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Lady Gaga at the Thierry Mugler Spring/Summer 2012 show on March 2 in Paris.
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For a woman who sings, dances, makes wombs/eggs/pods an outfit, and crafts her signature fragrance to smell like blood, why wouldn't she ALSO try her hand at modeling? It was only a matter of time before Lady Gaga would find herself strutting down the Mugler runway—she'd already been tapped as the brand's musical director, tasked with creating fashion show tunes for creative director Nicola Formichetti. So, yes, we knew it was coming. But what surprised us was how professional the pop star's strut was (even in INSANELY high platform heels).

Lady Gaga at the Thierry Mugler Spring/Summer 2012 show on March 2 in Paris.
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In addition to two hip-length ponytails, and the stilt shoes (seriously, they look like they were a foot high...GAH!), Lady G wore two looks: a sheer condom-colored top over a ribbed corset with a long fitted skirt and wide hat; and a sheer black top over a bra with a long latex skirt and flat cap.

Oh, and don't ask us about the other models and their looks. Gaga stole the show AGAIN.

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Beyoncé on the April 2011 cover of 'Cosmopolitan UK.'
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Cosmopolitan UK's April cover model Beyoncé waxes on about what it takes to look/feel sexy. She should know! {Just Jared}

Lady Gaga will model in Nicola Formichetti's first women's collection for Thierry Mugler today in Paris. This should be interesting. {Styleite}

Mick Jagger's daughter, Georgia May Jagger, was a model for Hudson Jeans. Now, she's a designer for the premium denim brand. Way to turn a job into a career, Georgia May! {Stylelist}

Kanye West has spoken. His fave red carpet look at the Oscars was Anne Hathaway's hot red number. {Coco Perez}

Jeremy Scott is becoming synonymous with sneaks with wings (and fuzzy teddy bears) attached. Now, he's offering his winged footwear in a ballet flat. Their fly. {Nitrolicious}

Charlie Sheen says he wants to release a fragrance. That is all. {Coco Perez}

• Former Kell on Earth star Kelly Cutrone has teamed up with her People's Revolution partner Robyn Berkley and Chris Burch (Tory Burch's ex) to create a new clothing line called Electric Love Army. {She Finds}

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The style theatrics witnessed on the red carpet at last night's 53rd Annual Grammy Awards were just the beginning. Onstage was where the real fashion drama went down. Performing stars slipped out of their fancy suits and frocks (or their green egg, in Lady Gaga's case), and into fierce performance outfits.

KATY PERRY: Love was in the air when Katy Perry hit the stage to perform. While footage of her wedding to Russell Brand played in the background, Katy, in a bejeweled Giorgio Armani tutu, belted out "Not Like the Movies." So sweet.

Katy Perry performing at the 2011 Grammy Awards.
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LADY GAGA: After teasing everyone on the red carpet by incapsulating herself in a womb/egg, Lady Gaga emerged in a Mugler by Nicola Formichetti-designed yolk-colored while performing "Born This Way."

Lady Gaga performing at the 2011 Grammy Awards.
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RIHANNA AND EMINEM: We've seen this duo perform together before, and (save for Eminem's constant serious-face) they always seem to shake it up style-wise. This time, Rihanna wore a blooming yellow and black Christian Dior ball gown, while Eminem wore a black leather jacket with a hoodie and black jeans.

Rihanna and Eminem at the 2011 Grammy Awards.
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CEE LO GREEN AND GWYNETH PALTROW: While Gwyneth Paltrow looked rather demure (if you don't count the time she jumped on the piano and started dancing around), Cee Lo Green totally outdid himself during his performance of "Forget You." The rapper dressed as a peacock muppet. Need we say more?

Cee Lo Green and Gwyneth Paltrow at the 2011 Grammy Awards.
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JADEN SMITH, JUSTIN BIEBER, AND USHER: In the shock of the night, boy-phenom Justin Bieber walked away with zero Grammys (he's young...he still has time), but he did perk up the crowd with a medley performance of his songs. Jaden Smith (in leopard print pants) and Usher (in an electric blue getup) gave him moral support.

