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.
“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
Azzedine Alaïa's “I-did-it-my-way” ethos stood out starkly at a time when brands are experimenting with consumer-facing fashion shows, coed formats and trans-seasonal collections – anything to perk up lackluster sales of ready-to-wear in an age of Insta-everything. “It’s not creation anymore. This becomes a purely industrial approach,” the late designer told WWD in an interview last year. “But anyway, the rhythm of collections is so stupid. It’s unsustainable. There are too many collections.” Read more about the iconic designer’s life and work on wwd.com, link in bio. #wwdfashion #azzedinealaia (📷: @WWD Archive, 1986) #alaia
Sneaker reselling app @goat’s latest exhibit, "The Greatest: New York," tells the story of New York's sneaker culture. To celebrate the exhibit, an intimate crowd gathered on Thursday night at the pop-up gallery space, located at Platform in Culver City, to hear guest speaker and illustrator @esymai talk about her own rise in streetwear and women in the business. "For me I'm just someone who is creative. I like to create things," said Chang. #wwdfashion
Azzedine Alaïa, one of the most iconic couturiers of the modern era whose body-con designs defined Eighties fashion, has died in Paris. The diminutive Tunisian-born designer, known for his structured knitted dresses with fitted waists and impeccably cut, figure-hugging second skin silhouettes was deeply admired by his peers, and counted supermodel Naomi Campbell - his adoptive daughter - among his inner circle, one of a gang of glamazons including Farida Khelfa, Carla Bruni and Stephanie Seymour who became ambassadors of his style. (📷: Alexandre Guirkinger) #wwdblast