Fashion Focus: Gaga’s back

The cover imagery for Lady Gaga's new album Pop Art

The cover imagery for Lady Gaga’s new album Pop Art

LADY Gaga is known for her elaborate sense of fashion, for creating her own concepts and for being extremely provocative with her lyrics and music videos.

Ever since she hit the big time back in 2008 with her single ‘Just Dance’ and her first album ‘The Fame’ I have followed her with fascination and slight obsession.

Any of her fans will know that it has been two years since she released her last album ‘Born this Way’ which is quite some time for most artists however Gaga tends to release a lot of the singles from her albums and they tend to have a long shelf life.

There is also the fact that she has just recently recovered from major hip surgery after breaking her hip.

She is constantly reinventing her image and creates a new concept for each single and an overall theme for each album.

We have seen Gaga in everything from a meat dress, bubble outfit and lobster hat but this time we will see her in her most shocking look yet; minimalism. The first images I saw of Gaga with what can only be described as ‘normal’ hair, very little makeup and elegant clothing I had to do a double take because I just couldn’t believe it was her.

I am not entirely sure of the concept behind this new stripped back look but perhaps it’s because there are only so many crazy styles she can work that it’s almost unusual to see her looking normal.

One thing that hasn’t changed is her obsession with outfits; she has been known to change up to twelve times a day.

It is not surprising that her friend and former stylist Nicola Fomichetti had to call time on their collaboration to concentrate on his new career as creative director at Diesel as he just couldn’t keep up with her high demands.
That isn’t to say the pair have parted friendship, they are still close friends but no longer working together due to Fomichetti’s new career path, which is much more demanding.

Her new album ‘Pop Art’, which is due for release in November has a mass of influences from her music icons such as Madonna and Janet Jackson to artistic influences such as Botticelli’s ‘Birth of Venus’ and Cinematic influences such as ‘Caberet’, ‘The Black Swan’, ‘Alice in Wonderland’, ‘The Seventh Seal’ and 1920’s German Expressionist Cinema.

She has already released the single ‘Applause’ from the album and rumour has it that other singles will include a tribute to fashion designer Donatella Versace called ‘Donnatella’, a song entitled Gypsy, and the continuation of ‘Telephone’, which I have personally been eagerly awaiting since the ending of the last video stated “to be continued”.
Gaga loves to tease her fans with little snippets of what to expect and having seen the new video I am excited to see what the rest of the album will bring.

I am particularly interested to see what the ode to Donatella will be like and of course how ‘Telephone’ will end up after the ‘Thelma and Louise style’ finish to the last video.

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