You may or may not have noticed the shy retiring pop star, Lady Gaga out and about on her travels recently – running around in her knickers, eye patch and stilt-shoes, crashing Amazon with the tidal wave of demand for her new album, Born This Way or eating chat show host David Letterman’s questions when she grew tired of answering them. Brills. She’s not the only one who has been a bizzy Miss Lizzy – her stylist and Mugler guru Nicola Formichetti has announced that he will be open a pop-up shop in Manhattan this fall as part of the second annual Boffo Building Fashion competition. Which matches architects with fashion designers to build temporary retail installations and collaborating with such names as Patrik Ervell, Irene Neuwirth, The Lake & Stars and Ohne Titel. Sounds wicked – so if you live in New York, why not check it out?
Aaand, over in the Uniqlo corner – the Japanese brand that Nicola has art-directed many an ad for, is continuing its aid to Japan after their terrible earthquake and tsunami. The CEO (Japan’s richest man) Tadashi Yanai, has already donated £6 million of his own money, and now Uniqlo have produced a collection of 10 T-shirts with prints designed by the likes of, Karl Lagerfeld, Gwyneth Paltrow, Nicole Kidman, Lanvin's Alber Elbaz, Blake Lively, Charlize Theron, Cyndi Lauper, Victoria Beckham, and Orlando Bloom AND Lady Gaga! Whoot!
Which brings us back to our favourite Gaga story of the past few days – wig-maker to the stars, Charlie Le Mindu was responsible for one of her most, err, novel items of recent stage-wear; the PVC ‘pregnant bump’ she wore to climb out of her golden coffin when performing at the Radio One big weekend. Charlie proudly blogged to all and sundry that ‘he had made Gaga pregnant’. Genius.
- Naomi Attwood