Lady Gaga performing on SMAPxSMAP.
In between bedazzling seashell sessions, Lady Gaga has been hitting up many a TV show while in Japan. Over the weekend, she was on Music Station Japan in a vintage Gianni Versace jacket, Kansai Yamamoto pants, and Spring '14 Versace belt, and for her performance on SMAPxSMAP, Gaga continued mixing Versace with Yamamoto for, as she aptly dubbed it, "serious glam history." (Yamamoto is perhaps best known for designing David Bowie's Ziggy Stardust tour wardrobe.)
Gaga's performance kicked off with a colorful jacket from the Japanese designer. She traded in the Botticelli wig which she has been giving a lot of head time while in Tokyo for the frizzy white wig she favored at the Glamour Women Of The Year Awards and in Berlin. How many wigs do you think Lady Gaga brings when she travels? How many suitcases are filled only with wigs? 5 or more? I guess she's used to facing a lot of baggage fees. She's been in Tokyo for less than a week and worn at least 5 vastly different wigs. She even broke her "Personal record for wig changes in one day." Congrats, Gagaloo!
Lady Gaga in Versace at the AMAs.
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What's one perk of being the new face of Versace? As Lady Gaga knows, it's wearing the designer to the AMAs, the night after your first ads were released. *hair flip* After teasing her red carpet wares on Twitter with lyrics from her "Donatella" track, Gaga trotted into the AMAs wearing lilac Versace while riding on the back of a white horse, which was not a real animal but an elaborate costume on top of two very strong men in white spandex.
Once she dismounted, the full-length view of the two-tone purple, cut-out Spring/Summer 2014 ready-to-wear gown was visible, as was the lion head necklace/body chain steez that is also featured in her ad. You get an outfit and accessories when you're the face of Versace? Where do I sign up?
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Lady Gaga and Donatella Versace go way back. Like, all the way back to 2011, when Gaga borrowed a vintage Versace dress for her "Edge of Glory" music video. Flash forward two years later, and they're basically besties (and sometimes twinsies, depending on Gaga's wig du jour): they do lots of air kissing, they send each other extravagant flower arrangements and now, after Gaga penned an ode to Versace with her song "Donatella," rumor has it that Mother Monster is slated to be the face of the brand's spring 2014 ad campaign. Suddenly, there's a whole new meaning to the phrase "friends with benefits."
Obviously, the set of this potential shoot provides the perfect place for us to drop in for another installment of Fashion Fanfic. Because LBR: aren't you DYING to know what the two of them talk about?
“And zen I told her, ‘Jes! Of caars, of caars! It looks fabulous, it is amazing,’” Donatella explained to Gaga as the pair entered a cavernous London studio, arms linked. She exhaled a long drag of her cigarette and brushed a bleached blonde strand away from her face to survey the set. “Jes, this is fabulous.”
Gaga set down her meatball-inspired handbag (made to scale with real marinara) and beelined for the nearest garment rack (there were seven). “You know,” she started, “I just really want people to feel included in this ad, Donatella. I want this to be an all-inclusive ad. I want people to look at this ad and know that they’re not just looking at fashion or art—I want them to know that they’re looking at … a movement.”
Trish Summerville gets it. As the edgy, ambitious costume designer for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Summerville's been tasked with combining high fashion (see: The Capitol), high function (see: the games) and stuff that straight up looks pretty on screen (see: well, all of it). And even though the film has yet to hit theaters (15 DAYS AND COUNTING), the few glimpses we've gotten of Panem's ornate new garments have already earned her a Style Award for Film Costumer of the Year. *brushes shoulders off*
With the second Hunger Games installment only weeks away, Summerville sat down with Refinery 29 to spill some deets on the method to her madness for dressing all 12 districts. Her artistic visions (and how they materialized) were insightful, creative and totally on point. Oh, and also, it sounds like her job is SO MUCH FUN. Here's what we learned:
When it comes to making miserable look good, Sky Ferreira is a pro. In a series of new ads shot by Henrik Purienne for Maison Kitsuné, Ferreira serves up some "OMG I HATE YOU, CLOSE THE CURTAINS," realness in some less-realistic lounge-wear. I mean, I'm sure there ~are~ people out there who lay around pouting and posing and reading The New York Times in a sheening, cobalt pullover, stark-white business socks and a floral, silk headscarf—but, yeah, I don't know any of those people. (Sorry for shattering your dreams, fellas. Most girls definitely don't wake up looking quite so easy-like-Sunday-morning.)
