Duchess Meghan wears all female designers at London school visit for International Women's Day

By Heather Cichowski

Duchess Meghan is a champion of girls' and women's causes. In honour of International Women's Day, the former actress paid a surprise visit to Robert Clack Upper School in Dagenham on March 6. She spoke to students about the importance of the day and highlighted its significance by wearing all female fashion designers.

The mom of one look simply chic in a monochromatic ensemble featuring a cream ME+EM bouclé blazer with buttons and fringing. The label was founded by Clare Hornby in 2009. It strives to offer the highest quality garments at affordable prices so all of the work in done in-house. The brand says on its website that it is the first luxury label in the UK to disrupt the market in such a fashion.

The duchess looked elegant in cream, white and black. Photo: © Ben Stansall-WPA Pool/Getty Images

The Duchess of Sussex paired the jacket with a simple white knit top and cropped black tailored trousers. Two-tone Jennifer Chamandi Lorenzo 85 suede pumps and a trendy cream knotted bag by Rejina Pyo finished the look.

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Jennifer Chamandi is London-based brand that was started by Jennifer Chamandi Boghossian after she left her role as a senior banker to pursue her childhood dream designing shoes. She trained London’s Cordwainers College and Central Saint Martins then launched her label.

A new addition to her wardrobe! Meghan was given a jacket from the senior debate squad during her visit to Robert Clack Upper School. Photo: © Ben Stansall-WPA Pool/Getty Images

Rejina Pyo is an eponymous fashion brand based in London. The South Korean fashion designer strives to create modern, wearable, high quality pieces that customers will want to treasure. The label has a focus on sustainability, including across its packaging, materials and processes, and strives to ensure the welfare of its workers.

The duchess also showed her support for emerging female designers as she and Prince Harry attended the Mountbatten Festival of Music in London on March 7.

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She was radiant in a head-to-toe red ensemble comprised of a sophisticated short-sleeved gown by Safiyaa. The London-based label was founded by Daniela Karnuts and named after her daughter. Meghan complemented the dress with burgundy floral earrings by Simone Rocha.

Red is definitely their colour! Photo: © SIMON DAWSON/POOL/AFP via Getty Images

Meghan also accessorized with a red Manolo Blahnik clutch with a jewelled closure and red Aquazzura heels.

Both Meghan and Duchess Kate are very influential with their fashion choices and make carefully considered, chic picks. Their support for fashion designers can be tremendously influential so in honour of International Women's Day we spoke with female fashion designers whose businesses have been positively impacted thanks to the support of the duchesses.

Harry and Meghan's final official joint outing as senior members of the Royal Family is scheduled for March 9. They will attend Commonwealth Day services with the Queen, Prince Charles, Duchess Camilla, Prince William and Duchess Kate. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will officially step down from their duties on March 31.

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