Her plus-size figure was the target of less-than-sweet Twitter postings by fashion editors, but singer Beth Ditto, who attended more Paris shows than most, confirmed her status as a fashion curiosity this season with bags of personality and talent to boot. “You came to Paris looking for the chic and the beautiful and I think we’ve managed to supply the opposite,” Ditto crowed as she led her punk rock band, The Gossip, through a wild performance for 700 guests at Fendi’s end-of-week party, at one point diving into a crowd that included Kate Moss and Jamie Hince, Alexa Chung, Mélanie Laurent and Coco Rocha. Ignored by photographers when she first turned up at Nina Ricci, by the end of the Paris collections, the singer— who donned an array of look-at-me outfits and was photographed alongside everyone from Karl Lagerfeld to Sir Paul McCartney— was being touted as the one-woman solution to turning the fashion industry’s conventional dictum of “thin is beautiful” on its head. “Could Beth Ditto be the woman to make fat fashionable?” asked a headline in the British tabloid The Daily Mirror, while The Times offered its readers advice on how to “get the Beth Ditto-in-a-bandage-dress look.”
Performing for Fendi, Ditto stripped down from a custom-made sequin black dress to reveal matching underwear. “She is the epitome of beauty,” enthused Lagerfeld, not generally known to champion women with curves. “I love the way she bares all,” cooed Leigh Lezark of The Misshapes, recalling a New York gig where Ditto stripped down to her undies to sing. “You’re so big and beautiful,” Alexander McQueen’s muse Annabelle Neilson marveled when she posed with Ditto at McQueen’s show. Away from the front row, Ditto has another fashion foray in the works: an Eighties-inspired line for the Arcadia-owned plus-size retailer Evans, due out in the U.K. this summer. “It’s something I’ve wanted to do my whole life, to make clothes for bigger people, for fat girls. We deserve it—we get enough s--t,” Ditto declared.
@kith is moving into children’s. The men’s and women’s streetwear brand has launched Kidset, a Kith kids line located in New York at 64 Bleecker Street. The line includes mini versions of staple Kith pieces like the Astor bomber jacket and the Kith box logo sweatshirts, along with a wall that can display up to 120 pairs of shoes from @adidas, @newbalance, @timberland and more. #wwdfashion
“I just wanted to create this fully rounded character, but I do think what excited me most was just the opportunity to give a group of people representation that I feel needs it. I like to do characters in projects that stand for something and Karolina definitely does, so that was really exciting to me,” @ginnygardner says of her new role in @hulu’s “The Runaways.” Gardner plays Karolina Dean, a queer superhero, which is a rarity for @marvel. Read more about Gardner’s character on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @dandoperalski)
@heriethpaul and @gracebol have a moment on the @victoriassecret fashion show 2017. See every look from the runway on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: @giovanni_giannoni_photo) #wwdfashion #victoriassecret #VSFashionShow
“Azzedine has been one of the biggest influences in my life. He has always been such a strong, loving, fatherly figure to me. I call him Papa. His designs are indescribably unique, they are pieces of art. He knew how to make the female form look its loveliest. I have so many memories of him; my favorite might be during my first show with him in Paris. He liked me and he wanted to help me get more work. He called all his friends at Kenzo and Comme des Garcons, and asked them to book me. They said, ‘But she can’t walk!’ And he said, ‘but she has such a great ass!' His friendship and support has been the great privilege of my career. I can't imagine life without him. Repose en paix mon Papa.” - @stephanieseymour tells @wwd. #wwdfashion (📷: @steveeichner) #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa, flanked by two of his closest friends, models Stephanie Seymour and Naomi Campbell.
He designed Seymour’s dress for her 1995 wedding to Peter Brant, and treated Campbell (who famously called him Papa), like a daughter. For more on the legendary designer, tap the link in bio. #wwdfashion #alaia #azzedinealaia