Tuesday, 3 November 2009
Lady Gaga, real name Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, is undoubtedly one of this years highest selling artists who is as well known for her music as her sense of style. I myself am not only a fan of her music, but also of her personal style and unique fashion sense.
In my opinion, Gaga’s fashion sense can be described using one word: daring. Here is a young woman who never blends into the crowds. Never has she been photographed looking casual in jeans, a t-shirt and trainers. Unlike so many other celebrities, she does not give the public a chance to see her ‘off duty’. This particular aspect of her appearance makes her sense of style so difficult to emulate in real life.
However, it is not impossible…
I am obviously not suggesting that we all go into work tomorrow dressed in a leotard, sunglasses and killer heels. Lady Gaga’s outfits in their entirety are not suitable for us mere mortals, commuting on the tube to our office jobs five days out of seven. However there are certain key pieces of Lady Gaga’s ever expanding wardrobe that can be adapted for every day life.
One key element of Gaga’s outfit is the bodysuit or leotard. This 80’s look has become increasingly popular and is available on the high street in a large variety of styles. A plain black body is always a good place to start, this can be worn with pretty much anything, tucked into a bodycon skirt with tights and pumps for daytime or teamed with a pair of glitzy high-waisted sequin trousers for a very ‘now’ look for evening. American Apparel has a great range of bodies, ranging from a plain black cami style for £22 to a black lace number for £32 that Gaga herself would be proud of.
The bodycon trend doesn’t seem to be going away anytime soon and has numerous updates for AW09. Topshop has a selection of bodies including ones in velvet and sequin materials that are a great update for your wardrobe.
Continuing with the subject of bodycon, Gaga is often pictured in pvc and leather clothing. I am sure the idea of wearing pvc, commonly associated with bondage gear and THAT Britney catsuit leaves most people running scared, but leather-look clothing is versatile and can easily be worn in the daytime without making you look like a fetishist! The ‘glam rock chic’ look is big for AW09 and is increasingly popular with other celebrities including Kate Moss and Cheryl Cole who have both been photographed in a pair of leather trousers.
A leather look skirt is a safe place to start. Gaga herself has been seen wearing wet look leather skirts in black and pink and whilst she teams hers with a bra style top and other leather accessories the leather skirt can look a lot more casual and on trend with a rock-chic style t-shirt, ankle boots and some heavy duty jewelry, such as a statement silver cuff and a multi-chain necklace.
Many of Lady Gaga’s outfits are all about volume. Big shoulders, peplum skirts and statement accessories. Structure is key, and there is little fluid movement in her clothing. Volume and structure are particularly key for AW09 and there is a wide variety of evening and work wear available to reflect this. The below picture shows the lady herself in a structured pink dress, and there are many similar styles available in stores at the moment. ASOS do a great structured strapless dress in burgundy for £100 that would be perfect for a Gaga-inspired look at a Christmas party.
If you’d rather not emphasize your hips, then shoulder detail is another look favored by Gaga. Miss Selfridge are currently selling a number of exaggerated shoulder dresses that would be perfect worn with tights and heels for a smart work look or with big jewels and platform heels for a night out.
Although very few of us will ever be lucky enough to live the life that Lady Gaga lives, we can all learn from her original and edgy look and constant reinvention of her style. One suggestion though, leave the blood-stained costumes and full face masks to the Lady herself.