On Wednesday, the 38-year-old Duchess of Sussex took to her Instagram Stories to share some behind-the-scenes footage of a photoshoot for the line. “Sneak peek at the new Smart Works charity capsule collection shoot, ahead of the autumn launch,” Markle captioned the first clip, adding, “An initiative supporting the Smart Works collective which will equip women entering the work force with the key work wear essentials they need…coming soon.”
In the video, set to Bill Withers’ 1977 hit “Lovely Day,” the royal greets a handful of women as they arrive for the shoot, wearing what appear to be looks from the line. A number of classic black dresses are visible, as is a cranberry-colored sleeveless shift worn over a black long-sleeved top and classic leather tote bags in black and camel.
Markle herself can be seen directing and helping style the shoot, clad in a striped button-up by Frank & Eileen ($228), skinny jeans and nude pumps.
In the September issue of British Vogue, which she guest-edited, the duchess explained the inspiration behind her latest stylish venture. “When you walk into a Smart Works space, you’re met with racks of clothing and an array of bags and shoes,” she wrote. “Sometimes, however, it can be a potpourri of mismatched sizes and colours, not always the right stylistic choices or range of sizes.”
Continued Markle: “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.”