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LOVE, ACTUALLY: Never let it be said Katie Grand is one to perch on fashion’s fence. The editor of Love, Condé Nast UK’s latest title, has decided her affair with the perfect woman is over — so she’s picked the rotund gay crooner Beth Ditto as cover girl for the launch issue.
“She says the wrong things. She looks the wrong way. Isn’t it confounding and amazing to have an iconic figure…who doesn’t have a 25-inch waist?” asks Grand in her first editor’s letter. “She is happy with who she is and the way she is.”
Inside, there’s a whole new brand of celebrity confessional. Not for Ditto’s coy admission that she “battles” with her weight or was “unpopular” in high school — instead, we get: “I really, really want Lindsay Lohan to be gay,” says Ditto. “We haven’t had the hot young dyke couple before. We don’t really have the hot young boy couple either.”
This isn’t the first time Grand has worked with Ditto. In the fall 2007 issue of Pop, Grand tapped Steven Klein to shoot the singer wearing specially made outfits by designers including Giles Deacon, Louis Vuitton and Gareth Pugh.
Love, which costs 5 pounds — or a little over $7 at current exchange — hits newsstands on Feb. 19. The launch issue also includes a Bruce Weber shoot with Iggy Pop; an interview with Anjelica Houston, who is photographed by her stepson Terry Richardson, and a chat with the British model and actress Kelly Brook.
Advertisers include Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Cartier, Burberry, Gucci, Tom Ford, Marc Jacobs, Miu Miu, Dior Jewlery, Stella McCartney and Dolce & Gabbana. There are 116 ad pages in the 336-page launch issue.
Like with Grand’s former venture Pop, which Emap plans to relaunch later this year, there’s a retail component. For one week, starting on Valentine’s Day, there will be a Love In at Dover Street Market in London. The store will sell limited edition clothing and accessories from brands including Burberry, Chloé, Dolce & Gabbana, Gap, House of Holland, Katie Hillier, Loewe, Luella, Prada and Stella McCartney.
Stella McCartney, Prada and Burberry have all designed underwear; Chloé has come out with customized handbags and belts; while Luella and Henry Holland have each created T-shirts. There will be Loewe nappa leather cushions featuring “I Loewe you” embossed in gold, and silk dresses from Victoria Beckham.
— Samantha Conti