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Lady Gaga You and I
I am unashamed to admit I have already watched the video for Lady Gaga‘s latest video, “You and I”, about ten times. At 6 minutes 22 seconds long, you can see that is quite a commitment.

It’s simply genius. Set to a country-feeling tune, the music video contains expertly curated sequences that play into both the lyrics, as well as Mother Monster’s real life exploits. On top of that, the fashion is incredible.

Kicking off with Gaga strutting down a Nebraska highway in platform stilettos, blood covering her ankles, I felt an immediate homage towards Shania Twain‘s “That Don’t Impress Me Much”. Twain’s video, though over 10 years old, has always been a huge fashion memory for me (remember the all-leopard hooded ensemble with matching hat box?). Interestingly, Shania’s ex-husband Mutt Lange actually produced “You and I”.

Then there are the movie references. In the first consideration, we welcome back Lady Gaga’s male alter-ego, Jo Calderone. The Danny Zuko-esque bad boy ends up making out with Gaga on and around the piano she is playing. Stand-in or post-production special effect? It’s done so well we can’t be sure.

Also, the location of the kissing scene is in a similar set to Kevin Costner’s Iowa farm from “Field of Dreams“. Instead of the movie-mantra that turned Costner’s backyard into a magical trip to baseball’s past, “If you build it, they will come“, Gaga opted to stick “Follow the Crowd” on the Sweet Ice Cream truck that brings her down to her knees (look for it around 0:20).

We also see Gaga as a very fashionable Frankenstein, a very randy mermaid, back to her super-bleached locks/turquoise locks/et al, and much more. The costumes are incredibly detailed from head to toe, and really boost the beauty of each passing frame. Must watch.

Lady Gaga You and I

Britney Fuck You
I am starting to realize Britney Spears can do no wrong in my eyes. Even though many elements of her latest video – “I Wanna Go” – are eyebrow raise-inducing, the dark sense of humour and tongue in cheek references Britney The Brand more than redeem her.

What goes on? Cyborgs, a Mickey Mouse-ears wearing skeleton, Guillermo from Weeds seductively pouring milk over his body, an easter egg for “Crossroads 2: Cross Harder”, a Thriller eyeball homage, a paparazzi cuss-out, a quote from “Half Baked”, and a punked out Baby One More Time-esque schoolgirl outfit (with spiked Louboutins and studded Doc Martens!)

Wacky, wonderful, and a pretty flawless tune by Britney standards (no point in expecting the vocal solidarity of Adele or the whimsical grooves of of Montreal, right?).

Justin Bieber Kelly Kapowski
KAPOW(-ski)! I really, really tried to not get Bieber Fever. I did. Then along came his outfit from Sunday night’s MuchMusic Video Awards – an outfit that may have nailed me in a Justin-sized coffin.

The Biebs showed up in a $24 homage to my childhood idol, Saved By The Bell’s Kelly Kapowski (otherwise known as actress Tiffani-Amber Thiessen), under a pale pink blazer. Sartorial genius.

I am this excited:

Gisele Bundchen Brigitte Bardot
Photographer Nino Munoz had the difficult job of recreated Brigitte Bardot‘s classic ‘topless and tights’ pose for Elle Brazil‘s May 2011 issue. Obviously, he pulled it off. There could not have been a better choice than Gisele Bundchen for the homage.

Rihanna Vogue
It’s a sexy Rihanna package! This Vogue US cover for April 2011 looks like a homage to either Ariel (The Little Mermaid) or Jessica Rabbit, even though the red-haired songstress wears a stunning embroidered Chanel Pre-Fall 2011 dress. With such a game-changing cover, the actual spread – “Living Out Loud” – left me slightly disappointed.

It is their Shape issue, so I understand the use of the red hot Hervé Léger by Max Azria cutout swimsuit with Alexander Wang open-toe booties, but the styling (by the usually-adored Tonne Goodman) was uncharacteristically minimal from there on out; a Chloé one-shoulder mesh dress and a Donna Karan midnight-blue bodysuit. I believe it is the combination of forced style and the fact that the editorial – photographed by Annie Leibovitz – seemed poorly lit, but after such a cover the rest of the images felt slightly ‘travel catalog’. I hold all four names – Goodman, Leibovitz, Riri and Vogue – in the highest sartorial regard, so expected something a little more inspiring. Video and spread for you below! View Post