We love Beth Ditto. We love her when she’s totally naked. We have loved her since she was first totally naked. And we love her when she’s wearing clothes, too. One of my favorite quotes, to this day, is from her interview in BUST–”This is the number one thing: just because something makes you look thinner, that doesnâ€™t mean itâ€™s a good outfit.” Beth Ditto dresses like a rock star, is covered in sequins and glitter and general all-around awesomeness, and she knows from good outfits.Â She is a gorgeous, crazy bird of paradise, and when we heard last year that that she was coming out with her own line of plus size clothing, there was rejoicing in the land. Because dude, who doesn’t want to be Beth Ditto when they grow up?
The clothing line is finally out, and Fab Sugar’s got a preview of the collection. And my first, gut, basic reaction is that as a fashion designer, Beth Ditto is a very good singer.
I want to love this collection. I want to love the sparkles and the craziness and fun, but–WHAT IS GOING ON HERE? And WHY DOES THIS DRESS HAVE AN ELASTICIZED HEM? And for the love of god, just…WHY? This dress, though? Freaking hot. Though I’m not sure that anyone but Beth Ditto could pull it off with the matching leggings.
So. For me, a little disappointing. Especially that goddamn jumpsuit which just bites off the current weird, awful trend and–does nothing with it except make it plus size. What it boils down to for me is that I can’t actually imagine Beth Ditto wearing most of these, I think. I’m disappointed, too, because this is a high-profile plus-size collection, and I want it to be spectacular and perfect and garner nothing but positive attention, and I don’t think this will.
This is, however, just a tiny preview–it is possible that the full collection has more fabulous sequins and colors, that it is more imaginative, and fun, and lovely, and all around fabulously Beth Ditto.
What do you guys think? How did she do? Would you buy her clothes? Would you wear them? Are you disappointed, or am I crazy and should be totally enthused?
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