Katy Perry on the cover of 'Marie Claire.'
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Katy Perry continues her grunge-gone-light phase on the cover of Marie Claire, wearing a lilac leather jacket, matching skirt, and safety-pin necklace. Her hair is, if you haven't noticed, very black these days. It matches her crop top and smoky eye and is mussed to perfection.
With the exception of her Prismatic performance outfits, which have Katy swaddled in every color at once, KP has been dressing primarily in darker shades (black, bordeaux, black, navy, did we say black?) since starting press for Prism. Maybe she's in mourning for her "California Gurls" alter ego? Or maybe she just likes black? On this cover, though, she's styled in pastels (kinda springy for a January cover, amirite?), and we're reminded of a time not long ago when all she wore were bright colors. Even on her head.
L to R: Katy Perry at the Unicef Snowflake Ball in 2013 and 2012.
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While most people break out their winter coats when December rolls around, Katy Perry unleashes pieces from her cape collection. Last night, the "Roar" songstress attended the Unicef Snowflake Ball in a deep red dress by Naeem Khan. As we were admiring her gold-embroidered cape and applauding her for pulling off such a difficult style, we were like, "HOLD UP. Are we having déjà vu?" Upon further research, we realized that Katy not only wore a cape to the same event last year, but she again wore a similarly haltered dress by Naeem Khan. Maybe the Snowflake Ball invite suggests capes, and she's the only one following directions?
When we realized that the 2013 American Music Awards would showcase a whopping 16 live performances, we knew we were in for a grip of exciting brand new performance outfits. What we forgot about (momentarily) was that the stacked set list ALSO meant the red carpet would be full of high-octane #FASHUN. The stars turned it our for the AMAs step-and-repeat, and we're breaking down our favorite looks of the night.
TAYLOR SWIFT IN JULIEN MACDONALD
Taylor Swift at the 2013 American Music Awards.
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Taylor Swift may have skipped the stage this time around, but she still won big. No, not just by looking drop dead in that glittering gold Julien MacDonald minidress. T.Swizzle also took home the award for Artist of the Year as well as Favorite Female Country Artist and Favorite Country Album.
Katy Perry performs at the 2013 American Music Awards.
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OHHH. So, THAT'S what her cherry blossom mic was all about. Katy Perry opened the AMAs with a dramatic performance of her new single, "Unconditionally," and we're starting to get the impression that she's ~quite~ the film buff. I mean, her music video for the song was FILLED with movie refs and now this? Pass the popcorn, girl. In what appeared to be a direct nod to book-turned-movie, Memoirs of a Geisha, Perry wore a light pink flower-covered kimono (which matched her mic) and danced with a purple floral parasol (which matched the purple flowers in her hair). So much matching. The set was made to resemble Japan, with cherry blossom flowers falling from the sky throughout the duration of her performance.
Katy Perry on the 2013 American Music Awards red carpet.
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Katy Perry was all KINDS of coordinated for her red carpet arrival at the 2013 American Music Awards. First of all, before the show she tweeted a photo of a cherry-blossom covered microphone and then she shows up with flowers all over her dress. Granted, the flora on her dress was roses, not cherry blossoms, but HELLO! They were still flowers, OK? Then, we noticed that her voluminous Oscar de la Renta gown, which she described as "polka dotted punk rock," also coordinated with her nails (polka dot) AND her giant statement accessory (a flower-shaped ring). #impressed
Right on the heels of the release of Katy Perry's "Unconditionally" music video, Iggy Azaela sat down with the new COVERGIRL on MTV to talk about the vid, touring, songwriting, and what she would name a cat if it were presented to her (Kiggy, obviously). Both looked fabulous as always.
Iggy skewed very formal for your average interviewer, decked out in her much talked about 2013 EMA cut-out dress by Dilek Hanif, Cartier jewelry, and red Jimmy Choo shoes. Katy, on the other hand, wore a look that was totally different from her turquoise Zac Posen dress, her mirrored performance outfit, and her fishnet/Chanel post-show dress. She opted instead for a short, Peter Pan collar dress from Shibuya 109 in Tokyo, which she paired with black knee socks. (If you're keeping track, that brings her to a total of 4 outfits that night. *wipes sweat off upper lip*
A still from Katy Perry's "Unconditionally" music video.
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Katy Perry really is growing up, y'all! In a stark contrast to her bubblegum Candyfornia image of yesteryear, KP has released the music video for "Unconditionally," the second official single off of her Prism album, and it's super mature and gorgeous (just like her!). Where the lyric video for the track was really stripped down and bare, the full-fledged music video is more about beautiful, rich imagery and symbolism which Katy revealed in her MTV First with Iggy Azalea was meant to express that abstract phenomenon of falling in love—and apparently unconditional love also comes with a swagged out closet of designer goods, so sign us up! We were fortunate enough to catch up with Katy's long-time trusted stylist Johnny Wujek to pick his brain about the ogle-worthy wardrobe and its inspiration.
Katy Perry gets prismatic.
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Yesterday, Katy Perry announced via Twitter that she'll be spanning the globe in 2014 to support her new album, Prism, on the Prismatic World Tour (which kicks off in London in May). Obviously, our response was: MEOW! Also, YAY! The release of Perry's fourth studio album has ushered in a new era of style for the chameleonic singer, who's long been a courageous pioneer of rainbow-colored hair and exaggerated sartorial statements.
Since she first started promoting Prism a few months ago, Katy's typically been rotating three thematic looks: 1.) Tiger Style—which reflects "Roar," her first single off the new album and has been worn for several live performances of the song 2.) '90s Schoolgirl Steez—which is trending HARD right now and is usually rocked during non-performance appearances and 3.) "Perfectly Prismatic," the most literal interpretation of her album title—iridescent, mirrored, a Lisa Frank visual spectacular. So which look will she choose to sport on tour?
Katy Perry on set at her COVERGIRL shoot.
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Now that Katy Perry is the newest face of COVERGIRL, she’s got some business to attend to. We imagine that includes things like experimenting with different shades of eye shadow, creating some sort of prismatic lip-illusion and just generally looking really pretty. Man, life as a COVERGIRL sounds hard, right? *sigh* But before she gets down to the nitty-gritty, Katy decided to have some fun by taking over the cosmetics giant’s Instagram account earlier today and only snapping photos of cats. JK! But that would have been hilarious.
Katy, Miley and Nicki rock Chanel chain belts.
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Most people buy belts to help hold up their pants up or cinch their waist in an over-sized outfit. Celebrities, however, are not most people. Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, Nicki Minaj and Rihanna (see below) have all recently been spotted wearing Chanel chain belts that definitely serve the purpose of #FASHUN over function. I mean, the way these dangling designer links are typically worn—slung low, multi-layered and/or over already snug garments—these “belts” are actually a lot closer to like, really expensive necklaces for your hips.
Of course, no matter how you categorize this particular accessory, it will consistently portrait luxury. A seemingly average outfit is instantly upgraded by the addition of a draped, chain belt and if you happen to have one with those iconic double-c's, well, feel free to flip your hair. (Politely, of course.)