Make a Wish on Gaga

Posted on August 19, 2011

Lady Gaga wants you to know she really likes her dandelion hat.

Lady Gaga heads to the MTV studios in Louis Vuitton Fall 2011.

Lady Gaga at the MTV studios promoting her new music video ‘You and I’ in New York in Tom Ford.

And now T Lo are going to take on the ludicrous task of critiquing Lady Gaga’s accessorizing choices.


Don’t get us wrong; we not only love the hat, we love both looks she paired it with.

The LV look is in some ways typical Gaga, what with the hoof shoes and granny panties completing the picture. Still, she’s deployed both elements quite a bit in the past and didn’t always look as polished and put-together as she does here. Besides, she can pull this type of look off in her sleep, putting pretenders like Gwyneth Paltrow and Fergie to shame whenever they try it. But we tend to think the hat comes close to ruining the look. Sure, she’s all about “too much” but we think the giant hat on top of an outfit that’s already unconventional and attention-seeking throws the proportions a bit of balance. Besides, it just doesn’t seem to go with the look. The puffy sleeves, granny panties, Peter Pan collar and hoof shoes were enough. If any hat was called for here, we would have suggested something small and sleek.

This, on the other hand, makes a perfect pairing. It’s like the puffy white hat punctuates the lacey white dress rather than fights with it. Something about the shape of the dress works really well with the hat too. There’s too much bulk in the top of the LV look and it’s fighting with the puff on her head. Here, the bodice is sleek, rising up from an angular hip and leading directly to the explosion on top. It just works.

Are we crazy to even attempt this point? Sure, everything she wears is a costume and deliberately goes against the grain of “normal” fashion rules, but from a purely aesthetic point of view, the hat just looks better with the white dress, no?

[Photo Credit: WireImage, elle.com]

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_2VBWWGHZEBKTVQMXE5SO5NCU2I Mich

      i wish we lived in a society where i could wear a hat like that every day of my life. i guess you can if you’re gaga, but i’m a mild mannered librarian, and i just don’t think it would fly.

      • scottyf

        C’mon, try it!

        I’m sure you’re just as fab as Ga Ga, and we could all use more WOW in our lives! I can tell you this: if I saw library staff wearing something like that–not only would I come to the library more often, I would read whatever they suggested. You’d be contributing to a more literate, and more gloriously creative society. :)

      • Anonymous

        I wear a kilt every single day.  Now when I first started to do it I was nervous about the reaction.  But everyone around me applauded the look and told me how much I rocked it.  I still get daily compliments from people half my age who think it KILLS.
        Experiment till you find what you love and GO with it!

        • Anonymous

          we need pictures

          • Anonymous

            Laughing,….
            Since I have until very recently kept a quite shallow internet presence I have nowhere on line to send you.  This will change soon and I can satisfy your curiosity.

            • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VJMQEBSJRUNQHEEWTXI5BCS6HI D J

              Yay!

            • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Paul G. Ellis

              I just posted a few new pics on my facebook.  you can find me under the name you see here.  the formal kilt with sporran is my own design and creation, worn to my exes wedding last year.

          • Anonymous

            Laughing,….
            Since I have until very recently kept a quite shallow internet presence I have nowhere on line to send you.  This will change soon and I can satisfy your curiosity.

          • Rand Ortega

            2nd that emotion! Pix, pls! My BFF rocks a kilt & gets stopped constantly w/ compliments.

          • http://profiles.google.com/denise.alden Denise Alden

            Agreed!

        • http://profiles.google.com/denise.alden Denise Alden

          *sigh*  A kilt?  Really and truly? *sigh*  I love kilts!

          • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Paul G. Ellis

            Yup, every day.  You’re making me blush.

        • Anonymous

          Ummm….I think we deserve a photo, Kiltdnttiltd.

          • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

            Look for me on facebook
            Paul G. Ellis

        • Anonymous

          Own it. Rock it! Good for you for breaking out of the mold of the mundane. 

          • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

            Wow, thanks!  I’m really flattered.

      • Anonymous

        Mich, I think you’re forgetting the great tradition of mild mannered librarians throughout history. You owe it to your forebears to take off your spectacles, shake your hair loose, and turn into a wildcat. 

      • Anonymous

        I think the key to being fabulous is to never apologize for how you look, whether you’re out in your grubbies doing errands or in an over-the-top hat and designer suit. It is akin to Julia Child’s rule about never apologizing for mistakes in meal prep. Just smile and serve it up!

      • Anonymous

        I think the key to being fabulous is to never apologize for how you look, whether you’re out in your grubbies doing errands or in an over-the-top hat and designer suit. It is akin to Julia Child’s rule about never apologizing for mistakes in meal prep. Just smile and serve it up!

      • Anonymous

        You could always use it to dust the book shelves. Librarians rock, with or without hats.

        • scottyf

          Amen to that!

      • Anonymous

        I work with librarians (trained as one myself, once) and our lot are all oddballs, creative wizards, free spirits and in earnest pursuit of rich, interesting lives. (Indeed, I believe they  mostly *look* mild-mannered because they have little time & energy left for conscious image management).  As long as your management is not too conservative and worried about ‘what the patrons will think’ I am pretty sure any hat you want would fly.

      • Donald Wannagat

        Life is too short…wear the hat. Who knows if you’ll influence the next Lady Gaga or Andy Warhol!

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_2VBWWGHZEBKTVQMXE5SO5NCU2I Mich

        the ayes have it! more hats in the library! it’s really not that far a jump from oversized head piece to oversized hat! (as you can tell, i’m very excited about the hats)

      • Anonymous

        Oh my God, we should have a T-Lo library hat-in.  Every Bitter Kitten in the New York area — or a day trip — or plane ride — away — should walk into the main reading room of the NYPL at a set day and time wearing a fucking fabulous hat.  Like one of those flash mob thingies.  During Fashion Week.  Oh, that’d be so cool!

        • http://twitter.com/starrika Ali

          Seconded!

        • Anonymous

          Ooh, I’m in.    

        • Anonymous

          Ooh, I’m in.    

        • Anonymous

          Ooh, I’m in.    

      • Anonymous

        Also a (not-so) mild-mannered librarian, but I work with kids a lot, so I’m thinking there might be times when this Phyllis Diller on acid hat would come in handy. Love it!

        (librarygrrl64 who happens to be a Michele, btw :-))

      • Anonymous

         Casanova was also a librarian…

    • http://twitter.com/RzYoung RzYoung

      Ginger security guard’s still hot though ;)

      • Christine Campbell

        Just about to point that out, but you beat me to it.

      • Anonymous

        I think the Gaga post was just a ruse to post a pic of the hot ginge. :)

    • http://twitter.com/RzYoung RzYoung

      Ginger security guard’s still hot though ;)

    • http://twitter.com/cluckerdoodle Remy S

      LUV. HUH. 

      sorry, was i supposed to offer some sort of critique?

    • http://twitter.com/cluckerdoodle Remy S

      LUV. HUH. 

      sorry, was i supposed to offer some sort of critique?

    • Anonymous

      Agreed! Although…I wonder what the LV would look like with some crazy Gaga-approved white boots.

    • Anonymous

      Agreed! Although…I wonder what the LV would look like with some crazy Gaga-approved white boots.

    • http://www.facebook.com/cruz.alejandra Alejandra Cruz

      i getcha.  the hat with the lv look seems like an afterthought and our gaga is all about the fact that she sits in her studio all night crafting the perfect hat to go with each outfit, at least in my mind!

    • Vaniljekjeks

      LOVE HER! 

    • Anonymous

      she’s been looking the best she has in ages.  and i’m not a fan of her’s in general. 

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VJMQEBSJRUNQHEEWTXI5BCS6HI D J

        I think you can only do the sex-with-a-horse look for so long. I’m glad she’s rocking wearable pieces. 

