Fashion Yearbook: Lady Gaga

Photo by Stephen Carlile

As we wrap up the spring 2010 semester, we have the opportunity to reflect and measure our lives–no, not in love–but in Lady Gaga’s best and worst ensembles.

The “Poker Face” princess has certainly become a cultural phenomenon: who else could both be voted Best and Worst Dressed at the Shockwaves NME Awards and inspire fans to create cookies showcasing her shocking ensembles? Whether you absolutely adore Gaga and pump up “Bad Romance” on the treadmill or detest her growling “rah rah roma mah mah, gaga ooh la la,” you have to admit when it comes to fashion, Gaga is fearless. This article is dedicated to the Fame Monster in all her freakish, pants-less glory.

BEST:

I have a major soft spot for the early Lady Gaga looks—midnight black, hooded leotardsDavid Bowie lightening bolt makeup, and those unmistakable banged, platinum blond tresses topped with a mini-mouse hair bow. Here are some of my favorite looks:

  • Pretty in (Hot) Pink: Gaga put her own twist on the feminine pretty in pink look in this bubblegum pink, structured cocktail dress for the 2007 Brit Awards. In true Gaga style, the dress boasts a super deep, daring V-neck and its accentuated hips make this girly ensemble a little bit more naughty than nice. Her neon pink lips and white-topped sunglasses also edge out this look.

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Charity, Whiskey, and Rock’n’Roll

Photo by Nicole Zwicker

Holed up in his Birmingham, Alabama apartment, singer-songwriter Matthew Mayfield sits up sifting through lyrics scrawled on bar napkins and melodies at three in the morning, accompanied only by a guitar, his computer, and of course, whiskey.

Despite being an unsigned artist, Mayfield has an exceptionally wide range of fans. He recently played in one of the largest music American festivals, SXSW in Austin Texas, where he scored the number six spot list of the top ten artists with the fastest growing buzz at the festival on music analytics website Next Big Sound.

Since the break-up of his major-label band, Moses Mayfield, in December 2007, Mayfield has gone solo to self-release six EPs entitled The FireFive Chances Remain Hers, Maybe Next Christmas, Better, Breathe Out In BlackMan-Made Machines, and You’re Not Home.

The musician discussed his inspirations, challenges and his own twist on charity-giving in a phone interview.

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Life In Technicolor

Sara Blomqvist photographed by Greg Kessler for Style.com

Fuchsia:

Looking to update your classic cherry red lips? A bold fuchsia mouth is a modern alternative. The hue adds a distinct youthfulness to your look. To recreate this look seen in at Spring 2010 Marc by Marc Jacobs (pictured,) try Revlon Colorburst Lipstick in Fuchsia, $8.99. For less of a matte look, top with NARS Lip Gloss in Easy Lover, $24, or wear the gloss alone for a sheer hot pink.

Also offer yourself a quick fuchsia flash, just swipe Victoria’s Secret Beauty Rush Lip & Cheek Tint, $7, in I Pink I Can over the apples of your cheeks for an instant beauty refresher. I like to use this cheek tint as a pick-me-up whenever my skin looks a bit paler than usual, it always brings a healthy glow to my face.

Orange Crush:

Kasia Struss photographed by Greg Kessler for Style.com

This sunny shade lit up at Prada‘s (pictured) and Giambattisa Valli‘s Spring 2010 runways. This divinely summer shade was painted on the pouts in both shows, and you too can simply slick on the orange-y goodness of Tarte Natural Lip Stain, $24,  in Joy. This lip pencil may look like those chubby crayons you drew stick figures with in grade school, but Crayola has nothing on these fool-proof pencils. The lip pencil is super easy to use and leaves a lasting apricot hue on your lips. Also check out Benefit Georgia Blush, $28, for a soft, feminine peaches and cream glow.

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Fashion Advice from Joaquin Phoenix: Reptiles are a Fashion Don’t

Phoenix circa 2005: Photo by Tony Shek

Actor Joaquin Phoenix, better known for  his bizarre appearance on Letterman and  busting out rap rhymes with hobo hair and hipster shades, emotionally looks into the camera in the latest Peta promotional video and proclaims:

“Did you know that mother snakes keep their eggs warm by wrapping their bodies around them and then shivering to generate heat?”

Although he has since cleaned up his look–and his act, initially,  I could not take Phoenix seriously. My head overflowed with images of grizzly bear bearded Phoenix wavin’ his hands in the air like he just don’t care until the camera pans off of luxury snakeskin shoes and handbags and onto the twitching, severed head of a snake.

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Spring 2010 Trends: Eco-Friendly Edition

I instinctively associate eco-friendly fashions with hemp sweaters, tee shirts with universal messages of peace sprawled across the chest, and boring canvas trousers.

Let’s face it, they’re not know to be the most fashionable garments to ever walk the runway. But for a trendy alternative, check out this head-to-toe guide on how to wear Spring 2010 trends with an eco-friendly twist.

H&M’s Sustainable Garden Collection: Image copyright H&M

TRANSform Me—Beauty in the Transgender Community

Image courtesey of VH1.com

We’ve all seen those ridiculous makeover shows where perfectly manicured stylists educate the less fashionable by telling them not to wear grungy, oversized tee shirts, make their little makeover project cry because they’ve “never felt this beautiful before,” and make the audience laugh with snappy remarks about glitter eyeshadow.

TRANSform Me is VH1’s attempt to put their own fresh spin on that overdone makeover show.

But what makes this show different? No, the Flavor of Love girls are not directing the makeovers and the Tool Academy kids are (unfortunately) not the makeover candidates. The twist is that glam squad consists of three transgender women, the main host: Laverne Cox, the Tyra Banks look-a-like with a pillowy, lacquered lips and a huge horse-like weave who specializes in “heart-to-hearts” (aka making girls cry,) Jamie Clayton, the quirky redhead who acts as makeup guru, and Nina Poon who rounds out the trio acting as the closet-raider.

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This Charming Man: The Legacy of Morrissey & The Smiths

Unless you’re lacking in some serious musical education, you know who Morrissey and The Smiths are. But just in case, I’ll humor those of you who just furrowed your brow thinking “Who?!” The Smiths were a terrific Manchester rock band in the early to late 1980s. They released four studio albums from 1984 to 1987: “The Smiths,” “Meat is Murder,” “The Queen Is Dead,” and “Strangeways, Here We Come.” After their breakup in 1987, lead singer and lyricist, known simply as Morrissey, went solo to release nine studio albums,  most recently, 2009’s “Years of Refusal.”

Why are we so still so obsessed with the man? The sometimes profoundly depressing lyrics? The sometimes gut-wrenching hilarious lyrics? The jangly guitar riffs? The enigma that is Morrissey? In 2002, British music magazine NME named The Smiths the most influential artists of the past 50 years. But why exactly does Morrissey still enrapture us?

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