13 posts tagged "Beth Ditto"
I’m a big believer in first impressions, which is probably why I’m so excited about Saloni Lodha and her Saloni collection’s big debut here in New York next week. The first time I laid eyes on Lodha was during a Fendi-sponsored Beth Ditto performance in Paris last season; Ditto was writhing on the dance floor and Saloni was dancing on a booth. My second experience, which proved she can produce while she parties (which I always find impressive), came when Emma Watson was in New York on her Harry Potter press junket and told me about an adorable flirty red dress with big gold buttons she wore on the Today show. Turns out it was the Alexia dress by Saloni. “I didn’t have the traditional fashion school route to fashion,” Saloni explains now. “So I like the different perspective I have on it all.” Saloni’s education began in graphic design, which she studied while growing up in India. After a move to Hong Kong in 2002, she started piecing together one-off designs. In 2004, she decided to go full throttle into fashion, enrolling at Central Saint Martins in London to, in her words, “learn pattern making and couture hand sewing.” She says she was so taken by the city’s energy and creativity she set up shop there, launching a label “with my own signature style of drawing from my Indian heritage and focusing on a modern, romantic silhouette.” For Spring 2010, which will be shown on Wednesday, September 9, at 142 W. 36th St. from 4 to 7 p.m., Saloni looked to The Adventures of Hamza, a sixteenth-century Indian book version of an action story. “Hamza and his warriors wear structured and colorful draped costumes,” she explains. “The Saloni woman is a touch adventurous, but she’s not girly!” For more New York fashion week news, click here.
On the other hand…the future of skinny jeans for men looks bright. The Gap, Levi’s, and True Religion are all amping up their slim-denim efforts. As one client puts it, “Discomfort comes with the territory.” So true. [WSJ]
Start your week out with some bons mots from Roberto Cavalli. For example, “I never pay attention to costs—it’s not attractive to speak about numbers.” He and his financial adviser must get along smashingly. [Times Online]
Hadley Freeman is ready to welcome their return, are you?
To say that the eighties are back is almost as much of a cliché these days as palling up with Beth Ditto—and in no way is that meant as a negative comment on either Ditto or the aforementioned decade. But last week in Paris, the expressions of love for both reached a nigh-on hysterical level. In regards to Ditto, seeing as the fashion world is incapable of ogling enough of her, she stripped off to near-nothing at the Fendi party and stage-dived bang on top of Ellen von Unwerth. There was something symbolic in that moment. As for the eighties, forget about just going for bright colors and the occasional Madonna homage. This decade has been so well and thoroughly pillaged in the past few years (due in no small part to the number of designers with decidedly sepia-tinted memories of the era), that, as with Ditto, the decade is stripping itself down to a somewhat extreme extent. For next season, some of the more unlikely fashions of the eighties are being held up as trends to follow.
First, Michael Jackson. Just in time for his upcoming tour, Jackson is definitely having what is called a “moment.” Not even when “Bad” was at its baddest was dressing like Jackson really what I would call “fashionable.” Continue Reading “Free Speech: Hadley Freeman On Michael Jackson And Peaches ‘N Cream” »
Could Freida Pinto be the next Bond girl? If you believe British tabloids, then yes. [The Sun]
Gianni Versace‘s Lake Como relics are up for auction in London next Wednesday, and quite frankly, the stuff’s a steal. The pair of life-size nude wrestlers that used to watch over Versace’s Villa Fontanelle bedroom is only $55,000, which, considering you get two of them, is quite the bargain. [WWD]
American Apparel goes a little bit Brit. The L.A. label needed to come up with $51 million, stat, and London’s Lion Capital stepped in last night to help. Does this mean trenchcoats and tweeds to pair with our gold lamé hot pants? [WWD]
Lean times = fuller figures? “When the economy is tanking, what will emerge is an ideal of a fuller, plumper woman,” says some kind of doctor. Yes, Beth Ditto’s photo appears in this article. [The Daily Beast]
The latest French uproar is over Carla and Sarko living la vida loca in Mexico while their people get poorer by the minute (the euro’s not what it used to be, sad to say). But what about Carla’s total fashion week diss? Where was she at Dior, Chanel, Givenchy? We’re not even French and we feel slighted. [The Daily Mail]
Beth Ditto: Prude. [NYT]
Step aside, Zaha Hadid. Chanel’s world-traveling Mobile Art Pavilion (which had to land permanently mid-trip) has met its match in Prada‘s Rem Koolhaas-designed Transformer, a mutable steel tetrahedron galleryspace. To see it do its thing, you’ll have to jet over to Seoul, where it’s housed in the grounds of an imperial palace. [WWD]
In a “conducted” conversation with Victoria Beckham in the latest issue of Bergdorf Goodman magazine (speaking of which, time to renew that subscription!), Marc Jacobs bemoans his likeness to a Ken doll after a rash of airbrushing. He’s referring to a nude photo, and he’s not talking about musculature. He means down there.