    • Anonymous

      Yes, it does look better with the white dress, but I still love it with the other outfit.

    • Andrea Rossillon

      I never realized how tiny she is. Look at her waist in that white dress! Even taking into account how the hip panniers and the enormous hat de-emphasize her waist, she is itty-bitty.

    • Anonymous

      You’re right, as usual. The hat looks best with the white dress. Totally imbalanced with the granny panties and hooves. Love the hat on it’s own. I want one, too!

    • http://twitter.com/loserfairy loserfairy

      I always look at Gaga and wonder if she’s ever tired of dressing like that. I know I love being fab, but I also crave a comfy pair of pj’s and a sweatshirt just as much. But loving both those outfits, I want that hat. 

    • Anonymous

      Perhaps once she chose the hat and realized that it had to be epoxied to her head, she just went with the look all day.  I’m sure it looked terrific with her quilted bathrobe and scuffs before she left the house.  I hope she never, ever takes it off.

    • Anonymous

      Perhaps once she chose the hat and realized that it had to be epoxied to her head, she just went with the look all day.  I’m sure it looked terrific with her quilted bathrobe and scuffs before she left the house.  I hope she never, ever takes it off.

    • Anonymous

      I personally think Lady Gaga felt left out of all the British nobility shenanigans of the summer, and therefore decided to put her own demented spin on them.

    • Anonymous

      Those extensions are wrong IMO. They are too starlet to match the outfits; they don’t belong to her persona.  

    • Anonymous

      Those extensions are wrong IMO. They are too starlet to match the outfits; they don’t belong to her persona.  

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1077090078 Megan Sullivan

      Gaga is looking fantastic these days. The perfect combination of class and crazy.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1077090078 Megan Sullivan

      Gaga is looking fantastic these days. The perfect combination of class and crazy.

    • https://profiles.google.com/104791269167429064986 Judy S

      I dislike the Vuitton outfit (on anybody) but I think the hat works beautifully with it because it gives you something else to look at besides the granny panties and pseudo this and that. there is something genuinely fantastic about the hat.

    • https://profiles.google.com/104791269167429064986 Judy S

      I dislike the Vuitton outfit (on anybody) but I think the hat works beautifully with it because it gives you something else to look at besides the granny panties and pseudo this and that. there is something genuinely fantastic about the hat.

    • http://phantomminuet.blogspot.com/ MinAgain

      Her hair looks really haphazard with that hat.

    • http://phantomminuet.blogspot.com/ MinAgain

      Her hair looks really haphazard with that hat.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_C65IT4K6RYN4TWRMFJOI3VUDAI Olechka Milashka

      yes, the hat looks divine with the white dress and am I the only one who thinks that Gaga is one of the rare women (besides models) who can pull of this architectural hippy dress?  Many have tried, only Gaga has succeeded.

    • Anonymous

      The Vuitton look: I’m just glad she went with panty hose instead of the thigh-highs the model is wearing. As much as I LOVE the freedom and comfort of thigh-highs, they should only be worn with something that actually covers the upper thighs. Or, you know, in the bedroom. But that’s another conversation.

    • Anonymous

      Love the hat with the white dress and not so much with the black one. Is that white Tom Ford dress the same or similar to that black Emma Stone one from a few weeks back? If so, Gaga is rocking it. If I recall correctly, Stone was all slumped over and not working it at all. I would totally wear that if I were getting married. And could afford it. Reminds me a bit of the gorgeous suit (and big ostrich feather hat) my mom wore when she and my dad married in 1947. Right down to the ankle straps.

      • Anonymous

        Your mom sounds very stylish and I love that era for clothes. My mom had a similar aesthetic – when she married my step-father in the 70′s, she wore an embellished blush pink fitted sheath with a pink feather hat that was a smaller version of the GaGa extravaganza…she was 5’11″, very tan and reed thin and looked smashing! Unfortunately, she was marrying into a rather staid sort of clan and there was much pearl clutching as she made her way down the stairs. It was one of those I’m-so-proud-of-my-mom moments – she was a pistol…and I still have the dress and hat.

