Lady Gaga’s comeback has kicked into overdrive. Whether we’re talking visually or conceptually there’s an signifcant amount of information to digest. In just 24 hours we’ve seen Lady G out and about in a fishnet bejewelled bodystocking and with her face smattered in a clown-like makeup mask. We’ve also witnessed a video created by the Haus of Gaga stating that ‘Lady Gaga is Over’ and that she is a self-confessed flop, an artist who deserves no applause, that you shouldn’t buy her music or even dare to dance to her songs. Reverse psychology? That’s a new one on us.
Two of Lady Gaga's latest ensembles
Which segues nicely into the release of her latest ART POP single, which just so happens to be called Applause. It’s been released sans the full video for now, but we’ve already been thrown a sneak peek of the Inez and Vinoodh-lensed creation.
In addition to the above there’s been nudity, near nudity, an undercut, eyebrow-bleaching, nose-rings, fevered fan-hugging, a return to Twitter and the news that Nicola Formichetti no longer has enough time to cater for her every fashion whim (of which is sounds like there are many) and that his ex-assistant Brandon Maxwell will be picking up the baton for Gaga’s new ‘pared back’ stylings.
Lady G's new look is very, erm, minimal...
The Big G has often been criticised for her very literal, shall we say use, of inspiration – with many declaring that no idea of hers is original, no matter how radical or shocking. But let’s take a second to recall the prodigious brilliance of Andy Warhol – pop culture essentially reworks and reclaims old codes, so is Stefani Germanotta in a constant – and knowing - spin of poptastic irony?
So we’re intrigued to think about who and what she has tapped for ART POP inspo…
The black clothes, the septum piercing, the bleached brows and aggy stare..
Probably not a name you are familiar with, but Mr Grimaldi was essentially the first ever clown. As a super-popular entertainer in the Regency era he, according to Wikipedia ‘expanded the role of clown in the harlequinade that formed part of British pantomimes’. Gaga’s makeup bears a striking resemblance to both him at Heath Ledger’s incarnation of the Joker in Batman.
Christopher Kane’s already found inspiration in this scientific experiment, but there’s something about Gaga’s wing-nutted plastic mask in the Haus of Gaga vid.
Dragon Tattoo? Frankentstein? Britney? We’ve love to see that moodboard…