The best fashion collaborations are ones that come naturally, from a place of authenticity. Which is exactly why you'll find activewear line Live the Process's latest partnership to be not just super chic, but seriously inspiring too. The brand teamed up with UK-born DJ Chelsea Leyland to create a bodysuit in support of Epilepsy Society. "I am now using something I have struggled with throughout my life to empower not only myself but also hopefully others who have their own struggles with this condition,” Chelsea said.
Chelsea opened up more about the inspiration behind the collaboration in an exclusive interview via email, talking about her family history with epilepsy, as well as how yoga came to help her manage her own struggle with the disorder. Read on to see what she had to say, and to shop the bodysuit, which is available exclusively through Farfetch.
WHO WHAT WEAR: Why activewear and specifically a bodysuit?
CHELSEA LEYLAND: We chose activewear to go alongside the fact that it’s a yoga practice, so it made sense, and I’d say that it really all relates back to the fact that I wanted to raise awareness and create something that felt a little different to your average philanthropic project. Yoga has really been something that’s been a tool and a practice that has helped my epilepsy and the struggles that it has brought to my life. Through doing a lot of yoga and meditation, hand in hand, this really has inspired me or put me on to this path.
WWW: Can you talk about the embroidered phrase? What does it mean to you?
CL: Thanks to my amazing friend Zoë Buckman (I'm lucky enough to call her a friend, but she’s an incredibly inspiring woman, talented artist, and fellow Brit!), we created this embroidery. We wanted to come up with something that didn’t feel literal, but felt almost poetic in its nature. First of all, it’s a mind’s eye, which is about looking inwards, and that for me is a lot of what yoga and mediation is about; it’s that ability to look within, to reverse it and look back within yourself, which I hope everyone can relate to. For the quote, we were inspired by Tennessee Williams and ‘For nowadays the world is lit by lightening,’ we wanted something that people could interpret differently, and for me what that means is that sometimes we take the struggle, something that’s perhaps perceived as dark, but we can use those weaknesses and those struggles to empower us, to light the world. That struggle could be anything; for me it's epilepsy.
WWW: Why is this project important to you?
CL: This project is important to me because it's a cause that is so close to my heart; I wanted to be able to use my voice and my platform to do something good. My sister also has epilepsy and so this is something that has really been a part of our lives for a long time—long before I was diagnosed at 15. When I was growing up, my sister was very sick and a big part of the work I am starting to do now is for her but is also for everyone who suffers from this disorder. I spent years in silence not telling anyone I struggled with epilepsy so to now be doing something so tremendous like this with the support of Farfetch, it’s pretty huge for me.
WWW: What are your favorite ways to style athleisure looks?
CL: I tend to keep it quite simple, so if I was wearing the bodysuit to yoga I’m gonna probably wear that with sneakers—really simple and basic and just throw my jacket over that. I’m all about keeping activewear simple and minimalistic. But then another kind of fun way is I would totally wear that to a music festival, with big chunky boots, wellington boots or biker boots, and rock that to a music festival, because if you wear a unitard to a festival it’s the best thing to dance in.
Proceeds from the purchase of the collaborative bodysuit go to Epilepsy Society.
The back embroidery detail was created by artist Zoë Buckman.
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