Category Archives: Lady Gaga

GLAM OR SHAM?: Lady Gaga at the Grammys



Lady Gaga’s dress from Armani Prive looks like it hurts. Between the plastic web design and spiky star, somebody could get lost, strangled and cut by this gown. 


In true Lady Gaga fashion, she paired it with crystal embroidered tights and shoes, blonde and daffodil yellowish hair and bubblegum pink lips. 


What do we think, Glamazons? Glam or a Sham?


UPDATE: I spoke too soon. Just when I thought Lady Gaga gave us all the jaw-dropping Gaga-ness she could muster, the camera panned the audience and I saw this.


Another Armani Prive creation specifically made for the star, that truly belonged in an alien movie. A silver headpiece and jacket that looked like what the Statue of Liberty would wear to a drag ball competition. Gaga paired them with her favorite crystal embroidered tights and heelless shoes. Her makeup in all its pale and bold pink glory is oddly fitting. 



Lady Gaga and Fashion God, Giorgio Armani, had this to say about the memorable collaboration:



Giorgio Armani says, “We hear Lady Gaga’s music everywhere we go. It is like a soundtrack of our times. In addition to her formidable songwriting skills, she is a modern fashion phenomenon. I am delighted to be creating these outfits on such an important night for her, the Grammys, and I wish her the best of luck.”
 
Sharing Mr. Armani’s enthusiasm, Lady Gaga adds,
“I am honored to be wearing Armani this evening. The series of pieces Mr. Armani created for me are truly iconic; they represent not only beautiful fashion, but my spirit and essence as an artist. Mr. Armani is a fashion legend, and tonight would not have been the same without his touch, and his wonderful team.”  


Lady Gaga is a superhero in my comic book and her performance, which opened the show, proves it. Alongside the legendary Sir Elton John, Lady Gaga sang “Speechless” and John’s “Your Song.” It was a stirring, epic performance that set the bar high for the rest of the show (did anyone else live up to it? I wasn’t blown away by any other artist).


At 62 and decked out in a Giorgio Armani black tuxedo and a pair of Giorgio Armani custom-made, Swarovski-encrusted sunglasses, Sir Elton John was right at home in Gaga’s glittery, filthy spectacle. Their chemistry made for a magical show. Check the video below:





So we know we can always expect a futuristic, over-the-top costume from Lady Gaga, but do these Armani looks measure up? What’s the verdict, Glam or a Sham?

Top Five Fashion Fails of 2009

Hey Glamazons,

While 2009 was the year of affordable designer collaborations and tough-luxe style, it also brought us hammer pants, nipple pasties and designs from Lindsey Lohan (scary!!).

Now that the year has come to a close, we’re nominating the Top Five Fashion Fails of 2009 that MUST be left behind. All disobedient readers of this post won’t make it past the end of January. Yes, that is a threat.

FASHION FAIL #1 – Skinny Jeans for Men

Yes – baggy jeans died with gangster rap in the 90’s but that shouldn’t mean that men can parade around in stretch jeans with 5% lycra. There’s no valid reason that your jeans should be tighter than a Kim Kardashian dress.

A fitted look (not too baggy, not too tight) is ideal. Here’s the test: If you can’t get into your jeans without shimmying or sitting on the bed to pull yourself in, you have failed at life.

Besides the obvious hygiene issue (I mean isn’t breathability a necessity for you guys?), it’s unfair for me to have to pretend like you don’t notice me noticing the unsightly bulge threatening to bust through all that lycra for a breath of fresh air.

And if skinny jeans for women look best with stilettos—because they make your feet appear smaller, how do you think you look with the boat-sized, giant shoes you pair with your skinnies? Disaster.com. Please do better. FAIL.


FASHION FAIL #2 – Harem Pants

Wearing harem pants didn’t make you look exotic, fashion-forward or sensual. You looked like you had an adult diaper sewn into the seat of your pants and wore them with a purse and stilettos.

We tried to give you advice, but you wouldn’t listen. We clearly said: look for harem pants that aren’t super baggy. Never did we suggest to have extra material flowing in the wind like a Tyra weave. But the bigger the pants, the more you liked them.

Unwieldy and just unflattering, these pants were nothing short of hideous and just wouldn’t go away for the better part of 2009. Try as we might, we couldn’t feel sorry for the otherwise beautiful people that put on an upside down parachute and Louboutins as though it was attractive.

If Hammer wore them and lost all his money, and they made Beyonce look crazy, why would you think they’d work for us normal folks? FAIL.

FASHION FAIL #3 – Leotard

Please don’t hate me for saying this, but putting on a leotard won’t magically make your legs appear like Beyonce’s or Amber Rose’s.

Those dimples that were there before—but thankfully hidden under jeans—will be free for everyone to see in your leotard and boots. And if your legs look like toothpicks, a leotard will make it appear like you’re walking on stilts. Just not okay.

