of @britishvogue #forcesofchange along side the most inspirational women I know,” the 19-year-old wrote on Instagram. “A few nights ago I got one of the best surprise, a phone call from The Duchess of Sussex herself to tell me she was the guest-editor of this issue. She told me that she finds me and my story so inspiring and those words I will never forget for the rest of my life. The thought of being chosen by HRH The Duchess of Sussex @sussexroyal and @edward_enninful as one the fifteenth amazing women looked as the #Forcesofchange completely blows my mind!

“Thank you @edward_enninful… and your entire team at British Vogue for recognising me. What this moment means to me I can’t explain in words.”

The cover stars, also including actresses Yara Shadidi, Salma Hayek and Laverne Cox, were photographed by Peter Lindbergh in studios in London and New York, with the exception of Swedish activist Greta Thunberg and New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.

According to Lindbergh, the Duchess instructed him over the phone to show the women as their natural selves.

“My instructions from the Duchess were clear: ‘I want to see freckles!'” he said. “Well, that was like running through open doors for me. I love freckles.”

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Adwoa Aboah ‘honoured’ to be selected for British Vogue’s September issue cover

Adwoa Aboah feels “honoured” to have been named as a force for change by Meghan, Duchess of Sussex for the September 2019 issue of British Vogue. The British model appears alongside the likes of Adut Akech, Christy Turlington, Salma Hayek, and 16-year…

Adwoa Aboah feels “honoured” to have been named as a force for change by Meghan, Duchess of Sussex for the September 2019 issue of British Vogue.

The British model appears alongside the likes of Adut Akech, Christy Turlington, Salma Hayek, and 16-year-old activist Greta Thunberg on the cover of the publication’s Forces for Change issue, which was guest-edited by the royal.

Sharing the cover on Instagram, the 27-year-old told her followers being selected for her work with Gurls Talk, an online community she founded for young women to discuss issues like mental health and sex, is one of her biggest achievements so far.

“I can’t even begin to explain what an honour this is to have been featured alongside these inspirational womxn for @britishvogue’s September Issue (sic),” Aboah wrote. “To have been chosen by HRH The Duchess of Sussex @sussexroyal and @edward_enninful as one of 15 #forcesforchange because of all the work I do with @gurlstalk feels like one of the biggest achievements yet. Thank you to everyone who made it a possibility.”

Supermodel Turlington also shared the cover on Instagram and expressed her pride at being featured alongside the other trailblazing women.

“Grateful to have been selected to join these #forcesforchange for the September Issue of @britishvogue I am beyond proud to introduce the #ForcesForChange September 2019 issue of @BritishVogue, guest-edited by HRH The Duchess of Sussex,” she wrote in the caption.

The 15 women, which also include actresses Gemma Chan, Jameela Jamil, Laverne Cox, Jane Fonda, and Yara Shahidi, were photographed by Peter Lindbergh.

Editor-in-chief Edward Enninful unveiled the new cover on Sunday and revealed that Meghan declined to appear on it because she feared it would be a distraction.

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Edward Enninful: ‘Meghan, Duchess of Sussex declined to appear on new British Vogue cover’

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex declined to appear on the latest cover of British Vogue for fear of looking “boastful”.On Sunday, editor-in-chief Edward Enninful confirmed the British royal had been tapped to guest-edit the prestigious September 2019 issue o…

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex declined to appear on the latest cover of British Vogue for fear of looking “boastful”.

On Sunday, editor-in-chief Edward Enninful confirmed the British royal had been tapped to guest-edit the prestigious September 2019 issue of the fashion publication, entitled Forces for Change.

While the cover features the images of 15 trailblazing women, in an accompanying article, Enninful noted that Meghan decided not to take up the opportunity to front the cover, as she feared it would be a distraction.

“As you will see from her selections throughout this magazine, she is also willing to wade into more complex and nuanced areas, whether they concern female empowerment, mental health, race or privilege,” he wrote. “From the very beginning, we talked about the cover – whether she would be on it or not. In the end, she felt that it would be in some ways a ‘boastful’ thing to do for this particular project. She wanted, instead, to focus on the women she admires.”

Instead, the cover features a number of inspirational figures, including model and activist Adwoa Aboah, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, actresses Laverne Cox, Jane Fonda, and Salma Hayek, climate change campaigner Greta Thunberg, and model and activist Christy Turlington.

The 16th spot on the magazine’s cover is a mirror, which Meghan requested as she wanted the reader to be included alongside the incredible women.

Enninful and the former Suits star began working together in January, when the 37-year-old was pregnant with her and Prince Harry’s first child. Their son Archie was born in May.

The issue, which is released on 2 August, also features an exclusive interview between Meghan and former U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama.

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Stella McCartney encourages young people to buy second-hand clothing

Stella McCartney wants to encourage more young people to buy second-hand clothing.With a focus on using sustainable and vegan-friendly fabrics, the British designer has expanded her brand since launching in 2001 to include swimwear, footwear, children’…

Stella McCartney wants to encourage more young people to buy second-hand clothing.

With a focus on using sustainable and vegan-friendly fabrics, the British designer has expanded her brand since launching in 2001 to include swimwear, footwear, children’s clothes, and activewear.

Now, McCartney has shared that she is determined to pass on her ethos to the next generation and is a great advocate of scouring charity and vintage stores for great buys.

“I’ve grown up in a family that doesn’t chuck stuff away,” the 47-year-old, who is the daughter of Beatles legend Paul McCartney and late photographer Linda McCartney, reflected in a chat for Porter magazine. “And it sounds silly, but I didn’t have a huge amount of money as a kid. My mum and dad were really clever; I went to a comprehensive (school) and I wasn’t given a load of cash, so I would go to vintage and second-hand shops and markets to buy clothes. I think that’s kind of the future, and I would encourage kids to rent clothes and buy second-hand because you don’t have to always go for that quick fix. It’s way more exciting and cooler.”

McCartney, who confirmed she has signed a new deal with LVMH Moet Hennessy – Louis Vuitton, a year after departing rival conglomerate Kering, earlier this week, also spoke about some of her celebrity clients, such as Miranda Kerr, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex.

And she is certain the secret to her success is creating garments that fit well and give women confidence.

“I try everything on because the tiny details make all the difference. If a pant is sitting on my waist rather than my hips, I feel like a completely different woman; I hold myself completely differently if I’m wearing a heel or a sneaker. It all makes me feel like I tap into different parts of my personality and being a woman,” she added.

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