Here’s something you don’t want to hear in the winter: Layering can go wrong. Very wrong. Ideally, we strive to look balanced and interesting (not like we’re wearing everything we own) and, thankfully, Margaret Zhang acts as our most recent source of inspiration.
While hidden in her one ensemble is possibly two or three other single-layer outfits, the whole is actually so much more rad than any one single piece. Pants under skirt, jacket over top under other jacket…Zhang makes it work by keeping her silhouette slim and streamlined, subtly mixing textures, and adding just the right amount of eye-catching color.
Just when we thought Lady Gaga might be toning things down — what with her recent vow of silence and her more demure appearance lately — we get a peek at the crazy, custom-designed Giorgio Armani costumes she’ll be sporting on the Asian leg of her Born This Way Ball tour. To be honest, we’re a bit relieved. You see, we love that Mama Monster has been exploring her au natural side, but we’d be a bit disappointed to see her on stage without a signature jaw-dropping getup — little monsters expect a show, after all. Not to mention that Korea and Japan are home to some of the world’s most creative and avant-garde fashion icons, meaning Gaga naturally should pull out all the stops to compete.
Thankfully, Armani put aside his usual clean-cut aesthetic to create four out-of-this-world (literally) outfits for our favorite pop star, featuring a bodysuit made out of dismembered instruments and a headpiece reminiscent of the aliens from Alien Vs. Predator. As an added bonus, three of these getups don’t come with pants, so Gaga can still wear them on her new SoulCycle. Because really, it’s those little comforts that get you through a long tour.
Click through to see Gaga’s latest stage outfits, and let us know what you think below. Are you into the looks Armani has made, or were you hoping for something more toned-down?
Photo: Courtesy of Giorgio Armani
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Isabel Cafaro, Editorial Intern
What I’m Wearing: "The Sweater and tights are from H&M, the shorts are from Forever 21, and my boots are from a random store near my apartment in Chelsea (don't know its name — sorry!)."
My New Year’s Resolution: “To eat healthier! More leafy greens, no carbs with protein, fewer sweets, and no more junk food. I know it’s only been a week into the new year, but so far, so good.”
My first big purchase in 2012: “I was curious and went to check out Joe Fresh, since it’s sold in grocery stores where I’m from in Canada. I ended up buying an entire outfit! They have a lot of cute things and they’re great for basics.”
The one movie I can watch endlessly on repeat: “I’m a huge film buff, so this is a really hard question to answer! But, I have to say I can watch Frida over and over. I love the art, the costumes, and the music — and Julie Taymor is one of my favorite directors.”
Remember when you used to wear StrideRite sneakers like you were the coolest kid on the block? Well, it looks like times have changed. Seriously, if you were a kid today, your sense of fashionable footwear would be, well, totally be out. Eddie Quintana of Sesame Step Shoes in Miami tells WWD that these days, kids are trading in their light-up sneaks for designer Kenneth Cole ballet flats.
We’re glad Miami kids are giving up their Velcro sandals, really, we are. But we’re just not sure how we feel about that fact that kids (and not just Suri) potentially have more designer pieces than we do. Other top sellers include metallic Sperry topsiders and Umi girls’ driving moccasins. And at the Nordstrom in Village of Merrick Park, little girls are falling for retro Converse sneaks and the TOMS’ give-back options (hey at least the big spending is for a cause!). What do you think? Designer shoes: totally kid-friendly, or way too spendy?
Guess it’s time we up our designer shoe game, when little girls glitter flats are outshining your footwear.
Photo: Via Zappos.
Alex Gurule, Marketing Associate
What I’m Wearing: "Zara jacket, H&M blouse, Joe's jeans, Guess booties, Madewell bag, and a horseshoe necklace from Tiffany's I wear every day (a gift from my mom)."
Dish That I’m Looking Forward To Cooking/Baking: “These gingerbread snowflake cookies, which I most likely want to make because they’re sparkly.”
At The Top Of My Wish-List This Holiday: “An entire day at the spa (hope my boyfriend reads this): Facial, massage, mani/pedi, the works.”
My Winter Beauty Ritual: “Not glamorous, but I always carry Aquaphor. Works wonders for dry skin.”