Besides the fact that unless you’re coming off the stage from a (real) Fosse performance or walking down Hunter’s point, there’s no acceptable reason to be out in a leotard and hooker boots in public. Since when is it okay to come out before you finished getting dressed?

Please do better next year. FAIL.


FASHION FAIL #4 – Ed Hardy

When Ed Hardy the designer won’t even wear Ed Hardy, you know you have a problem. At one point, the trendy, edgy, tattooed designs were selling like Susan Boyle. Now they’re collecting dust in the stores along with Rihanna’s CD (I kid!).

Truthfully, once the crop of cool, bad kids stopped wearing Ed Hardy designs, and the Snookies and Situations of the world started buying them in bulk, there was nothing anyone could do to help. They were banished to No-Man’s land where old Fubu, Mecca and Iceberg garments go to die.

Ed Hardy, get a new Creative Director, makeover, celebrity spokesperson and maybe you can return (a la Phat Farm). If not, FAIL.

FASHION FAIL #5 – Spandex

Please Lord let my days of seeing liquid leggings stuffed to the brim with thigh meat be far behind. I cannot, in good faith, endure the sight of women in black liquid leggings that, as some guy on Twitter said, look like walking oil spills.

And Nicki Minaj, camel toe is a vicious, evil, ungodly vision—and one of many signs that you need to pry yourself out of the leggings (we know they took forever to get on) and do away with them for 2010.

Other signs? Repeat trips to the gyno (as again, breathability is essential to health!). When the waistband and seams leave a red imprint on your stomach and legs (Yes, this happens. It’s like you held your legs in a chokehold all day. That’s gotta leave a bruise). FAIL.


What do you think Glamazons? Am I wrong to curse the day that Ed Hardy and Unisex Skinny Jeans became a trend? What Fashion Fails did I miss? Speak now…so we don’t have to suffer through another decade of bad fashion.

Kisses,

Coutura

Would you wear…Lady Gaga-inspired fashions?


I’m serious.

If you’ve ever wanted to dress in a deranged, theatrical, avante-garde, alien-inspired look like Lady Gaga, you might want to see a therapist. I kid! Now, you have your chance.

The pop star has collaborated with Not Just a Label, to sell the looks she’s worn in videos, concerts and press appearances! Yes, everything from her famously odd costumes to her couture-chic eyewear is up for sale.

Go to Not Just a Label to buy the looks (below), which range from the silver Paparazzi Eye Patch to her Bad Romance lace half-hat. And if you don’t have the courage to wear her cape on a dinner date, atleast it will make for a show-stopping Halloween costume.

Just kidding! I love what Lady Gaga has done for fashion. I applaud her for having the courage to experiment with style and to flaunt a gloriously unique point of view in her fashion choices. At the same time, though it’s entertaining to look at, I would never pay a whopping $975 for a pair of box trousers (that’s what the store is calling those gravity-defying, hippy creations below). And even if they were $50, I wouldn’t wear them anywhere except, let’s say, a Lady Gaga concert.




And for kicks, here are some of her most head-scratching ensembles this year (including what she wore to meet the Queen!). It’s like watching a train crash: you know it’s disastrous, but you just can’t look away!






Turns out a whole cast of designers will create Lady Gaga-inspired looks on the January 6th episode of Bravo’s Launch My Line just in case you are in need of some more avante garde fashions.
Kisses,

Coutura

Glam or a Sham: AMA’s

Hey Glamazons!

By now, we’ve all seen and heard about the spectacles at Sunday’s American Music Awards that everyone is talking about: Jennifer Lopez falling on her ass-et (what’s more appalling to me is performing a “Louboutin” song not wearing Louboutins), Adam Lambert making out with a man, Jay-Z taking an alleged jab at 50 Cent while Chris Brown tweets “Cornball” and Q-Tip tweets about “cocky rappers.”


But to me, the fashion was just as troubling.

While some celebrities looked beautiful, others took fashion risks that didn’t quite pay off (Rihanna) or made amateur style faux pauxs (Whitney, where was your shapewear?).

Take a look at the celebrities that made us turn heads or scratch our heads and give your verdict: Glam or a Sham?


We loved Whitney Houston’s ruched white gown but a Spanx would’ve smoothed out her (tiny) tummy.


Not at all crazy about Rihanna’s Marchesa ballgown with floral cut-outs, and Easter Sunday ready white Mary Jane pumps. However, the red cat eyes (and Neil Lane jewelry) were everything.Bold

We think Rihanna’s body is AMAZING but the Fifth Element meets Amber Rose bandaged suit was way too much for us.


Lady Gaga’s antics always amuse but the unsightly strap over her panties looks like a diaper or holster. Odd…not in a good way.

Alicia Key’s Armani Prive dress was adorable, fresh and sexy. We love how she highlighted her amazing legs and kept her Lorraine Schwartz jewelry simple and stunning.


