4 posts tagged "Artpop"
The rumors were true: Lady Gaga is, in fact, the face of Versace’s latest campaign. Lensed by Mert & Marcus, the images have a certain uncanny quality, thanks to the fact that Gaga is styled to look exactly like Ms. Versace, right down to her pin-straight platinum locks and healthy tan. Though, considering that the house used the hashtag #VersaceLovesGaga when it leaked the ads on Twitter this weekend, that it has lent Gaga archival pieces on numerous occasions, and that the pop star titled a song for the designer on her Artpop album, we’d say it’s more mutual admiration than Single White Female.
Brace yourselves, shoppers: H&M is opening a new 7,000-square-foot megastore in Times Square. The retail complex—which will offer super-late hours of operation (Monday through Sunday until 1 a.m.), a virtual catwalk that projects images of customers onto exterior screens, interactive mannequins, the Isabel Marant collection, and a 53-foot glitter wall—is set to be christened by Lady Gaga during its ribbon-cutting ceremony at 12:01 on Thursday morning. Unsurprisingly, H&M’s new digs will sell the pop star’s latest album. Because if there’s one thing we need more than a massive glitter wall, it’s another reminder to buy Artpop.
Lady Gaga’s album ArtPop was officially released today. And aside from the past month’s leaked tracks and her already-praised “Applause”—which, may we add, includes a nod to Jeff Koons—we’ve been curious to hear “Donatella,” the rumored ode to Ms. Versace. Well, the wait is over, and we can report that the song opens with what sounds like a champagne pour, followed by the spoken intro: “I am so fab./ Check out./ I’m blond./ I’m skinny./ I’m rich./ And I’m a little bit of a bitch.” Naturally, we were not disappointed.
While the pop star’s love of extreme sartorial self-expression is ever-apparent (did anyone not see the flying dress she wore to her art rave last night?),”Donatella,” is a reminder that Mother Monster can appreciate a trend. After all, the pre-chorus asks, “What do you wanna wear this spring?/ What do you think is the new thing?/ What do you wanna wear this season?” Oh, Gaga. We thought you’d never ask!.
Just in case you haven’t gotten your fill of Lady Gaga’s paint-smeared face, it’s back in the video for “Applause,” the first single to (officially) drop from the singer’s forthcoming album, Artpop. Fittingly, for the woman devoted to living her life as a live-action editorial shoot, the video was directed by fashion photographers Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin, who also shot Artpop‘s cover and Gaga’s four September V covers. “For me, it was one of the most memorable experiences that we’ve ever had,” Gaga’s stylist, Brandon Maxwell, told Style.com when asked about working with the photographers. Of course, the clothes—like an archival John Galliano gown accessorized with duct tape and safety-pin baubles by Mathieu Mirano, and Valentino Couture lingerie paired with Alaïa boots—added to the excitement.
“The concept was really, What would you do for the applause?” explained Maxwell. Donning a custom Gareth Pugh pillow gown (which explodes around a black catsuit by Mila Schön) and a Maison Martin Margiela Couture jacket (Gaga wears it atop a mirror-and-pin costume conceived by her sister, Natali Germanotta) seems a good place to start. However, Maxwell stressed that some of Gaga’s most memorable looks boast a DIY touch. “Nobody loves clothes and couture more than Gaga, but I think some of her most famous costumes are things that she made with her own two hands,” asserted the stylist. “So there are parts of the video that are incredible for fashion people—like, I was basically crying during that whole Galliano scene. But she has a huge fan base, and I like to choose pieces—whether they’re off the runway or made by us—that some of these kids can make at home.” This time around, those items included seashell pasties; a floating bikini bottom that Gaga’s in-house Renaissance man, Perry Meek, assembled from fresh flowers, glue, and string; and a surreal top by Jean-Charles de Castelbajac shaped to look as though two gloved hands are grasping Gaga’s breasts. The pop star also wears assemblage-style wings—fashioned from broken umbrella spokes—by L.A.-based Junker Designs. Continue Reading ““Applause,” Please: Brandon Maxwell Talks Styling Lady Gaga’s Latest Video” »