- @Tom News
- Apr 2017
Fake Sugar by a ew lesbian artist - Beth Ditto
You might be familiar with her, as be seldomly showcase her work in 'Gossip' column of tomactz Magazine. Ditto's outfit is straight Starman era David Bowie, with a dash of John Travolta (a mix of Urban Cowboy and Saturday Night Fever). No surprise there. Ditto told Refinery29 UK that Bowie is one of her style icons, saying, “I love him so much. That’s because of his ability to change and that he took things that weren’t necessarily conventionally beautiful and made them incredible.”‘Fire’ was released earlier this week and is lifted from her upcoming debut solo album ‘Fake Sugar’, which is out June 16 via Capitol Records
As much as Beth Ditto has always been a woman ahead of her time—she burst onto the scene some 18 years ago as the rabble-rousing frontwoman of Gossip, back when intersectional feminism was hardly a part of the pop culture conversation—there has always been something deeply nostalgic about the singer and her style. With her down-home Arkansas roots and that dark curtain of Bettie Page bangs, Ditto has been deeply influenced by rock ’n’ roll’s halcyon days. And with “Fire,” the first single from her upcoming solo album, it seems like she’s returning to those roots.
Ditto can be seen performing for a packed, sweaty saloon in the new video, buttoned up in an Elvis-inspired look. Ay such as handcuffs, a third eye, and a cheeky bad girl switchblade.dorned with hand-painted red metallic flames, sequin red roses, and her name across the back in appliqué, the custom “nudie” suit recalls the throwback stage-ready glamour of The King and his contemporaries. She collaborated with emerging London designer Dilara Findikoglu on the two-piece number, adding glistening beaded embroider