Her fall may be the talk of the town, but Jennifer Lopez’s Marchesa feathery dress with beaded bodice totally makes up for it.


I live for Fergie’s studded Armani Prive gown. Equal parts daring and dazzling.


Does it get any chicer than Shakira’s yellow Versace minidress and Lorraine Schwartz jewels? Note to Rihanna: this is how cut-outs should be done.


I think the Biker Chic trend is completely overdone here. And Leona Lewis’ soft hairstyle with cascading ringlets seems out of place when paired with her leather Vivienne Westwood dress, chains AND a three-finger ring. Not a fan.


We thought Mary J. Blige looked elegant but a tad too dressy for the event. Nonetheless, her expertly-styled blonde cut was the perfect complement to her glowing skin.


We loved Keri Hilson’s sparkly Louise Golden minidress and Alaia booties. She always gets it right.


Though some critics feel Toni Braxton’s dress is a bit too revealing for a 40-something star, I think her gown—and body—look stunning. The messy updo, on the other hand, is not red-carpet friendly. And she could’ve put that boy in a suit.


I think velvet is always a controversial choice, but when done right, it looks expensive and dapper. Jay-Z slightly misses the mark, in my opinion, with the brown color.

What do you think about these looks, Glamazons? Glam or a Sham?

Kisses,

Coutura

Glam or a Sham: Lady Gaga and Beyonce’s Video Phone Remix

Hey Glamazons!!
The internet is abuzz with praise and criticism for the latest video from pop Queen, Beyonce, featuring the incredible Lady Gaga. While we’re still partial to Lady Gaga’s amazing Bad Romance vid, we adore Beyonce’s outfit changes, the dance sequence and both ladies’ phenomenal physiques. Hubba Hubba, indeed.
Still, there’s been a lot of flack about the video, which only leaked yesterday night. Among the many complaints, here were a few that stood out:
-Lady Gaga isn’t “herself,” in the video but a white version of Beyonce. With one line, one outfit and one scene, why is she even there?
-Beyonce’s in-your-face, sex-soaked moves are plain trashy, cheap and reminiscent of “Check on It.” (Someone even said: Strippers should sue for copyright infringement). Even more say it’s irresponsible to her younger fans.
-Beyonce swagger jacked Rihanna’s edgy/dominatrix look.



Hmm…do you agree or disagree with the points above? Check the video out below and give us your verdict. Glam or a Sham?

Video Glam: Lady Gaga’s Bad Romance

Hey Glamazons,

Who else besides Lady Gaga can be glamorous, romantic, dark, futuristic and sexy all in the same video?
Yes, Madonna but that was circa 1984.
Newly crowned Glamazon of the 21st century, Lady Gaga, debuted a mesmerizing video for her ‘Bad Romance’ single with dance sequences, visuals and special effects that are out of this world!!
But let’s talk about the fashions. First, bear witness to the first time any celeb has worn Alexander McQueen’s Spring 2010 shoes. Yes, those shoes that look impossible to walk in (more on that later). Lady Gaga danced in them!

AND the fur coat and Carrera Champion shades she wore (below) are a fashionista’s dream—that only retail for only $120 at Solstice Sunglass boutiques. Fabulous!
Check out the vid, which received the Glamazon Seal of Approval, and tell me that you love it! (P.S. So sad I had to work late and missed her listening party last night – her music is as captivating as her videos, a true entertainer! <— yes, I'm borderline obsessed).
Kisses,
Coutura

Puppet Couture: Marc Jacobs meets Miss Piggy; Harper’s Bazaar visits Sesame Street; Lady Gaga wears Kermit the Frog


Marc Jacob’s newest muse is famous, glamorous and pink from head-to-toe. Who is it, you ask? None other than my childhood idol, Miss Piggy! She had the good fortune of hanging out with the designer in his showroom and previewing his Spring 2010 collection. He even dressed her for Chicago’s Glamorama 2009: A Night of Fashion and Music Tickets. No, I’m not kidding.

Miss Piggy, Kermit and Elmo have each made news in the fashion circuit lately hanging out in designer showrooms, doing photo shoots for magazines and making celebrity appearances. Take a trip down memory lane with Harper’s Bazaar’s Sesame Street spread, Miss Piggy’s modeling stint and Lady Gaga’s Kermit outfit. And can someone please give Mickey and Minnie a makeover? It’s a hundred years overdue. Thanks!

Miss Piggy models Marc Jacobs’ designs and checks out the Spring 2010 collection.



In September’s Harper’s Bazaar, my fave model, Sessilee Lopez, and fashion royalty like Oscar de la Renta and Carolina Herrera visit Sesame Street to celebrate the show’s fortieth anniversary.







And Lady Gaga went on TV in Germany wearing a jacket made completely of Kermit the Frog dolls. I’m disturbed.

Kisses,

Coutura

Photos: Bazaar.com, Mupphet