Lady Gaga waxes poetic.
Last year was the meat dress. The year before, she bled to death. So the minute we heard that Lady Gaga herself was performing at 2011's VMAs, we got on the horn to our bookies, started taking odds, and placed bets on what her Gaga-ness will wear. According the her hot-off-the-presses VMA promos, we might be betting on nothing, literally, as Gaga strips down to her bare essentials while singing a jazz rendition of "Yoü And I."
Gone is the Versace kaleidoscope of colors we've seen of late, replaced by a Gaga who invokes smoke-filled cafes and a poet behind the piano by setting things in black-and-white, looking like a classic dame who just wants to rid herself of her bra. Even though she has mod/modern angles and contrast galore, she nods to the classicism of a chick with a piano and an upright bass with waist-length string of pearls...which is one of the few things remaining when Gaga stops.
Watch Lady Gaga's 2011 VMA: First Look promo videos, and don't miss "MTV First: Lady Gaga," an exclusive live Q&A on Thursday, Aug. 18 at 7:49 p.m. ET. to watch Gaga discuss her "Yoü And I" video, her upcoming VMA performance, and make a special VMA announcement. Until then, here's a breakdown of all of the genius fashion and beauty scrawled all over this promo thanks to Gaga's fashion director Nicola Formichetti and their amazing team (Brandon Maxwell, Frederic Aspiras, Tara Savelo, and Aya Fukuda).
BEAT GLASSES FOR 2011
Gaga wears her sunnies indoors.
The flat-lines and geometry of these vintage glasses (sidenote: they're Gaga's own!) perfectly complement her chic Salvatore Ferragamo suit and are a long way from the "Pokerface" of yore, but the straight across bridge makes them no less dramatic. Also, please note that her glasses are worn in her hair, not over her ears—a Gaga-ism so theft-worthy.
MATCHY MATCHY BLEACHED BROWS
Gaga plays eyeball peek-a-boo
With her subtle cat-eye peaking over her glasses, we almost don't notice Gaga's bleached white brow. Almost. But it's there, softening up her extreme blunt-cut bang.
LET THE GIRLS BE FREE
Gaga lets loose. In many ways.
The moment takes Gaga. Takes her to take off her lacy bra, fling it over her head, and watch it land haplessly on her horn player. If you pay close attention at the end of this "Stripped Down" promo, you'll see Gaga's mega-platform custom Underground UK shoes. (We imagine the Jazz Age was exactly like this.)
FORGET "LADYLIKE" NAILS
Lady Gaga pounds the keys.
Gaga's pointers are extra pointy thanks to nail guru Aya Fukuda, and we really like her glammed out China Town cocktail ring. Though, however she's able to play with those talons will always leave us baffled.
But don't take our word for it...check out the 2011 Lady Gaga VMA Promos for yourself below!
Watch the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards live from the Nokia Theatre L.A. in Los Angeles on Sunday, Aug. 28, at 9 p.m. ET/PT on MTV and MTV.com. Cast your votes for Best New Artist up until the show airs!