        • Anonymous

          Your mom sounds awesome. I ran across a pic of my folks leaving the church on their wedding day. If I had some way of posting it, I would do so. Such a great era.

    • Anonymous

      Love the hat with the white dress and not so much with the black one. Is that white Tom Ford dress the same or similar to that black Emma Stone one from a few weeks back? If so, Gaga is rocking it. If I recall correctly, Stone was all slumped over and not working it at all. I would totally wear that if I were getting married. And could afford it. Reminds me a bit of the gorgeous suit (and big ostrich feather hat) my mom wore when she and my dad married in 1947. Right down to the ankle straps.

    • Anonymous

      I dunno. I think it’s both ridiculous and awesome (ridiculously awesome? awesomely ridiculous?) with both outfits.

      • http://twitter.com/wrenaria Kimmy Hescock

         Agreed.

    • Judy_J

      The hat does look better with the white dress.  She looks really great in that outfit.  Not a big fan of the granny panties look.

    • Anonymous

      Both looks are pretty hot. I Like the LV version as well because really the bottom is all black and from fitting – a simple tuxedo look so the  big Eff-Off hat works for me.

    • Anonymous

      The TF looks like the hat was made for it.  The LV looks like she was dressed and then just grabbed the first hat she saw on her way out of the house.  The LV would have looked great with some sort of black widow veil…

    • Anonymous

      Not only do I absolutely freaking love both looks, I now want to see her play Dolly in “Hello, Dolly!” WERQ!

      • Anonymous

        What a brilliant idea!

      • Anonymous

        Yes!  A wacky (or wackier) Carol Channing!

    • MilaXX

      I don’t mind the hat w/ both outfits but I agree it looks better withe the second. What I don’t like are the lace sleeves with the second dress, epecially since we’ve already seen the Tom Ford on Emmaa Stone and have an idea of how regular folks would wear that dress.

    • Anonymous

      Oh goody — the earlier, funnier Gaga is back!

    • Anonymous

      Her costumes often verge on wearable art.  At her level of over-the-top, she stands as a thought experiment made real.  And as the purpose of art is to make you think, evaluating the aesthetic merits is a valid pastime.

    • Mariah J

      I love that hat. So jealous.

    • http://twitter.com/#!/Space_Kitty Space Kitty

      Agreed.  The Tom Ford look is working for me in a way that the LV just doesn’t.  It’s not crazy to critique this at all. When you’re playing with fashion at this level, it begs to be deconstructed. 

    • Anonymous

      Yes, the hat looks better with the white outfit than the black, but I kind of love the fact she’s wearing an accessory with different outfits.  That’s what normal people do.  So Gaga’s doing something semi-normal, but, of course, with her it’s that totally over-the-top hat.

      Though, actually, I once wore hat quite similar to that (huge and covered with white ostrich feathers) for the Ascot scene of My Fair Lady.  Come to think of it, I loved that hat.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Catherine-Rhodes/602850414 Catherine Rhodes

      You neglected to mention the ultra-hot ginger handler…

      • Anonymous

        He is hot, isn’t he?  Couldn’t care less about Gaga, but I do enjoy gazing upon the GH!

    • Anonymous

      Definitely looks better with the white dress but the girl is all about the over-the-top headgear. Maybe it was the only white piece she had in her wardrobe warehouse?

    • Anonymous

      Yes. Better with the dress.

      Actually, she looks almost conventionally “good” in the white outfit. I wonder if that makes it a failure in her fashion lexicon.

    • Toto Maya

      I would wear that hat, with no shame. It is adorable and if I was Lady Gaga I would wear it too. I was just plotting how I can get wearing huge, fancy hats to my church to come back in style.

    • Toto Maya

      I would wear that hat, with no shame. It is adorable and if I was Lady Gaga I would wear it too. I was just plotting how I can get wearing huge, fancy hats to my church to come back in style.

