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To me, this is Lady Gaga’s finest moment.  Her Vanity Fair cover shoot video is beyond fabulous.  It is Where the Wild Things Are meets couture, with a heavy serving of the color gray and a dash of sexuality.  I’m not Gaga’s biggest fan, but I do appreciate who she is and what she represents.  I love that she takes huge risks and isn’t scared of wearing a leotard in public.  She seems to genuinely love fashion and creativity, therefore I like her.

The video itself is really cool, to put it simply.  I like behind the scenes videos, especially those which show how beautiful images in magazines come to be.

Here is the video:

http://www.vanityfair.com/services/lookup?videoId=390534312001&defaultPath=/video%3FvideoID%3D390534312001

And an image of the final cover shot:

I actually really like it.  I love this glam hippy vibe and all the gray! (One of my favorite shades)  Gaga can really pull off this purpley-gray hair which is suddenly completely high fashion.  And she is naked without being trashy.  It totally works, and if this were anyone else, it would look too contrived, with Lady Gaga it looks so natural.

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Oh Jeffrey My Love

So I just got back from Jeffrey (read: Best Department Store in America) in the Meatpacking District and I thought I would right a little post about them, mainly because one of the salesmen said that I looked “absolutely adorable today and he was in love with my outfit.”

Not that I’m bragging…

But honestly, their buyers are just incredible, all of the clothes in the store (as well as the gorgeous shoes, bags, jewelry and makeup) are the best of the collections, effortlessly chic, and extraordinarily expensive, but that goes without saying.

The store is on the small side, just one walk up story.  It is not overwhelming like Macy’s or Bloomingdales.  It is very clean and crisp, but they like to have fun.  They are a bit cheeky like Barneys with their displays.  Last time I went there it was all Lady Gaga and today it was Sex and the City 2 with cartoon drawings of the four lovely ladies faces on top of the mannequins own.  There were also famous quotes from both the show and the movie hanging from the ceiling.

Sadly, the only other Jeffrey is in Atlanta, a bit strange I know, but I guess the south needs it fill of fashion too.

Jeffrey

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Bad Romance

I’ll be honest.  I don’t get it.

I’m not going to try to come up with some excuse for the two of them or try to fathom why they like each other’s work so much, because I really just don’t understand.

(I would, however, love to sit in on a meeting between the two of them, I’m sure it is absolutely hilarious.)

Of course, I am talking about Giorgio Armani and Lady Gaga’s recent love affair.  Which I have cleverly deemed a “Bad Romance”.

When I think of Armani I think, Italian, gray, luxurious fabrics, classic, eternal, stylish.  None of these, in my opinion, relate to the entertaining Lady Gaga experience that I suppose has grown out of being a fad.

She does entertainment art, is brash and loud, ever changing, bright and colorful, and very shocking.  But apparently Giorgio is infatuated with her, maybe it is his old age (he is 75) or he is trying to appeal to a younger audience, but whatever it is I find it strange.

I love partnerships (see Givenchy and Audrey Hepburn, Karl Lagerfeld and Emma Watson) but I am not enchanted by this one, rather confused.

Below are some of the ensembles he custom designed for her.  When will this romance end?

Red Carpet Dress for the Grammy's 2010.

Grammy Performance Ensemble

Grammy Audience Outfit

Bodysuit for the MET Ball

Black Lace Ensemble for the Controversial American Idol Performance

Armani's Sketch for the American Idol Performance

Armani's Sketches for Lady Gaga's Monster Ball Concert Tour

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Long Live the Queen

I am surprised I have not written about her sooner.  She is, after all, the reason I am so addicted, in love, obsessed, etc. with fashion.  She is quoted as saying, “I like masculine things…for their simplicity and functionality…  I do think I counteract the masculine thing with my red hair.  It’s the best accessory I could ever have.”  Any fashion maven or aspiring magazine editor would know who sports the aforementioned red hair:  it is famous the world over and easily recognizable as the counterpart to Ms. Anna Wintour’s severe bob.

While you should know who she is by now, I will continue for those fashion virgins.  Wintour herself proclaims this woman is “the world’s most magical fashion editor.”  Yet, she is also the nicest woman in fashion, which is quite a feat in itself.  Even more, she is my inspiration, my idol of sorts– she is the first person I have ever really looked up to as a model of success.  I read Vogue religiously, like an addict, entranced with her spreads, never really knowing who was the ringmaster behind the creativity at Vogue, until now.  The hair, and the quote as well, belong to the person who is the reason I am obsessed with fashion.

