Lady Gaga: Fashion Forward or Crazy as Hell?
Judging by the way Twitter (follow me! @DCStreetwear) lit up like crazy, ya’ll watched MTV’s Video Music Awards in droves. The tribute to Michael Jackson was excellent, Beyoncé did me proud, and Jennifer Lopez showed up looking randomly fly….but, I feel the need to comment on something that disturbed me.
No, it was not a drunken Kanye’s rude-yet-undeniably-true rant that has left his Wikipedia vandalized and his career up in the air.
It was Lady Gaga’s wardrobe.
Lady Damn Gaga.
The “Paparazzi” singer was in full costume from the red carpet to the afterparty. She had four, count ‘em, four costume changes, which all included feathers, Elizabethian necklines, lace or dramatic headdresses.
The most interesting of them all HAD to be the getup that she wore while accepting her award for Best New Artist. It was short and made completely of bright red lace, with matching red underwear and a ten-inch high headdress. Oh yeah, and the red lace covered up her entire face for the beginning of her slurred acceptance speech.
I felt like I was being possessed.
(Sidebar-Why was everybody so intoxicated at the VMA’s? Did they pass out bottles of Hennessey at the door?)
According to MTV, however, her attire was perfect. In fact, homegirl is on her way to being a fashion icon…
NEW YORK — Lady Gaga certainly made a fashion statement — or four — at the VMAs on Sunday night. The new princess of pop donned four very original and different numbers that had the fashion community buzzing the next day. Is Lady Gaga a new fashion icon? Maybe not yet, but experts MTV News spoke with at Fashion Week can agree that she certainly is fashion-forward — and on her way to icon status.
Celebrity stylist Robert Verdi said Gaga’s debut at the VMAs has her poised to join some of the greatest women in pop music. “I actually love her,” he said. “I think there have been these moments in the canon of fashion history and music history that have been very important and are marked by Cher, Madonna and now Lady Gaga. I think the all-white one [from her performance] is interesting. It’s kind of a modern-day version of Madonna’s ‘Like a Virgin’ [look].”
And although I loves me some Lady Gaga, I have to wonder–is looking crazy the only way to be fashion forward? What happened to the days of “less is more,” and saving the costumes for the stage?
Yes, she’s unique. She’s known for being “avant-garde” and “orginal,” plus she has a huge voice packed into her little frame…but when your dress covers your face like you’re an extra in a Harry Potter movie, I have to call a time out….
Maybe she is the next Cher, or Madonna, and I’m just too close-minded to get behind it. Or maybe she really is a few cookies short of a lunch.