When Beth Ditto announced her initial collection back in February of this year, much of the plus size community (myself included) fizzed with excitement. Beth is a hero and an icon for so many of us, and based on her past design collaborations with big brands such as Evans, we waited in anticipation to see her very first solo designs. And just as that first collection did not disappoint in the slightest, the second collection (which was released on November 1st) is even better.
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The cinch, drape and big print have already become identifiably ‘Beth Ditto’; this collection builds on the themes of the first bringing a beautiful sense of deliberate structure to the cinch and drape. The new designs still throw the flattering mindset out of the window and offer us pieces that accentuate every part of the plus size body. The prints are ridiculously fun, with the recurring eyelash motif and nail varnish droplets, and they’re still big; this boldness is so so welcome in the world of plus size design.
The look book and campaign photos for the new collection brought a huge smile to my face, I recognise these scenes from house parties gone by, even down to the late night omelette on the floor moment. Styled by Charles Jeffrey and photographed by Hannah Moon, these images convey the sheer bloody joy of fat that exists at the very heart of this collection in the most effortless fashion. The coolness shines from every model, who were all cast through Instagram, and hand on heart I am sold on these looks. Here are the standout pieces for me:
Not pictured here is a very excellent sequinned eyelash sweater that I have my eye on too.
Beth has stated that she wants her pieces to last for years and exist outside of trends. Because these clothes are ethically made without big corporate influence, the price point is certainly in ‘investment piece’ territory for most; so this timeless feel is very welcome. Pieces such as the cocoon coat and the key print dresses are ones I can see me throwing on year after year.
One last little tip: for those of who fell in love with the first Beth Ditto collection but the price was a little over budget, the release of the Winter capsule means that last season pieces can now be picked up for a song so keep a little eye out while you’re ogling the new bits!