Katy Perry at the 2012 ECHO Awards.
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At last night's German 2012 ECHO Awards, two lovely American pop stars you may have heard of, Katy Perry and Lana Del Rey, graced the red carpet and the stage. Both ladies, being the notorious fashionistas that they are, turned it out for the celebratory event, decking themselves out in shimmering silver ensembles.
Katy hit the step and repeat in a metallic faceted Paco Rabanne. The body-con mini with graph-like panelling covering the entire frock was très flattering, and her rolled cerulean hair kicked the shock factor up a notch. For her performance on "Part Of Me," Katy pulled her hair back into a high pony with loooong crimped extension and slinked into a sheer bodysuit with spindly silver details, a thick metallic waistband, and large black knee guards (presumably more for function/safety than fashion).
Models walk the runway during the Paco Rabanne Spring 2012 Paris Fashion Week show.
Avant-garde fashion is all about audacity and spectacle but rarely does it make it to life off the runway—that is unless you're a pop star. If there's one happy marriage between fashion and music, it has to be CRAZY OUTFITS. (Admit it, we love them!) And if there's any current pop star who brings the most innovative, arresting, talked about creations to LIFE it's Lady Gaga (of course). Mother Monster has turned edgier designers into superstars overnight (hello, Sally LaPointe and Asher Levine), and if her recent appearance at this year's 2011 EMA is any indication, the newly resurrected 1960s label, Paco Rabanne, is about to experience a SURGE in popularity. Our lady wore five different Rabanne outfits to the awards show and all of them were CRAZY AWESOME. We're talking a floor-length gown made of silver squares, giant cylindrical dresses that resembled metallic coffee filters, and a GORGE teal-green lady suit topped with a disc hat that completely covered her face. We're expecting the house of Paco Rabanne to be the next big thing even though it's been around for more than 40 years. Thus, here are five very important things you need to know about the former designer, the new designer, and why Lady Gaga is all up in its biz.
Lady Gaga poses backstage with her awards for Best Video, Best Song, Best Female, and Biggest Fans during the 2011 MTV EMA on Nov. 6, 2011, in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
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Silvery space-age scales, maroon doilies, a giant accordion-style coffee filter, cylindrical face-covering hats, and undulating kale. THIS is what makes an awards appearance by Lady Gaga so special. SHE NEVER DISAPPOINTS! And her presence at this year's MTV Europe Music Awards (aka EMA) as both a performer and nominee (and multiple awards winner) was also another WIN for the Haus of Gaga style cannon. Mother Monster took home four awards, including—her personal fave—the Biggest Fans award. She was also, in our humble opinion, the best style slayer of the night, and her various looks all seemed to follow a similar theme, one we'd like to call FUTURISTIC ALIEN WARRIOR PRINCESS. With ALL outfits by Paco Rabanne, hats by the GENIUS Philip Treacy, with squadrons of dancers wearing Void Of Course (which you may remember from the dildo shoe incident of yore [THANK YOU, NICOLA FORMICHETTI FOR THE CREDITS!]), and that body-con, to-the-floor, silver scaled gown above topped with a multilayered side-pony and a gaggle of matching trophies? Well that's just the beginning, folks.