    • Anonymous

      I kind of love the Tom Ford.  It’s like Gaga goes to Ascott Opening Day.

    • Anonymous

      I kind of love the Tom Ford.  It’s like Gaga goes to Ascott Opening Day.

    • Anonymous

      hmmm. everything everyone wears all the time is a costume, babies.

    • Lori Greenberg

      LOVE the hat, but would really love it on Lovey Howell (or Joann Worley) a whole lot more than on Gaga (and, I would DEFINITELY wear it in a heartbeat)! I am usually a fan of the creative and outrageous, and definitely approve of anyone who tries to connect with those who feel that they don’t fit in…but I just don’t find Gaga very interesting. I find that HAT interesting, but not her. Though I agree she is looking better lately (I liked her Donatella looks that you recently posted, along with the houndstooth outfit. That houndstooth was maybe the best thing I had ever seen her in, although I wish she’d ditch the long blonde ‘do, unless she went out looking like Donatella, ALL of the time!). I think she’s a gal who is (hopefully) learning that she is becoming more intriguing, when wearing more clothes. Let’s hope this trend continues (not that I’m a prude at all, but her pantless look is just really freaking boring)! xoxoxl

    • Lori Greenberg

      LOVE the hat, but would really love it on Lovey Howell (or Joann Worley) a whole lot more than on Gaga (and, I would DEFINITELY wear it in a heartbeat)! I am usually a fan of the creative and outrageous, and definitely approve of anyone who tries to connect with those who feel that they don’t fit in…but I just don’t find Gaga very interesting. I find that HAT interesting, but not her. Though I agree she is looking better lately (I liked her Donatella looks that you recently posted, along with the houndstooth outfit. That houndstooth was maybe the best thing I had ever seen her in, although I wish she’d ditch the long blonde ‘do, unless she went out looking like Donatella, ALL of the time!). I think she’s a gal who is (hopefully) learning that she is becoming more intriguing, when wearing more clothes. Let’s hope this trend continues (not that I’m a prude at all, but her pantless look is just really freaking boring)! xoxoxl

    • http://twitter.com/jennsaysmeow Fifi LaRoux

      Upon viewing the first outfit the words “Oh honey no” were uttered.  The second outfit however heralded a little gay (well straight girl) gasp. I think she looks amazing and very chic. You rock the powder puff, girl!

    • BuffaloBarbara

      With the white dress, I can’t help but be reminded of Eliza Doolittle at Ascot.  And I sort of like it.

    • http://twitter.com/IslandMo Mo Wilson

      TLo we know you only REALLY feature Gaga in hopes of catching a glimpse of the ginger handler

    • http://profiles.google.com/trashilove { edi } ilovetrash

      yes it looks better that way.

      for forcing the issue that art is only commerce, tho, i will never forgive her.

    • Anna Vasquez

      Love it. The white outfit is so “Ascot Gavotte.”

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_T53WBEPGJZ7MMMZC4O563YU5HA Observer

      If I was into drag the white dress and hat would be perfect for Easter next year. I really like the triple jewelery accessories ,reminds me so much of  the dear Queen. 

    • Anonymous

      LOVE her in the Tom Ford. I am so digging fun, funky hats lately and I blame it on all the bitter kittens. Thank you!

    • Anonymous

      The white dress is very Ascot Gavotte (My Fair Lady)

      Also, does anyone else wear those ridiculous hoof shoes?

    • Anonymous

      Somehow, I don’t think ‘small and sleek’ is in her repertoire.

    • Margot Brose

      Honeys, Lady Gaga will never do ‘small and sleek’. It is against her inherent Gaga nature.

    • http://twitter.com/kmc1138 Kathleen Coyle

      I love the hat with the dress.  Looks like she’s going to the Dali Derby.

    • http://twitter.com/lbcubbison Laurie Cubbison

      I’m struck as much by the girl standing beside her, with the little wave, as I am by Gaga herself. That girl is in heaven and absolutely astonished to find herself there.