Lady Gaga is back in New York City and making a point to elevate summer street style in Manhattan. Gaga was photographed wearing two exquisite dark looks over the last two days. Yesterday, she went downright regal, wearing a sheer black bustier Alexander McQueen ball gown with a black Tom Ford for Yves Saint Laurent velvet Mombasa bag, complete with a rhinestone handle. She wore her brown hair in an elegant updo and accessorized with sunglasses. Gaga was seen leaving the Plaza Hotel, right by Central Park, in the look.
Today, Gaga went dark again, wearing a black and white floral dress with a high leg slit and voluminous short sleeves. She wore her hair up again and accessorized with a small black purse, sunglasses, and high heels.
Gaga spoke to Oprah in an ELLE interview published in November 2019 about her style and whether she feels pressure to outdo herself artistically and sartorially.
“Not anymore. I used to, though,” she said. “Oprah, I’ve got to level with you 100 percent: I used to try to wrap my brain as heavy as I could around what I could do to…. Instead of being shocking (I used to say ‘shock art’ or ‘performance art’), I would use the word ‘bemuse,’ which is basically putting the audience in a state of confusion where they can’t look away. I used to just go, “What am I going to do next to get people’s attention?”
She also reflected on her infamous meat dress and its deeper meaning: “Well, the meat dress, quite frankly, I didn’t think it was going to be as shocking to everyone as it was,” she began. “But that’s just me. I have a sort of eccentric brain, so for me, I was like, Of course this makes sense. I’m showing up to make a statement about ‘Don’t ask, don’t tell.’ I went to the event with soldiers who were discharged from the army because they were out, or they were found out, and to me, if you’re willing to give up your life for your country, does it matter what your sexual orientation is or what your gender identity is? For me, it was like, ‘Flesh is flesh,’ so that was the intention of the meat dress. For me, that wasn’t shocking; it was shocking to the world. And I have to say, it was quite recently—after doing A Star Is Born, and working with Bradley Cooper, and my experience even with winning an Oscar—I sort of just went to myself, ‘You have a much greater mission on this earth than to freak the hell out of people. Your mission is to give people a form of love through your art that lifts them up.’”
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