Look 1 - performing at Cannes in McQueen (?)
As they say round our way; ‘you can’t turn your back’ (in this case on Gaga) for five minutes because there will be new developments and you will fall behind. When we look at the example of Lady Gaga, you really have to watch her all the time – like a tiny toddler in the park, because she’ll get up to a surprising amount of stuff in a very short space of time.
Last time we left her, she was debuting what we decided to call a ginger beehive in Paris. A mere 48 hours hence, and she has performed live at the Cannes film festival, and popped up in London. First in an outfit that is best described as a spherical nun’s habit. THEN resurfaced again at posh people’s favourite Chelsea haunt, Annabel’s, to sing a few songs for a corporate gig attended by Kate Moss, Florence and the Machine and Nick Grimshaw.
Is it a penguin? Is it a giant extra strong mint?
THEN, (although we suppose she had written it at an earlier date) her very first ever column was published in V Magazine. Oh My. It was a 1000+ word diatribe on the wisdom of the ages and her philosophy of life viewed through the prism of such camp luminaries as Yves Saint Laurent, Piet Mondrian, Marc Bolan and Isabella Blow. She addresses the idea of people criticising her and intends that, at least partly, the column is a kind of response, or even an explanation to them. However, in practical terms, the most likely outcome of Gaga’s critics reading the column would be that she would bore them into submission, so wordy and verbose is it. Here is an excerpt;
Look 3 - Mugler catsuit and green, errr, fruit-growing nets
‘Any expertise in the vocabulary of fashion, art, and pop culture requires a tremendous amount of studying. [Before I became Lady Gaga I used to] analyse and study my library. I would dream of being a rock star who dressed like Marc Bolan, walked like Jerry Hall and had the panache of Ginger from Casino and the mystery of Isabella Blow. See footnote.
Any writer, or anyone for that matter who doesn’t understand the last two sentences of this column should NEVER be writing about or critiquing fashion or artists in publication. As someone who references and annotates her homework vigilantly, I am putting all of you on notice. Have you done your homework? Have you got your library cards? Did they expire?’
Her column in V Magazine, byline picture illustrated by a superfan
And so on and so forth. Even NYmag thought she was being pretentious. Oh well. Even though we couldn’t make it to the end of the article we are going to take it with us on the bus home tonight to give it another try. Viva Gaga!