GRAND CENTER – On what normally would have been a sleepy summer Sunday at the Contemporary Art Museum at 3750 Washington Boulevard, it was anything but.
Inside, patterns, shapes, colors and textures were being exhibited to the museum’s latest slew of guests. This time however, it wasn’t creative, eclectic art on the wall that had patrons buzzing; it was Letitia Young’s latest collections of plus-size fashion from her brick and mortar, Honey’s Child Boutique.
In its third and biggest year yet, the Crazy Sexy Curves fashion show sold out with an unprecedented crowd. Eight collections made their debut.
Maui Bigelow, a writer, style influencer and boutique owner from Atlanta, hosted the event. She kept the crowd excited with her witty quips and energetic personality and joked about wanting to add pieces from the models onto her contract with My Honey’s Child for the night.
Attendees were encouraged to interact with the models after each collection was showcased, adding to the vibe of a living, breathing experience.
“This is how you should look and feel, ladies,” Maui said.
Crazy Sexy Curves showcased off-the-shoulder pieces, sheer tops and skirts and cheetah-print ensembles, as well an entire collection dedicated to tie-dye. The finale was filled with white pieces that ranged from ruffles and straight lines, to fringe and lace.
My Honey’s Child exclusively carries women’s sizes 12 and up. Founded in 2011 by Young, My Honey’s Child was born out of her love of fashion and style, and her research on plus-size fashion. According to the boutique’s website, fashion has always been a large part of Young’s life.
“My mom always took the time to show me how to put my clothes together, ensuring I flaunt my assets,” Young wrote on the boutique’s website.
In today’s fashion landscape, designers and stores are moving away from the long-accepted standard of beauty that featured size 2 and slimmer models. Diversity in fashion has become a movement, embracing women at sizes that are more realistic.
Model Paige Stemm said she saw the passion and influence Young had on not just herself, but women in St. Louis and beyond.
“Letitia is a pioneer,” she said. “She always puts on a great show and comes through with the pieces.”
Stemm has been a model for My Honey’s Child for three years and is one of the “Honey Bees,” a group of models who act as ambassadors for the brand.
“Every year, I get more comfortable,” Stemm said. “This year, the group of girls were amazing, especially with the amount of dedication they put into it.”
Immediately after the show, attendees raced to the lobby of CAM for My Honey’s Child’s pop-up event, where they could buy the clothing that was just presented on the runway. Pieces quickly disappeared from racks, marking another successful year for My Honey’s Child Boutique.
“I feel extremely full right now,” Letitia Young said after the show to a standing ovation.