Jaden Smith, Justin Bieber, and Usher at the 2011 Grammy Awards.
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RIHANNA AND DRAKE: Wearing a fringed bustier set, Rihanna shook and shimmied onstage during a calypso-like rendition of "What's My Name," which she performed with Drake, who wore all black (what's up with the rappers wearing straight black onstage?).

Rihanna and Drake at the 2011 Grammy Awards.
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As has always been the case with Lady Gaga, we couldn't quite figure out what was going on here, but we still loved the bold, sci-fi-meets-fashion ensembles the singer chose for the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards. According to Gaga's creative director Laurieann Gibson, the singer was "birthing a new race." Alrighty then.

ON THE RED CARPET: Lady Gaga "incubated" on the red carpet in a womb-with-a-view created by Hussein Chalayan.

Lady Gaga at the 2011 Grammy Awards on Feb. 13.
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PERFORMING ON STAGE: While belting out her new single, "Born This Way," Gaga showed her dance moves (she's got a few!) in a Mugler by Nicola Formichetti-designed see-through yolk-colored half-shirt, skirt, jacket, and hat.

Lady Gaga at the 2011 Grammy Awards on Feb. 13.
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FOR HER ACCEPTANCE SPEECH: Winning a Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Album, Lady Gaga took to the stage wearing a Mugler by Nicola Formichetti black getup with thigh-high boots and above-the-elbow gloves… Oh, and she rocked prosthetic baby horns and alien-esque pointy shoulders.

Lady Gaga at the 2011 Grammy Awards on Feb. 13.
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IN THE AUDIENCE: Sitting pretty (for an alien!), Lady Gaga donned a black one-shoulder jacket and thigh-high boots by Mugler by Nicola Formichetti, plus a face-covering circle hat by Franc Fernandez.

Lady Gaga at the 2011 Grammy Awards on Feb. 13.
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Models, including Zombie Boy (center), walk the runway at the Thierry Mugler menswear fashion show during Paris Fashion Menswear Week on Jan. 19.
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See the male runway models in the photos above, including the two face-covered specimens and the one Zombie Boy (yep, the tats are real)? Those guys were a few of the fellas picked to walk the runway for French fashion house Thierry Mugler's premiere men's ready-to-wear fall/winter collection, which was shown during Paris Fashion Week on Jan. 19. So, Mugler had his provocative ensembles and the hot boys to wear them, but what about a subversive club jam to tie it all together? That's where Lady Gaga came in. The pop star was asked by the brand's creative director Nicola Formichetti, who also styled Gaga's "Alejandro" video, to serve as musical director at Mugler's menswear show. Lady G was game (of course), and now we can't help but think that we'll be hearing a lot more Gaga-created tunes on future runways. But, you be the judge.


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Lady Gaga resting on 14th Street in an Asher Levine jacket in New York City.
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Lady Gaga has made a name for herself as much for her music as for her outrageous style. (How can you forget the meat dress?) But what's spectacular about her fashion choices is her ability to catapult the careers of rising design stars. Like 22-year-old menswear designer Asher Levine. The Port Charlotte, Florida native dressed Lady Gaga not once, but twice, in the past few months, finding his clothes on her just weeks after he graduated college at New York's Pace University. First, Lady Gaga wore Asher's black motorcycle jacket in Rolling Stone's July issue, and she wore his white straightjacket coat to her Today Show performance. MTV Style caught up with Asher Levine, who just presented his second full collection at New York Fashion Week, at his home base in New York City to find out how he went from student to dressing Lady Gaga in record time.

Asher Levine self portrait.
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When did you start designing?
Asher Levine: "Since I was a little boy, I was always sitting at the sewing machine. It's the only option for me. I've always felt the same way from the very beginning about fashion — I love it to an obsessive, obsessive degree. Two days after I graduated high school I got on a plane and moved to New York City [in 2006] to pursue a business degree at Pace University. I knew how to make clothes, I needed to know accounting, marketing and all the things fashion school leaves out."

