Fashion Fail at the CFDA Fashion Awards

Gaga, current first lady of dance pop, might’ve been named a fashion icon at the CFDA awards and that green wig might’ve added some nice Andy Warhol-ish pop, but c’mon. If you want to show your boobs, girlfriend, just commit. Don’t practically fall out of your dress. Also, who besides people who get paid in singles wear detachable skirts anymore? And that looks like what could possibly be the wedgie from hell.

Not to be out done, Marcia Cross looks desperate for disco. She’s either auditioning to be a member of Abba, or she will be forced to accept an Abba substitute and join a Mamma Mia production. And now I have “Dancing Queen” stuck on repeat in my head.

What could have made such a pretty dress turned into a disco disaster.

–By Lindsay Ray

Review: Gaga’s Born This Way

“In the most biblical sense, I am beyond repentance…But in the cultural sense I just speak in future tense.”

My fascination with Lady Gaga goes beyond her crazy costumes and intense dedication to her performance art. In fact, it’s in spite of all that. I see her antics as she intends: part of the character she plays called Lady Gaga, not Stefani Germanata. I mean, have you ever seen an interview? She seems so personable and friendly and humble, and I’d like to drink some Jameson (her favorite whiskey) with her. She simply knows how to market herself (and her music). Case in point: the hype leading up to this album.

I feel like the video for “Alejandro” was the harbinger of all that is leather and awkwardly sexualized religion and, thus, this entire album. Still, I don’t think what came before prepared any of us–including her fans–for where she went with her “Born this way” video. At all. I mean, Mama Monster shows us her interstellar birth, how do you top that?

It left many of us wondering just where she would go with the new album. Those lucky enough to see her in concert (yay, I did!) or on her HBO special may have heard her play “You and I,” which makes you feel like you’re sitting in a local pub and a talented regular is rockin’ the keys and some one just bought you a shot. But then there’s “Heavy Metal Lover,” “Bloody Mary,” and “Judas” which reference religion in a seemingly irreverent way.

Personally, I’m impressed. I really thought I’d be listening to a revamped version of the Fame Monster, but no, Gaga (in true Gaga fashion) dashed all my expectations into the ground with her McQueen heels. Overall, the album could be described as “Uplifting Dance Party.” While “Born This Way” made me expect a lot more techno than I’ve been used to with Gaga’s music (a music genre I have a ‘meh’ relationship with) she offers a lot of different styles to break up the overtly upbeat dance tunes. People give her a lot of crap saying she “ripped off” Madonna, but I think the Black Eyed Peas tend to commit bigger sins of copy-cat-ism. At least Gaga admits to taking inspiration from Madonna’s music but doesn’t openly sample it. Instead she builds something new from it.

Sure, it’s similar, but it’s a modified homage.

“Judas” is catchy and amazing–I LOVE the music video for it too: more dancing, less awkward intergalactic birth scenes and prosthetics. In this song in particular you can hear Gaga’s versatility as her voice sounds different from verse to chorus to bridge.

Overt religious references mean added controversy for BTW

“Americano” is also greatness. Have you seen the movie Nine? The one about the Italian filmmaker, not the animated one. If so, then hopefully you already know where I’m going, but basically it makes you feel like you should be either doing an awesome DWTS-worthy ballroom dance or stomping around a fountain in the middle of a square. I also feel like this is definitely one that, if you didn’t know it was Lady Gaga before listening, you’d never guess it was her singing.

Simple is better, Gaga!

Overall, the songs are great to dance to. In fact, I need to cut this short for a Gaga Dance Party with the bestie. I’ll leave you with a couple awesome lyrics:

“Jesus is the new Black,” -#9 “Black Jesus/Amen Fashion”

“I’m on the edge of glory/ And I’m hangin’ on a moment of truth,” -#11 “Edge of Glory”

“Mi corazón me duele por mi generación,” -#5 “Americano” (trans: My heart hurts for my generation.)

–By Ashley Espinosa

Gagapalooza!

