Style: Maternity Design
In my last post, I mentioned I took somewhat of a babymoon trip to Europe. After unsuccessfully scouring the internet to find clothes that fit the bump, I said FUCK it. This was the excuse I needed to get back to designing, something I’d shelved, I was excited to get my creative juices flowing. Rethinking how I was use to dressing myself was probably the hardest part, I’m very particular. Maternity design is a lot different than the designing I’ve done in the past. But I was up for the challenge.
I started at local fabric stores to get a feel of their selections, I needed fabrics that were in stock because I was running low on time, aka I’m the last minute queen! After I had a pretty good idea of how I wanted to mix and match things, it was back to the internet. Firmly deciding shopping was out, I searched everything from maternity style to some of my favorite designers and came up with the concept for my pieces. I knew I wanted at least 4 custom looks, none of them were visually the same, but I appreciated that all of them had slightly different silhouettes. Maternity clothes sold in stores are so shapeless and uninteresting. So to celebrate the body I was sculpting in the gym every week, I wasn't about to design potato sacks.
It’s something beautiful about women who flaunt their pregnancies, to each his own I say, show it off!!! Anyway, this piece in particular, was all about structure. It can actually be worn as a jacket, top (the zipper unzips upwards, so it’s perfect if you wanna throw on pants), or a dress. Which means it’s versatile! Nothing like getting more bang for your buck. It’s made of extremely comfortable quilted cotton and out of all the pieces I designed is probably my favorite.
I wore this running around Paris an entire day without any fuss. So overall I’m pretty pleased with how it turned out. I re-shot this look in DC, although you don’t get the Paris feels in these images, there are a few Paris shots on my Instagram. Now that I have the design itch again, I decided to pick up where I left off with my kids line. I doubt I’ll do women’s designing for anyone other than myself. Working on staying focused on a few things or nothing will get done at all!!
So in the coming months, fingers crossed and prayers to Jesus, I’ll start releasing small runs of my kids line. It’s not quite ready and I don’t want to introduce it on social platforms just yet, but it’s definitely coming in 2017!!!
Not all things need to be new in the new year. It’s totally acceptable to dust off an old idea and give it new life. I’m personally excited about all the great design projects to come.
Photography by Ksenia