Beth Ditto says she would like to make "the IKEA of clothes for fat girls and boys. Cheap, affordable, basic — but ethically made." She says she didn't have that experience when she designed a plus-size line for the U.K. retailer Evans in 2009. "I wish there was more control in that line, but there wasn't. It was really fun, but the things that I really wanted couldn't be turned around in time. It was made in India, which caused a lot of conflict for me. I really want to do my own line that's ethically made, and I can do whatever the fuck I want with it. I also want to start an online vintage store, kind of like Re/Dress [Brooklyn's now-closed plus-size haven]. I want to do a 'buy the outfit' function, and I want to show how outfits look on all kinds of different body types, even boys and butches. It's high-concept, and I don't have time. I'd need to find someone to work with me on it, but I'm also very controlling about this, just like I am with Gossip stuff." Asked (again) about Karl Lagerfeld's comments on Adele's weight, she replied, "First of all, Karl Lagerfeld is not even sane." [NYMag]
SDazed & Confused
- Phillip Lim likes Kate Middleton's body. "Kate Middleton is gorgeous — that killer body, it's like a body of death! So I think it would be easy to dress her. She's so elegant; she carries herself in a way that goes beyond clothing." [Grazia]
- Prada C.E.O. Patrizio Bertelli, on counterfeiting: "Fake goods aren't totally bad, at least it created jobs at some counterfeit factories. We don't want to be a brand that nobody wants to copy." [WWD]
- Miley Cyrus says she favors short dresses over long ones, because once a longer dress gets damaged from people stepping on the hem she can't just give it back to whatever luxury company lent it to her. "There's always a frickin' hole in it when you're on the red carpet. You leave here having to buy the thing because everyone has put their heel in the back of your train. I've learned!" [Belfast Telegraph]
- BryanBoy is going to be a judge on the next season of America's Next Top Model, after all. Although the blogger legally known as Bryan Grey Yambao wouldn't answer questions, sources close to him say a contract is in place, and Yambao has been Tweeting pictures of himself and his new apartment in L.A. In February, Yambao and his agent would neither confirm nor deny rumors that he had a deal related to television in the works. [WWD]
- Garance Doré wanted to photograph Marion Cotillard at Cannes, who travels en troupeau with about 20 PRs and assistants. This prompted Doré to muse about celebrity "culture":
It's annoying to be here, photographing her, like everybody else. It's annoying to find her beautiful, like everybody else. To love her hair, like everybody else. To leave when I have a picture I like and feel way too happy about it. About having had my little piece of Marion. Pffffffff, really, celebrities make people stupid.
- New face model Georgia Hilmer did one season of shows when she was 16, then decided she liked high school more than modeling, and didn't work again until after she'd graduated. She has this to say about Vogue's new decision to only hire models over 16:
"It is such a shock to the system, just because modeling is so different than anything else ... I do think it makes sense, whether or not 16 is the right age, to have some life experience before modeling, because once you do, it kind of takes over. There's so much travel, and the work hours are so strange and all that. It helps to be your own person before you get involved."
She says she's deferred enrollment at NYU to model for at least a year. [The Cut]
- Agyness Deyn explains the intended appeal of her Doc Martens collaboration: "I wanted the collection to look like someone had gone into a charity shop, like I did when I was a teenager, and come out dressed head-to-toe in what they'd bought. It's a wear-it-all-together collection." Of course, one could always go to a charity shop. And dress head-to-toe in what one buys there. [Vogue UK]
- Paris Hilton, who already markets 15 different perfumes, is launching a 16th in June — and this one, she says, is the first to ever really capture the smelly essence of her personality. "Creating a new fragrance or two each year has been a great way to express the changes I have gone through," says Hilton. [WWD]
- The Times investigates the model-actor, cater-waiter nexus. [NYTimes]
- This July, 29-year-old designer Rad Hourani, known for his avant-garde, Rick Owens-esque creations, will show a unisex couture collection for the first time at couture week in Paris. [WWD]