On Wednesday afternoon, The Duchess of Sussex shared a behind-the-scenes sneak peek from a photo shoot for the upcoming Smart Works collaborative capsule collection on @SussexRoyal Instagram Stories.
Part one of the video below shows Meghan surprising participants as they arrive at a location in London.
Most may recognize the catchy R&B song in the video, it’s Billy Withers’ 1977 hit, ‘Lovely Day’.
In the September issue of British Vogue, Meghan wrote a piece about Smart Works revealing that she was partnering with British retailers Marks & Spencer, John Lewis, Jigsaw and designer Misha Nonoo, a personal friend, to design a capsule collection for a work-wear wardrobe. The collection will “help equip the women of Smart Works with the key work-wear essentials they need as they enter into the workplace.” For each item purchased at one of the four retailers, another will be donated to the charity.
As participants arrived, Meghan surprised each one while the photographer captured the happy moment.
Expressions of shock on the women’s faces as they came up the stairs to find the Duchess waiting to greet them.
Below, Meghan jumped into action during the shoot making a slight adjustment to a black dress by adding a belt.
From the few glimpses we could see of the piece, it appears to be a black dress with a split-v neckline and 3/4 sleeves which may be ruched or possibly have a loose cuff.
Below Meghan and the photographer appear to be looking over some of the pieces on the women. One piece looks like it could be either a blazer or jacket worn with a skirt in black.
We also spotted a cognac tote bag, similar to the Everlane tote that Meghan has, in one shot.
As Meghan waits for another model to come from wardrobe, we spotted a few more tote bags sitting on the floor in black and burgundy, similar in style to the one above.
A closer look at the cognac, black and burgundy tote bags.
The team reviews the results of the photo shoot.
A peek at the monitor shows one model in a white blouse or button-down shirt worn with what could be trousers in black.
Perhaps something similar to the Misha Nonoo ‘Husband” shirt, $185 that Meghan made famous when she wore it while making her appearance with Harry at the Invictus Games Toronto, September 2017.
Like Meghan, we’re just as excited and really looking forward to the launch of this collection!
Meghan wore a shirt from Frank & Eileen in the video. The style is the Eileen in Sky Blue with White Stripe, Italian Modal, $228.
Meghan’s shirt is confirmed to be by London based, With Nothing Underneath. It is the brand’s Linen Sky Blue & White stripe, £85 ($103). The shirt is currently available for pre-order and ships worldwide including the US. (NOTE: We are awaiting updated information from the brand on restock dates.)
The shirt is described as loose fitting and inspired by classic menswear styles but adjusted for women.
The brand was launched in 2017 by former British Vogue stylist and Tatler Editor, Pip Durell.
More from the With Nothing Underneath site —
WNU was created to make the perfect everyday boyfriend shirt. Designed in London, inspired by men’s tailoring adjusted for women; WNU offers an affordable boyfriend shirt – a casual luxury with scrupulous detail using the highest quality materials.”
Thanks to @Carolinepparr for the early morning tip about the shirt!
We’re thinking Meghan might be wearing repeat jewelry pieces — Wwake 14k Three Stone Cuff Bracelet, $807.00, Pippa Small, 22k Goddess Durga Round Ring, $1,190 and two other gold rings, one might be her Pippa Small, 18-karat gold Herkimer diamond ring, $1,185 and the other is very hard to determine from the images.
Meghan was also wearing her Staurt Weitzman ‘Legend’ pumps in Haze Beige, $375. An alternate style is the Leigh, $398, available in all sizes on Stuart Weitman.
Meghan’s jeans look similar to this pair from Mother denim, The Looker skinny in Grand Sophie, $220.
Once more photos from behinds the scenes are released we’ll be able to take a closer look at some details of Meghan’s jeans an jewelry.
We’ll leave you with the second part of the video from @SussexRoyal Instagram stories below.
Be sure to check back for updates!