Katy Perry performs 'Roar' and 'Walking On Air' on Saturday Night Live.
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ICYMI, Katy Perry was the musical guest on Saturday Night Live this weekend, and she put on a SHOW, you guys. The pop star sang two songs off her upcoming album, Prism (which rolls out on October 22nd), and per uzhe, she did not shy away from onstage theatrics. Many musicians tend to use the studio’s compact performance space as an opportunity to strip down their typical set and get back to basics—but let’s be honest: there’s nothing “basic” about the woman who brought us a boxing ring under the Brooklyn Bridge.
It's no secret that Katy Perry loves Halloween. She loves it almost as much as we do. Last year alone she wore a vampire costume and dressed as Jane Lane from Daria. (Way to make the rest of us look bad with our one costume, KP.) Katy loves Halloween so much she launched her own costume shop within her official merch store. There's a "Roar" music video costume and a "Roar" single Sukajan jacket that we're O-B-S-E-S-S-E-D with, but here at MTV Style we like to do things our own way, which is why we've assembled three Katy Perry costumes of our own.
QUEEN OF THE JUNGLE, 'ROAR' MUSIC VIDEO KATY PERRY
You're not stranded in the jungle like Katy Perry in her 'Roar' video but you can look like you are.
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Katy sports several jungle-friendly looks in her "Roar" video (we broke down the entire thing here, BTW), but it's her final palm skirt, leopard print crop top, floral crown look that deserves recognition. The lady is adaptable: her plane crashed in the jungle and she looks like this! Since crop tops and floral headbands are so ~in~ right now, both can be found pretty easily in stores and online. The skirt, on the other hand, will require a bit of craftiness, but it'll all be worth it when you can say to people, "See this? I made it. I'm a regular ol' Martha Stewart over here." You'll need to cut the green table cloth into strips, tie each one around a ribbon, and then tie the ribbon around your waist. If Queen Katy can look like that in the jungle, you should be able to look even better: you have technology and scissors on your side!
+ Top: ASOS Mix and Match Halter Leopard Print Bikini Top ($32.04)
+ Floral Crown: ASOS Bouquet Garland Headband ($17.80)
+ Ribbon: Papermart Satin Finish Ribbon ($6.76)
+ Tablecloth: PaperGoods Lime Green Rectangle Plastic Table Cover ($1.29)
Katy Perry on Good Morning America.
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OMG, more Katy Perry news, y'all. The Katy Perry promo train is one that makes infrequent stops: time to get on board. Katy was on Good Morning America this AM to promote "Roar" and her upcoming release, Prism. Continuing her theme of dressing in florals, Katy was decked out in a tight green dress with daisies printed all over it. She grunged the dress up with black knee socks and shiny maroon Doc Martens. Her hair, which is currently black, was up in very Heidi-chic milkmaid braids; she accessorized very simply with large gold hoops, though they're def not as large as BFF Rihanna's. They're, like, 1/8th the size of Rihanna's.
A still from Katy Perry's "Roar" video.
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Ahh, the official video for "Roar" is here, KatyCats and everyone else in the world! After giving us a taste of what to expect and performing it live for the first time at the VMAs, we have our first video from post-"California Gurls" era Katy Perry. She's traded in her former candyland home for a jungle and she is thriving. Katy undergoes a may-jah transformation in the video, from button-uped plane passenger to tiger taming jungle queen, so we rounded-up all of her looks for you to peruse. Halloween is next month, just sayin'.
Katy Perry flies through the jungle in her teaser for "Roar."
After closing out the 2013 VMAs last night under a rather famous bridge, Katy Perry has taken a very different approach for her new "Roar" teaser: she is in the jungle, swinging from branches, lettin' all her jungle friends—namely, a money and an elephant—know that she is ready to roar. The twenty-second clip doesn't feature much of Katy, but what we can see as she swings across our screens on a vine, is a cheetah print sweetheart neckline bandeau and a skirt constructed of leaves. She's going from Killer Queen to jungle queen.