So it’s probably the only place on earth where you would see more yellow caution tape than a CSI episode. That’s right: a Gaga concert. Now I might sometimes criticize Gaga’s fashion and sometimes question her choices (human hair cape, anyone?), but truth is, I love her. The woman practically oozes individuality, and who doesn’t love that?

I was lucky enough (and because my bestie loved me enough) to see the Lady in concert. Let me just say, some may call her a freak, but girl has serious talent. My respect for her as a performer has increased a hundred-fold having seen her live. A Gaga concert is like a giant dance party. She knows how to work a crowd, utilize an arena stage, respect her fans and give a pretty B.A. speech on empowerment. Plus, girlfriend ain’t lip syncing, and she plays her own instruments.

Gaga also ditched her most recent Madonna-esque look to return to more standard fare—for her anyway. Everything was sans pants as per usual. She opened with standard leotard and poofy sleeves and sunnies. And her sunshine yellow hair also made a re-appearance. (And played a piano in a car!)

She then switched it up with a red caftan and sexy nun (if nuns can be sexy). She also went heavy metal and donned what looked like a long garbage bag while rockin’ a keyboard. But then stripped down to leather undies.

Her general lack of clothing was only broken up by a hairy black cape. And she switched it up with a monster ball-gown. And a space age galactic gown. She further switched it up by donning the nude skirt she wore to the Grammys to close the concert with her anthem “Born This Way.”

Gaga changed her set almost as many times as she changed her outfits. The set would change from grunge street scene to fantastical forest. It was like a magnificent nightmare straight out of her mind. Gaga delights in the horrific. But most of all, Gaga celebrates individuality and self-empowerment.

–By Lindsay Ray

Highlights and Lowlights of the VMAs

Best dressed:

Emma Stone and Rosario Dawson showed up in leather-like dresses with runches that settled perfectly around their curves. [Also: keep an eye out for Emma Stone—it looks like she’s the new Lindsay Lohan (pre-coke). The husky-voiced redhead is set to star in a few dramas and indie comedies with big names in 2011 and 2012. And this fall’s Easy A looks like it’ll be too much fun.]

Love how Rosario's nails match her lips. Emma's bright purse gives the ensemble a nice pop of color, and Rosario's bright shoes complement the dress color.

Sofia Vegara– Who can say no to form fitting glitter? Wow.

Love the pumps, too-- similar to Rosario's and Emma's above.

Florence Welch (of Florence and the Machine)

I love the old-school glamour of this dress, and am humored by what appears to be a zipper going down the middle.

Lady Gaga

Everyone is asking: Did Lady Gaga’s meat dress make a statement? Or was it tasteless? My verdict: statement. If everyone is going to cut all of the attendees up for what they wear, like a piece of meat, why not actually wear a piece of meat? Brilliant! Tongue in cheek! She’s making fun of herself! And the rest of them! And critics like me! I’m even making fun of me! I get it.

I sincerely hope she's wearing a leotard under there.

Men in Black

As per usual with the VMAs, lots of men showed up in casual wear—jeans and jackets—but made it classy by going all-black. Lots of the boys, like Usher and Justin Timberlake, tucked their pants into boots. New trend?

Not sure how I feel about Usher's scarf, though...

But Ne-Yo bucked the all-black trend quite nicely.

...and that pose says, "I know I did."

Should’ve stayed home

Evan Rachel Wood– Love the new red hair, but eat a sandwich, please. Looks like you’re thirty seconds from death.

Will.I.Am and Nicki Minaj went galactic.

Katy Pery managed to be overdone and barely clothed.

Audrina Partridge of The Hills did too much of a good thing: Sparkles are always awesome, but the belts and the ringed shoes seem more appropriate in a spaceship. In a 60s movie.

...although it is growing on me....

And Pharrell Williams wore red knickers? Huh?

But what do YOU think? Did you like the knickers? The space shoes? Hate Florence’s zipper? Comment away!

–TC