Wednesday, 17 June 2015

~ The #CurvesReign Collection for Chubby Cartwheels ~

When the talented and amazing Shawna, the genius behind Chubby Cartwheels, asked me to collaborate with her for a #CurvesReign (my Instagram hashtag, for those of you who aren't familiar) I was completely delighted and jumped at the opportunity. Me? Help design clothing? This is only my absolute dream come true!

Because she wanted the collection to be inspired by my style, creating pieces that reflected what I love in fashion was extremely important. So that means something a little whimsical, a little goth, and really girly.

We decided to do a line that included a graphic "Curves Reign" tee, a cotton skater skirt, and a cotton skater dress in a pastel pink we named the "Antoinette Dress" (inspired by my personal love for famous queens). These pieces were things Shawna had already previously designed, we just tweaked the fabrics and the colour options.

But the pièce de résistance was the Boleyn Dress. I had been seeing high necked, long-sleeved maxi dresses coming off the runways lately, and the more I thought about it, the more I realized that I rarely saw anything of that design available in plus sizes. Because Shawna is a beast when it comes to mesh bodysuits, I thought that we could take her mesh-magic a step further, and create a plus size mesh maxi dress. 

After the collection was finished, I flew from my Canadian home to the absolutely magical place that is Portland, OR. I procured myself some absolutely beautiful crowns (for a queen) hand-made from leather, and Shawna found some leather suspenders to add a little "edge" to the outfits, and Shawna had in mind the most perfect location for the shoot.

The end result was complete and utter *magic*. Not only did I look like a queen, but I felt like one, too. After all, the hashtag #curvesreign expresses a sense of feeling strong, confident, and beautiful in your curves/body, and ruling your life like a QUEEN, baby!

You can still find most of these pieces at Chubby Cartwheels, although if you want a Boleyn Dress for yourself, you have to act fast as they sell out profoundly quickly.

Kisses, my fellow Queens! Always remember that your #curvesreign!