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Beth Ditto: “Helped, but Not Redrawn”


Katie Grand threw a Valentine’s Day Love shopping party at London’s Dover Street Market on Saturday, but only an hour into the event was forced to admit, “There’s not much left, we sold most of it this morning.” To soft-launch her new biannual title for Condé Nast (officially out Thursday), Grand asked her posse of designer mates to concoct one-offs: a miniature chest of drawers of days of the week panties from Stella McCartney, heart hair bobbles and a canvas shopper by Katie Hillier, Luella T-shirts, printed bed linen from Giles for Swarovski, and a napa leather pillow by Stuart Vevers printed “I Loewe You.” Still, if the product was thin on the ground, there were advance copies of Grand’s new opus—with a naked Beth Ditto on the cover—for the London fashion crowd to devour along with the cupcakes and pink Champagne. Issues were inspected by Giles Deacon, Roland Mouret, Henry Holland, Bella Freud, and an assorted contingent of fellow escapees sprung from pre-London fashion week preparations for a couple of hours. So, what’s the difference between Love and Grand’s former mag, Pop? “Well when I started thinking about this issue, I wanted to do something that wasn’t so retouched,” she said. “That’s gotten so out of control recently, and I was very bored of seeing images that are not photographs of people anymore but kind of sketches of them. Pop was very glossy and did represent that, but Beth agreed when I asked Mert and Marcus to shoot her without so much retouching.” But how much? “Well, she’s only retouched in the Avedon way—helped, but not redrawn.”

Photo: Mandi Lennard

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