Designer Ashley Tipton made Project Runway history with her recent Season 14 win. The Lifetime show has been on air for over a decade, yet Tipton was the first to introduce a plus-sized fashion line to the competition. Luckily, the talented designer continues to make her mark in the fashion world with her recent collaboration with JCPenney. She will act as the brand ambassador for plus size brand Boutique+, and her whimsical designs are scheduled to hit the stores this May.
The highly anticipated clothing line will be affordable—all items range between $12.99 and $60. And Tipton herself will model for the line, as seen above in this Instagram post where she's wearing a gorgeous pleated skirt paired with a vibrant moto jacket. We can't wait to see similar pieces debut in her new collection. JCPenney is also launching an in-store shop that will be called "The Boutique", scheduled to open this fall, which will include Tipton's pieces.
"Once you feel good you look good... that projects to everyone," she told USA Today in an exclusive interview. Her designs will be available in sizes 0X-4X, and she promises her clothes will offer a variety and fit that is incomparable to anything that is currently on the market for full-figured women.
"A lot of my inspiration is what straight size women wear—why is there a disconnect between what they can wear and what we can wear?" she says, adding that she doesn't mind using the world plus to describe her brand. "I don't care what name you use, my job is to design clothing that is not out there for us".
Here are some trendy ensembles featured in her new collection.