Who do you design for?
"There are certain people that transcend the boundaries of gender. Look at Michael Jackson, David Bowie, Madonna. Look at Lady Gaga. These are figures throughout our recent history that have transcended gender and represent something that's greater. And that's who I'm connecting with."

How were you discovered?
"Nicola Formichetti's team (Lady Gaga's stylist) contacted me and said someone recommended me. They got in contact, and I said let's do it. I respect Gaga because she's cognizant about what's been done in the past, and she knows how to push the boundaries and make new fashion, music, or art."

From the streets of NYC to the cover of 'Rolling Stone,' Lady Gaga makes the most of her Asher Levine motorcycle jacket.
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What was your process like to design the oversize motorcycle jacket she wore in Rolling Stone?
"I would make a sketch. I would send it to Nicola, and then if Nicola approves it, he sends it to Lady Gaga, and then it trickles down. A lot of times, I do a sketch and they say, 'Can it be like this or like that?' Then, once he says it's good, I do a muslin (light fabric) version. I build the muslin version, take a picture, send it to them, and they say 'let's do it.' "

How long did it take to create the jacket?
"With Gaga, they only give you a couple days, so you better crank it out quickly. Depending on how complicated the piece is, about a week."

What was it like designing the white straightjacket coat for her Today Show appearance?
"When she kicked off her Monster Ball tour, they said they wanted a new jacket. They wanted purple at first, so I got three whole cows in purple. It's a lot of skin. It takes about 200 square feet of animal skin to make one of those oversize coats. At the last minute, they go, 'We want it to be white.' So I went back my factory and found all these nice lambskins and cut that up and put it together. And I'm really happy how it turned out."

Did you hit any snags while designing for Lady Gaga?
"When we were doing the white straightjacket we worked from 7 a.m. to 4 in the morning the next day. We needed to deliver it to her at the Today Show. They said you have to get it to us 5 a.m. Out of nowhere it's 4 a.m., so I hop in a cab with this whole motorcycle straightjacket — and I pull up to 48th street and it was MAYHEM. I was literally hand-sewing the tag into the jacket on my way to the Today Show in the cab."

Lady Gaga backstage at the 'Today Show' in an Asher Levine jacket.
Photo: Courtesy of Nicola Formichetti.

What has Lady Gaga done for your career?
"I think she represents my future customer. Because she's looked at so highly, she legitimized that standpoint of this new mentality of clothing—of being unique. She helped it immensely, and I'm excited to work with her more in the future."

Are you working on more for Lady Gaga?
"I totally expect to be. I get along with her team. It changes my direction, and that’s why I like to collaborate with these artists."

What are you trying to convey through your clothes?
"There's a revolution happening right now within humanity, not just fashion. It's a revolution of uniqueness of the individual. Many artists are tapping into this energy, and I'm interpreting it through fashion. What I'm doing in fashion, I'm defining the new man and how he presents himself in the world and how to make him look as sexy as possible. When you think of someone who looks sexy, how do you define that? I'm using different types of fabrics that define a new sexuality and masculinity."

What are you inspired by?
"I look at inspiration [in] everyday weird things. I think it's important to look at things that are outside of your box of understanding, like organisms that are zoomed in 40,000 times. I fill my head with that, and when I pick up the chalk or charcoal, it all manifests itself in that one stroke so it comes together collectively."

Where can people buy your collection?
"It's available at OAK in New York and online. The price ranges from $150 for a shirt or tank pants for $250 to $350 and fur pieces up to $4,000 for a jacket like Lady Gaga's."

+ Would you wear Asher Levine's designs like Lady Gaga?


