Lady Gaga and Beyonce go for a ride in the "Telephone" video.
Oh, Lady Gaga, how do you amaze and freak me out at the same time? I ask myself that every time I see one of her performances or watch one of her Michael Jackson-length music videos. Her video for “Telephone” was no different. She and Beyonce have a proper adventure full of jailhouse lesbian love, a low-rider truck named “Pussy Wagon,” a mass diner homicide and even a friendly moment reminiscent of “Thelma & Louise.”
Needless to say, these are two of the most talented women, if not the most, in music right now, but they brought more than talent to the set–they brought amazing fashion. I am not sure where most of these pieces came from (I will put in labels as they are released), but it’s safe to say that at least one of these creations came from the imaginative Haus of Gaga.
The rest of this post will be told through still shots I took of the music video.
Before you view the photos, you MUST watch the video.
Leave it to Lady Gaga to make a prison outfit fashionable. The prominent shoulders, via Babe Pauley and Joan Crawford, and deep v-neck are perfectly paired with heels, fishnet tights and over-sized sunglasses. Gaga looks like she is ready for the runway, not a prison sentence.
Lady Gaga is smoking in her cigarette sunglasses and chains. Putting aside the possible danger to her eyes, the glasses are extremely creative. What is fashion without a few wildly inventive pieces most of us would never wear?
Who needs rollers when you have soda cans? Gaga takes the matronly hair-in-rollers image and makes it chic by pairing this inventive twist with Chanel sunglasses, a studded leather jacked and a studded bra.
Caution is right! Excuse the pun, but if the tape moves a centimeter on several parts of her body it could go from a music video to a porn. This is another of those pieces most of us would never even imagine and definitely wouldn't wear. But you cannot deny that it takes a creative mind to see caution tape as something other than a Halloween costume.
Gaga does a little dance in her over-sized hat and conservative (for Gaga, at least) outfit. Gaga reminds me of a mistress at a funeral, hiding near a tree to watch the service from afar. She seems to blend in and stand-out at the same time. And the gloves are the perfect touch!
Gaga does not save all the fashion for herself. Beyonce, who is called "Honey Bee" in the short film, looks like she came straight from the hive in this yellow ensemble. The color is definitely Gaga's aesthetic, but the form-fitting silhouette is all Beyonce. It's just enough of Gaga to fit the video and just enough of Beyonce for the Grammy-record breaker to keep some of her personal style.
Gaga reminds us of the name of the song with her pointy, telephone hat. Again, imagination is on overdrive in this short film.
Beyonce portrays one of the hottest new trends--the drum major look. She is ready to lead the band in her short, blue jacket with just enough fabric hanging from it to cover her.
Gaga poses to show off her telephone hair piece. After popularizing the hair bow, which is literally made of hair, she takes a few steps forward with this telephone. Do you think this will be as popular as the bow?
The divas dance together after a mass murder at the diner. The patriotism fits in perfectly with the style of the diner and is a nice contrast to the previous fashion, which did not really fit their rural setting. As rural as they may try to be, their make-up and dominating stage presence stop this from becoming a fashion nightmare.
Gaga channels Shania Twain in this leopard catsuit. Unlike Shania, there are no bell bottoms, or thick fabric. Leave it to Gaga to wear the print so tight that she could be mistaken for a leopard if she turns around.