Her name: Grace Coddington.  Her occupation: Creative Director of American Vogue.

Grace Coddington

During her many years at British Vogue, Coddington fine tuned her editorial skills and developed her own personal style for photo shoots.  She prefers to turn the potentially harsh and stagnant spreads into stories or narratives, making them livelier and above all else, “tongue-in-cheek.”  This makes the editorials much more accessible to her readers because they can relate to the stories and the characters she creates.  Coddington loves morphing childhood fairytales and famous works of art into pages of a magazine.

While at American Vogue for the past 15 years she has created masterpieces in her exuberant fashion stories.  Coddington’s personal favorite is the famous 2003 Alice in Wonderland photo shoot with Natalia Vodianova as Alice and Annie Leibovitz behind the lens.  The nearly 20 page spread also included designers such as Marc Jacobs, Karl Lagerfeld, Christian Lacroix, and John Galliano as characters from the Lewis Carroll classic.  Vodianova wore a blue dress (or ensemble) from each of the designers she was photographed with, tying in fashion, fantasy, and the classic story of Alice.  More recently, for the December 2009 issue of Vogue, Coddington styled an elaborate Hansel and Gretel themed shoot, inspired by the Metropolitan Opera’s recent production, with model, Lily Cole and her costar in the upcoming movie The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, Andrew Garfield.  As the witch, Coddington originally wanted British singer Susan Boyles to play the part but Wintour vetoed it opting instead for the extremely high profile Lady Gaga, who infamously arrived completely naked to the photo shoot except for her white rubber rain coat.

Grace Coddington and Anna Wintour

She is also the star of The September Issue (directed by R.J. Cutler) my [The] Godfather or Scarface if you will.  I even went so far as to stand in a very very long line at Barnes and Noble for her to sign my copy of the extraordinary DVD, which I have now viewed about five times since it premiered in theaters last fall.

Cutler’s film brought both Grace Coddington’s genius and her hair to the masses.  It was an inside look into the making of the September issue of the magazine, which is always the largest and most extravagant (and of course expensive).  Shown in theaters across the globe, the movie introduced people to Vogue, Prada, and Coddington and Wintour’s epic standoffs.

And her brilliance has been awarded repeatedly, most notably with the CFDA (Council of Fashion Designers of America) Lifetime Achievement award.  Less notably, but more amusing, was when the British television show (and my favorite TV show) Absolutely Fabulous, the character Patsy says her idol Ms. Coddington is, “Fash. Ed. Supreme” meaning Fashion Editor Supreme.

Coddington when she was a model

Coddington knows that the clothes are aspirational for most women, yes, she knows we can’t all afford a $500 t-shirt or a $10,000 scarf.  The photo shoots and the way she styles clothes are made to inspire us to look our best and be creative when it comes to what we choose to wear.  But money is everything these days.  On the tips of everyone’s tongues and in the print of the newspapers at everyone’s the fingertips.  She is able to style clothes into wearable outfits, ensembles that can actually be worn to work or to Central Park, and maybe if you’re lucky to the famous MET Costume Gala hosted by Ms. Wintour this upcoming year.

Coddington has created a new way to view fashion.  One that is more inviting and engaging.  Long are the days where only the wealthy could wear designer clothes and look fashionable.  Coddington has brought style and creativity to the masses, showing us it is okay to experiment with clothing and above all, to believe in yourself.  Not only did she make it as a model, and as a design director, and as a brilliant creative director, and as a fashion editor, but she has also been an inspiration for me.  After her car accident in which her eyelid had to be surgically reconstructed, and her modeling took a back seat, she watched her world fall apart, but she also saw that it could be built back up again, so she persevered.  Dressing in black nearly everyday, very little makeup, and hair as wild and crazy as ever, Coddington lives vicariously through the pages of Vogue and through her magical, whimsical photo shoots, and I hope, through me.

Vodianova as Alice with Lagerfeld

Vodianova with Viktor and Rolf as Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dumb

Vodianova with Tom Ford

Hansel and Gretel photo shoot with Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga and Lily Cole

1920's inspired shoot with Coco Rocha

Couture shoot from "The September Issue" with Raquel Zimmermann

Coco Rocha in a Superhero photo shoot

Same Superhero shoot dress by Jean Paul Gaultier

A more editorial shot with model Sasha Pivrova in a dress by Alexander McQueen

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