The wait is over, and the highly anticipated arrival of Australian actress Rebel Wilson’s collaboration with plus-sized brand Torrid is finally here.
Rebel Wilson for Torrid Collection features a wide range of clothing, including sweatshirts, tee-shirts, dresses, skirts, beanies, faux leather pants and jogging bottoms. They are all emblazoned with quirky and bold designs, thought up by Rebel herself.
Expect to see pieces adorned with koalas (paying homage to her Aussie roots), featuring microphone zippers (a nod towards her stand-up routines) and accessories, including gangsta-style knuckle jewellery.
This is a limited edition collection that, unlike other celebrity collaborations, is surprisingly affordable. Accessories, such as rings, necklaces, hats and bags start from $16.50 and go up to $59.50, whereas the clothing range begins at $38.50 for a tee-shirt and ends at $98.50 for a faux leather jacket.
Rebel spoke to Refinery29.com about how the collaboration with Torrid came to fruition:
“I really felt that Torrid was the coolest of the plus-size brands, which might not have been a hard title for them to get, because plus-size brands have notoriously been kind of like something your older aunt would wear to a wedding.”
Rebel explained that in Australia despite over 60% of the population wearing plus-sized clothing, there are very few designers in the country catering for this demographic. In particular, the younger sector of the plus-sized population are woefully under-looked.
“So my collection is deliberately youthful — not that you have to be that young to wear it, but you have to have a youthful energy.”
Rebel describes how she was fully prepared when she walked into the Torrid design studio, as she came in with huge vision boards that captured her style ideas:
“I actually have a real gangsta side. I love the music — the faux-leather pants [we made] has almost a bit of Hunger Games, bad-ass-action-girl thing going on. And then I have a very quirky side from the all-girls private school I went to — like sometimes I wear stupid fucking ribbons in my hair and shit because I had that growing up. So I think I have these weird different elements.”
The result ended up in 39 different pieces in darker hues that complement the fall and winter season.
Rebel is already working on spring and summer and has something completely different planned:
“The next collection comes out in February, and it’s got a totally different color palette. It’s all denims and whites, and there’s patches, and it’s very different than what’s here today. But because I feel like, as I’m an actress, I’ve played different characters, and I like exploring different moods and different feelings. That’s what these little collections will be.”
Rebel decided to launch her plus-sized women’s clothing collection because she felt there was little choice in her homeland for young girls and women who wanted to look trendy and cool. So does she think that other countries have a better track record when it comes to plus-sized women?
“Definitely not Germany! [Laughs] Because when I recently did press in Germany, their first question was ‘When are you going on ze diet?’ when I was on a German radio station recently. And I was like, ‘I’m not!”
She believes that you can be happy and healthy and plus-sized and she certainly does not want to encourage unhealthy behaviour in other people.
“You can be overweight for various reasons — mine’s probably emotional eating, but I’m not going to give myself a hard time. I just want to wear clothes and feel cool and fashionable, and there wasn’t a lot out there. I feel like this collaboration helps an underserved market, which of course, is good business strategy, as well.”
Rebel Wilson for Torrid is available to buy online now at Torrid.com/rebel