This week our #CurvesdayThursday kicks off with a couple of brands that you and your body need to know about, before inviting you to join in with some super stylish events to promote beauty of all shapes and sizes…
Best Big Brand: Demestik by Reuben Reuel
What can’t we say about this #beaut of a brand? NY-based Demestik, which is fast becoming a fashion favourite within the Afro-Caribbean world and beyond, is a brand which every curvy woman should want their wardrobe. With structured waists, bold prints, pop colours and flowing finishes, this brilliant label embraces the feminine form at its finest, and is available in sizes 6 to 32.
Designer Reuben Reuel says he lives by the motto “Live to create, create to live” and we at SPICE can see he means it. Also, with all the pieces completely handmade, there’s good reason to invest in one, though it might be difficult to choose something, as we’re really spoilt for choice.
If we had to narrow it down, we’d opt for the “Kait” skirt, which edges out the competition with its sculpted pencil shape and peplum top, promising to add extra oomph to the hips.
See it below and then shop the range, here.
Curvy News: Dove and Selfridges Launch “The Beauty Project”
Widening the scope for what’s considered beautiful, cosmetics brand Dove are out to make us look and feel great in our skin (whatever shade or size they are) and, in a brilliant new initiative in partnership with Selfridges, they’ve launched a brand new campaign – one packed with one-of-a-kind experiences and unbeatable beauty exclusives.
With numerous brands participating in the project, aimed to celebrate all varieties of beauty and break down stereotypical barriers about what defines it, there’s a whole heap of ranges to shop and beauty-filled events to get involved with.
Take a look at our pick of the best to seek out (from a talk with MAC to a signature scent experience), plus some pictures from the press day we attended, below;
Debate: Is Beauty a State of Mind?
Friday 9th May, 6.30pm – 7.30pm, FREE
Is beauty a state of mind? That’s the question at the heart of a social experiment by Dove. Join this debate to share your own views on whether beauty is a state of mind.
Discussion: MAC on Global Beauty
Friday 16th May, 6pm – 7pm, £15
Five M·A·C directors of makeup artistry from the European, Afro-Carribean and Pan-Asian markets join Harper’s Bazaar beauty director Sophie Bloomfield to explore new definitions of beauty.
Debate: Should Airbrushing Be Banned?
Friday 23rd May, 6.30pm – 7.30pm, FREE
A debate that looks at the controversial and prevalent issue of airbrushing within the media today. With panellists who have spent time both in front of and behind the camera this discussion will be asking; why is the media still creating unrealistic images of women?
Debate: Intelligence Squared’s Untangling the Politics of Black Hair
Friday 16th May, 6.30pm-8pm, £15
Debate chaired by journalist, author and curator Hannah Pool, focusing on perceptions of beauty in a multicultural society. The panel includes writer and commentator Emma Dabiri, award-winning hair and makeup artist Editi Udofot and Diane Abbott, the first black woman ever elected to British Parliament.
Experience: The Fragrance Lab
1st May – 27th June, £65 bookable here.
Enter a one-of-a-kind profiling experience and leave with your own signature scent that represents the essence of who you are.
Shopping: Selfridges’ Exclusives
If you aren’t in London to make any of The Beauty Project’s events, you can still get involved by shopping Selfridges’ exclusive launches for the campaign here, which includes the Proenza Schouler collection for MAC.
Curvy Pick of the Week: DearCurves’ “Ladun” Dress
Suddenly, #CurvesdayThursday just got a little hotter! DearCurves – a cool curvy brand featured in Vogue Italia and brainchild of plus size model Linda Idegwu – is the made-in-Africa go-to for shapely women, and this dress is for the most daring of them all.
Its Ankara peek-a-boo strips give this LBD lashings of colour and edge, with the stretch fabric being curve-friendly and ready to hold onto even the most voluptuous of hips.
Grab ahold of yours for £35, here.
Written by Sarah Bamidele
Image source: Selfridges.com, Etsy.com, Dearcurves.com