Rita Ora for 'Liberation.'
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Rita Ora is the kind of woman who wears many, many hats (and we mean that both figuratively and literally). Figuratively, we've seen the British pop star moonlight as a model, a makeup designer and an all-around fashion fixture in the last few months alone. Literally, she also has an extensive, ever-growing collection of lux headgear. Like this rabbit-ear headband, for example. And this House of Holland metallic snap-back. And this ~very~ memorable, diamond-encrusted, antler-horned hat-mask hybrid, which we first spotted several weeks back—and now, has finally re-materialized on the cover of Libération.
Drake performs in Calvin Klein in Brooklyn, NY.
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Well, that was fast. Less than a week after Calvin Klein announced their plan to create bespoke performance outfits for Drake’s Would You Like A Tour? tour, the Canadian rapper debuted a look we're betting is from the collection while on stage last night in Brooklyn. Following opening sets from PartyNextDoor, Future and Miguel, Drizzy performed to a sold-out crowd at the Barclays Center—and lo and behold, as previously promised by the CK-designed collection his wardrobe now includes a Canadian tuxedo. A glorious, 3-piece Canadian tuxedo at that.
Jean Paul Gaultier's music video, "How To Do That" in 1989.
Real talk: I have seen this Jean Paul Gaultier exhibition three times. I saw it in San Francisco last summer. I saw it again last Thursday—briefly—before I heard the marvelous Parisian designer speak in a discussion led by the exhibition's curator, Thierry-Maxime Loriot, from the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. And then I enjoyed a guided tour by Thierry-Maxime himself on Friday morning moments before the installation was officially opened to the public. If you find yourself in Brooklyn or, truly, anywhere even remotely within driving/flying/subway-ing distance of the Brooklyn Museum, you should check this out. It's f***ing mind-blowing. God's honest. It's here 'til February 23 so you have time but DO NOT FORGET.
"Embellishments" dress from the Spring/Summer 2009 "Calligraphy" Collection/Beyoncé performing in 2009.
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It's no secret that we're big fans of Rachel Antonoff over here: she did a fab job co-hosting the MTV.com VMA Red Carpet Report with Grimes and, generally, we can get behind fun, colorful collections, which Rachel keeps delivering. For her Spring 2014, Forever Crush, Rachel skipped the ol' models-wearing-clothes thing and, instead, debuted the collection on her family and friends in a 6-minute video.
The video tells the story of how her parents met: it was 1972, they were in college, and pumpkins were involved (how seasonally appropriate!). I don't wanna give away any ~deets~ because the video is 100% worth watching, but Rachel enlisted the help of her brother, Jack, as well as friends Jenny Slate, BFF Mae Whitman, and more to relay the Antonoff courtship. The best part (besides love, of course)? Instead of wearing '70s threads, everyone is decked out in Forever Crush. There are printed curtains! The ladies lounge in floor-length dresses! #JEALZ of this beautiful group of friends and their beautiful clothes. How much is the friendship club membership fee? I AM WILLING TO PAY!
M.I.A. for Versus Versace
Photo: Versus Versace
Welp, the rumors were true and the projected shelf date was accurate, too. Color us PUMPED! M.I.A.’s Versus Versace collaboration collection is officially available, so get it while it’s hot! Scratch that: this collection will STAY hot—you just gotta get it before it all sells out. And it looks good, y’all. Like, WAY better than it did in the preview photos, IMHO. The color combinations are wonderfully vibrant, and the graphic, bootleg-inspired prints appear to have translated quite well to Versace’s sister brand. Best part about this designer capsule collection? It’s not out-of-this-world expensive. It ain't H&M, but the price point is a whooole lot less than buying Versace off-the-rack.