Beth Ditto's Fashion Escapade

In June, we wrote about how British wunderkind Christopher Kane is collaborating with Beth Ditto on an outfit for October's Swarovski Fashion Rocks c
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In June, we wrote about how British wunderkind Christopher Kane is collaborating with Beth Ditto on an outfit for October's Swarovski Fashion Rocks concert. If you can't wait to see what vibrant outfit these two have cooked up, whet your appetite with the Autumn 2007 issue of Pop, which features a spread shot by Steven Klein of Ditto traipsing about in fashions both off-the-runway (Prada, Yves Saint Laurent) and made specially for the magazine (Gareth Pugh, Louis Vuitton, Proenza Schouler). Both humorous and poignant, the photos have that Paris, Texas vibe of wanderlust and adventure with the jet-set styles to match. The accompanying article proclaims Beth Ditto is a "size hero," an icon both revered and criticized for representing an alternative to fashion's willowy norm. It also explores some of the underlying skepticism surrounding the singer's rise to fame and fashion notoriety. Is the style world embracing Beth Ditto out of a genuine interest in her art and message or is it using her in a bid to establish itself as a tolerant community? Is all this hoopla over her image overshadowing what's important - her artistry and originality? Discuss. --NATALIE GUEVARA

Lounging around in a Prada top and skirt; bonnet by Yves Saint Laurent.

The wheels on the bus go... Beth modeling a dress by Julie Verhoeven for Mulberry; clutch by Louis Vuitton.

Dress made specially for POP by Hussein Chayalan.

Modeling a slashed dress made specially for POP by Gareth Pugh; shoes by Marc Jacobs.

Ripped to shreds; another shot of Gareth's Tim Burton-ish masterpiece.

Strolling along in a YSL coat; headscarf and bracelet both by Marc Jacobs; shoes by Repetto.

Clad in a top and skirt both made specially for POP by Proenza Schouler, Beth takes a glorious leap.