As Beth Ditto discusses her back plus-size fashion collection, it’s fair to say it is not a typical designer-to-press be faced with. When it comes to a dress covered in a print of drops of red, she cackles with joyousness when I ask if it’s blood: “It’s meant to be nail varnish but it looks want blood – period blood!” The conversation is littered with less-than-orthodox dernier cri tips. “Go to thrift stores at Halloween. They put all the good hogwash at the front because they think people will get to costumes with it,” she says. “I got a great muumuu recently. That’s a new possession for me – a muumuu and knee socks.”
Beth Ditto the name is for plus-size women like her, but those who might not always appetite to rock the kind of look found in a thrift store. It articles wide, wafty numbers as well as structured designs, such as the bestselling Lola decorate (below). Prints are big, including that nail varnish one, and another of eyelashes. Talking of chit-chat, here is what we found out in 10 minutes in Ditto’s quite delightful company.
She likes the word ‘fat’
“People probably won’t like that, but I do. I much be inclined it to ‘curvy’. I’m not a road, I’m a human. I think plus-size is fine too. At the end of the day, it doesn’t quite matter because what matters is that we’re in a process of alteration.
She is reclaiming the word ‘flattering’
People contemplate it means slimming, but it doesn’t. I’m putting it out there that subjects that make you look bigger are cool, like Missy Elliot in the overlay. No one should be afraid to take up space.
Meeting Kate Moss was a news
I was so down on modelling before I met any models, which was sexism, absolutely. She taught me so much; she taught me how to stand. She has this attitude that is so ruffian rock – she doesn’t care.
She thinks deeply about emojis
I use the smiley face with the hearts for eyes as my emoji. I over recall the cat with heart eyes isn’t serious enough. My mom’s favourite emoji is the frog, solely because she likes frogs.
She’s in on the crop-top trend – sort of
The hold out piece of clothing I bought was a crop top from Forever 21. I’m not in fact a crop-top person, but I thought it would look cool subsumed under something. Now I need to find the thing to put over it.