The Tower Bar, near the eastern end of the Sunset Strip, is one of Hollywood’s most elegant celebrity hangouts. Tucked away on the ground floor of the Sunset Tower Hotel, in what was once the mobster Bugsy Siegel’s apartment, it’s the sort of place where it’s no surprise to see Dita Von Teese waiting in a corner booth, perfectly poised in a floral Zac Posen dress.
Already the world’s most famous burlesque dancer, not to mention a model and fashion designer, Dita Von Teese is about to add another string to her bow by releasing her first album. On the self-titled record, the former Mrs Marilyn Manson eschews her ex-husband’s goth rock in favour of sensual Gainsbourg-esque seduction, on songs which were written for her by contemporary French sleaze-pop merchant Sébastien Tellier.
Over a martini, she tells us how her collaboration with Tellier came about, the highest compliment Hunter S Thompson ever gave her and discusses her reaction to the Harvey Weinstein scandal and #MeToo.