Katy Perry closes down the 2013 VMAs under the Brooklyn Bridge.
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That's a wrap, y'all. Katy Perry ended the 2013 VMAs by performing "Roar" in a boxing ring, under the Brooklyn bridge. Like, you do not want to mess with "Roar"-era Katy, she is clearly ready 2 tango. The first performance of "Roar" is very elaborate: there's a boxing ring, sweaty dancers, a spit bucket, and jump rope. It's got it all.
Katy Perry brings her Liv Tyler look to Brooklyn.
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Next stop on the VMA promo train headed straight to Barclays Center? None other than Katy Perry! The singer, who dropped her new single "Roar," yesterday will be joining Lady Gaga and Kanye West and giving us a show. In case you missed it, the spot features Katy emerging from a manhole and heading in to the subway, loyal KatyCats (and a real tiger), behind her. Miley showed us how she'll be getting to the show, and now Katy is letting us know she's ditching her gold-plated Prism truck for the subway. How very Jay Z of her.
As we've seen, Katy has undergone a may-jah evolution in her VMA looks—she always brings it big time, and this year will certainly be no different. The teasers for "Roar" released last week gave us an idea of what this new era Katy would look like: darker and full of animal print.
That's right, Katy Cats! Your fearless ruler Katy Perry (she likes to go by "Mom") is headed for the 2013 Video Music Awards. Filling out an already star-studded lineup (so far including Lady Gaga and Kanye West), Katy will use her VMA appearance Sunday, August 25, at 9 p.m. ET at Brooklyn's Barclays Center for the premier live performance of her brand new single, "Roar." KP's been a VMA mainstay since her One Of The Boys mainstream debut, so in honor of her history-making homecoming (and in anticipation of what "new" Katy will wear for her performance, we're taking a look back at her VMA style evolution. Leggo!
2008: PIN-UP PERRY
Katy Perry at the 2008 MTV Video Music Awards.
It's been a minute since we were first introduced to this version of KP: bubbly, blue-eyed and owner of one of the summer's hottest (in more ways than one) singles "I Kissed A Girl." For her breakout VMA appearance in 2008, Katy went for a red carpet look that mirrored the boudoir feel of her music video: a white satin bustier top with a demi halter neck and silver star embellishments, peach satin hotpants with maribou feather adornments, metallic fuschia round-toe pumps, and a glittery hard case clutch decorated with star-spangled rhinestones. Her lips were red, her liquid liner pristine, and she had a bow-shaped barrette in her hair.
Katy Perry's "Roar" cover art.
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As we all know by now, the Katy Perry of yesteryear is gone. She has burned all vestiges of her past, laughed at those who mourn the California Gurls era Katy Perry, and was sure to let us know that even the
Katycats around her can expect to be transformed. Katy's British fans won't be able to own Roar until September 8 (it comes out on Monday in the U.S.), but as a consolation, she tweeted out the UK iTunes pre-order link, which revealed the cover art. The color palette is very Lisa Frank (as MTV News' James Montgomery suggests), but we also detect a hint of Drive in its vaguely late '80s/early '90s-ness. I mean, is that or is that not the most satin bomber jacket in pop culture of late?
A still from Katy Perry's 'Roar' teaser video.
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R.I.P. "California Gurls"-era Katy Perry. The KP we all knew and loved died today: she was killed by the new (improved? IDK) "Roar"-era Katy Perry. "California Gurls" Perry was a long-time resident of Candyfornia and best known for her bright purple and blue wigs, whipped cream bra, and love of all things sweet. The former era saw the release of Katy's third studio album, Teenage Dream, which provided six singles, including the eponymous "Teenage Dream" and Fourth of July staple "Firework" (which garnered its own spark-shooting bra). California Gurls Katy Perry also released a 3D movie, Katy Perry: Part of Me, which documented her life on a 126-show worldwide tour, as well as the demise of her marriage to Russell Brand. "California Gurls" Katy Perry was upbeat, colorful, was really into latex, and now, she's gone.