By Jill Brooke
If there is no rain, there would be no flowers.
For centuries, many believed that the chrysanthemum held special properties because its petals were used in teas to diminish stress and anxiety. Components of lavender are also used in valium but the flowers don’t give you the side effects.
As we know, flowers soothe and comfort whether they are live blooms placed in a vase or used as a design motif in fashion.
Which is why we want to give a shout-out to Tallulah Willis who has started a fashion line called Wyllis.
As reported in the New York Post by Elana Fishman, mental health is a core aspect of the collection.
Talullah – who is the daughter of actors Demi Moore and Bruce Willis -has struggled with sobriety, mental health and body dysmorphia.
However, one of the ways she found joy to manage the ups and downs was using fashion as living art.
“On some of my lowest days, I would see the impact that putting thought into my outfit would bring,” Tallulah told the Post.
“Even if it was a cozy day, having that specific sweatpant or special slipper just elevated my mood ever so slightly. If I could bring myself to push past the desire to just ruminate in my pain and throw on a ‘look,’ I felt more protected going out in the world.”
Her designs have hangtags that are printed with information on the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and the National Alliance on Mental Illness Helpline. They also have encouraging missives such as “Laugh With Me Buddy” and “Nothing LIke Feeling Super Vulnerable.”
Also, 10 percent of Wyllis’ proceeds will benefit the Loveland Foundation which provides free therapy to communities of color.
Not surprisingly, there are several items that have flower motifs ranging from shoes to shirts.
“I want my brand to be synonymous with safety, with awareness, with sensitivity, with kindness,” Tallulah Willis told People Magazine.
We also like how the sizes are inclusive in every way. From small to 3x since everyone can and should feel beautiful and safe. And just like flowers come in all shapes and sizes, so can a fashion line designed to boost your spirits and perspective.
Jill Brooke is a former CNN correspondent, Post columnist and editor-in-chief of Avenue and Travel Savvy magazine. She is an author and the editorial director of FPD.