When I first heard that I was going to the shoot with Beth Ditto I was incredibly excited. I've long been a huge fan of The Gossip and Beth's boldness and individuality stood out to me. She was cool. I knew that whatever she was creating was going to be nothing short of magic. She had previously released a standout collection with Evans, and it was a collection with no rules, no boundaries. Remembering this on the morning of the shoot left me nervous. I had no idea of what I was going to wear, the direction, the styling... The call sheet did nothing to calm my nerves either. We were going to be working with some of the best in fashion; photographed by Ezra Petronio and styled by Katie Grand. My day was about to be nothing short of epic.
The clothes exceeded my wildest expectations. The jumpsuits, which have to be my favorite pieces have now become my wardrobe staple as it can be worn in so many different ways, I have a piece for life. In every print. Thank you Beth. The collection is loud, fun and daring. The prints make a bold statement, like Beth herself, immediately saying 'I've arrived' in the most exaggerated fashion. This is no random collection. I felt Beth's energy and presence in every piece.
But what really hit home with me was the ethics behind the collection. Each piece has been ethically produced, made in America, with the finest quality fabrics. As we are becoming more aware of the ethics and sustainability of fashion, it is refreshing to see a designer taking a stand to make sure that her clothes are produced in a sustainable manner. Hence the price tag, of which I've seen much discussion over. Fast fashion, whilst having increased the accessibility of stylish clothes for millions, has unfortunately resulted in many horrific practises, such as child labour, that exploit millions of people around the world in poorer, developing countries. This something that has to change, and we can all start by reflecting on where our clothes come from.
I will admit, it is out the price reach of some, and yes it may not be for every body, but if a plus size woman wants the option to buy something that speaks to her; a garment made with seven yards of 100% silk, that hasn't been made under slave labour conditions, she should be able to do so. For her stand, regardless of whether or not the clothes are right for you, Beth should be applauded. And after the phenomenal time I've had with her in NYC and in London (the launch party was one of the best I've ever been too) Im very proud to have been a part of it and I wish her nothing but the very best!
Philomena is represented by Models 1