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Orlando Bloom in Uniqlo.
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• Nicola Formichetti, Lady Gaga's stylist, styled Uniqlo's latest ad campaign featuring Orlando Bloom, and he looks great in it. Nicola's magic fingers work yet again! {Nicola Formichetti Blog}

Lindsay Lohan proved she's got fashion on the brain 24/7 when she wore a blazer from her own line, 6126, to her court appearance. {Us Weekly}

Rihanna shot the music video for her new single in a zebra print jacket, super-short shorts, and fishnets! You gotta give the girl credit for taking risks. {Daily Mail}

Kim and Khloe Kardashian stepped out in the same Bebe bandage dress. Which sister wore it best?! {Stylelist}

• After all that hoopla surrounding her Sesame Street outfit, Katy Perry proved she can laugh at herself by wearing an Elmo shirt on Saturday Night Live this weekend. {Styleite}

WSJ declared red the "color of confidence." Do you agree? {WSJ}

• Supermodel Claudia Schiffer is reportedly launching her own fashion line next month! The collection will drop winter 2011. {WWD}

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Zac Efron and his beard.
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Zac Efron's facial hair has really grown in, ever since he started growing a beard in August. Bye-bye, baby face! Do you like his manly look? {People StyleWatch}

Nicola Formichetti, the stylist behind a number of Lady Gaga's most notable looks, has been named creative director for Thierry Mugler. CONGRATS! {Nicola Formichetti's Blog}

• Now that she's no longer filming The Hills, Kristin Cavallari had plenty of time to scope out New York Fashion Week! She's dropped by shows for Badgley Mischka, Carlos Miele, and Betsey Johnson to name just a few. Busy girl! {FabSugar}

Lindsay Lohan is Fornarina's spokesmodel again, and this time she's sporting darker hair. {Styleite}

• Late sample deliveries caused the Olsen twins to delay their spring fashion week presentation! The duo will now show their collection at Paris Fashion Week. {Fashionista}

• Designer Stella McCartney, a favorite of celebs such as Gwyneth Paltrow, Ke$ha, and Kelly Osbourne, is launching a kids' line. Oh, to be young again. {WWD}

Emily Weiss, former Hills star and Teen Vogue intern, launched a beauty blog full of insider tips from editors, stylists, and models! {Into the Gloss}

Gossip Girl is back! Check out this crazy braided bun that Blake Lively's sporting. {Bella Sugar}

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Lady Gaga in Franc Fernandez at the Video Music Awards.
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Jaws dropped when Lady Gaga took the stage at the 2010 Video Music Awards last night wearing meat from head to toe. And, surprise — her VMA meat dress was made with REAL MEAT! Franc Fernandez, the Los Angeles-based designer/artist behind the dress, confirmed that it was real meat when we caught up with him this morning. But now that we know it's REAL, we're left with so many more burning questions for Franc Fernandez! Did it smell? Was it bloody? Was it heavy? Was Lady Gaga comfortable? So, we chatted with designer Franc Fernandez tonight to find out all the juicy details. Find out everything you ever wanted to know about Lady Gaga's meat dress below! Read More...

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Lady Gaga in Franc Fernandez at the Video Music Awards.
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Lady Gaga's meat dress was by far the most outrageous fashion moment of the 2010 Video Music Awards last night. It was her third and final outfit change of the night (she wore it to accept her Moonman for Video Of The Year), and definitely the most insane. But the bigger question is — was Lady Gaga's meat dress real?

The answer is YES.

The designer behind the dress is Franc Fernandez. And when we chatted with him this morning, he told us: "The dress is indeed real meat from my family butcher. Glad it went so well." Franc Fernandez showed off how he created the look on his blog this morning, and it's a work of art. (Lady Gaga's stylist, Nicola Formichetti, was the one who styled the look.)

So why meat? It's symbolic ...

Franc Fernandez's design of Lady Gaga's meat dress at the Video Music Awards.
Photo: Courtesy of Franc Fernandez's Blog

On why Lady Gaga chose a meat dress, she told Ellen DeGeneres that it was a symbolic choice: "Well, it is certainly no disrespect to anyone that is vegan or vegetarian. As you know, I am the most judgment-free human being on the earth. However, it has many interpretations, but for me this evening ... If we don't stand up for what we believe in and if we don't fight for our rights, pretty soon we're going to have as much rights as the meat on our own bones. And I am not a piece of meat."

Lady Gaga in Franc Fernandez at the Video Music Awards.
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Lady Gaga in Franc Fernandez hat and purse at the 2010 VMAs.
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