Katy Perry in Paco Rabanne

Posted on March 23, 2012

This is the fashion blogger equivalent of spitting in the wind, but we are puzzled by one of Katy Perry’s style choices here and we must question it.



Katy Perry attends Echo Awards 2012 at Palais in Berlin, Germany in a Paco Rabanne dress paired with Christian Louboutin pumps.

Christian Louboutin ‘Sex’ Patent-leather Pumps

First off, even though we’re tired of the shade, we are totally digging her hair here and we love the dress. Snaps up on all that. But here’s our question: If you’re going to wear a pair of shoes that spell out “SEX” when you put your feet together (which is in itself a puzzling thing), then why would you pick a neutral shade? If you’re going to make a statement, don’t be coy about it, Katy. It doesn’t suit you.

If anyone wants to spend time peering at her dress to look for subliminal messages, be our guests. But don’t stare too long, darlings. We did and now we may need to lie down for a bit.


[Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images, net-a-porter.com]

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  • Paigealicious

    OMG, that dress is amazing! Should’ve worn the shoes in black.

    Hate the hair.

    • EmilyMullasWilson

      I agree–black shoes would have knocked this look out of the park. She is the walking definition of “fierce.”

  • OMG, I want that dress!

    • Elaine Lang

       What I want is the undergarments that allow a human to wear that dress.

  • Laurie Bergman

    It fits her beautifully, but I look at this dress and think “disco forcefield.”

    • greyhoundgirl

      Disco forcefield sounds good to me!

  • Anathema_Device

    I burst out laughing when I got to the second picture. Sexy face and Mama Smurf hair are mutually exclusive for a reason, Katy!

    Otherwise, that is a wicked dress, even if it does give her disco ball boobs.

    • TheOriginalLulu

      You say “disco ball boobs” as if it’s a bad thing. 🙂

    • lordandtaylor

      Mama Smurf hair — perfect decription and thanks for the spit laugh over lunch.

  • Disco boobs!  But the hair is just WRONG.

    Agree about the shoes.

  • kirble

    That dress is one that any drag queen would covet.

    And I mean that in the best possible way. She looks amazing here.

  • The dress is awesome, and something only someone like Kathy or Minaj could pull off without looking silly. But yeah, those shoes needed to be black or silvery

    • Little_Olive

      Totally. Even more, I think if there ever was a dress made for KP, this is it. 

  • Hate that hair, and mostly because of the color.  The shoes are just silly, regardless of what color.  Why do we need to walk around with the word sex on our shoes?    I am not getting the “look at my ass” photos.  Why is this the newest red carpet pose?

    • Beardslee

      my late husband never understood the rationale behind that pose.  It’s silly, if you think about it.  An anthropological nugget.

    • Greg Yoder

      In this case, I assume it’s because she wants people to look at her ass, which is pretty spectacular, really.

  • unpiously

    Those shoes are the sad-trombone noise of shoes. Waa-waaaaaaa.

  • does the dress have invisible pockets?
    are her hands glued in place?
    can anyone confirm that she didn’t spend the night akimbo?

  • TheOriginalLulu

    LOVE the dress, don’t mind the shoes, but HATE the hairstyle.

  • unpiously

    But now I feel like there should be a picture somewhere with the model wearing those shoes (in black, please, not putty), with her feet together to spell out SEX while holding an aspirin between her knees. Maybe that would only be funny to me, though. That’s ok, I shall enjoy the visual in my brain.

    • mountainFashionista

       Oh, you’re funny!  Are you new to the neighborhood?

      • unpiously

        Oh definitely not new, I’ve been reading TLO since…well, since I had a job and a boss that I had to hide my TLO reading breaks from. So, many years. Just not a frequent commenter, there are so many smart and witty people already on these boards that usually by the time I think of something to say it’s already been said better.

    • BrooklynBomber

      No, that IS funny!

  • that dress makes my brain hurt.  it’s like staring at graph paper for too long.

  • cleep1000

    I don’t like any of it. With brunette hair and the right shoes, maybe. But she has looked so much better lately, I can’t give her a pass on this. Just, no.

    • mhleta

      Do you people not see her fabulous ass? Who cares about her hair? I’d sell a knee cap for a caboose like that.

  • gabbilevy

    I’ve been getting oceanic vibes from here hair for a while, and this ‘do confirms it. That’s a big ole tidal wave on her head. Ditto about the shoes, otherwise, she looks pretty damn spectacular.  

  • The dress is amazing and I want it.

    The shoes are ridiculous and I despise them!

  • lalahartma

    Seriously!  Where are the smurf shoes when you need them??

  • holdmewhileimnaked

    i think it’s the best she’s ever looked. & the rabanne looks like a rabanne. but i totally agree about the shoes. she seems more interesting now that she’s gotten a taste of real life [via her crazy marriage & crazier parents]. i still cant really stand her, but all of thats taken the edge off.

  • The dress is amazing. It’s like they started a 3d animation render of a dress and then just got tuckered out. So cool.

    • mountainFashionista

      Yes!!  The perfect match of the seams of the dress to Katy’s curves made me wonder if the tailoring was somehow finished in AutoCAD…

  • She definitely should have worn the black shoes, but whatever – she still KILLS this look.

  • introspective

    So not to be annoying and quote myself but I predicted wed be seeing lots of starlet or streetwalker types soon in the post on the metallic gold runway trend.

    Ladies and gentlemen of the jury I present exhibit 1.

  • Tryouts for a reboot of Blade Runner? 

  • Wow!  A dress made of the space/time continuum grid!

    • mhleta

      There’s a black hole joke in there somewhere. 

  • Terence Ng

    Clearly Katy is the most recent bearer of the Witchblade and it has made her a fabulous outfit for her current mission.

    Love it.

  • hughman

    If lovin’ this dress is Tron, I don’t wanna be trite.

    • h0n0rb

      TLo with double the Tron today. A Tron trend? I welcome it.

    • amywinns

       Spectacular wordplay, bravo.

  • kno1ok

    Don’t the shoes when put together actually spell SEEX?  I find that confusing.

  • Beardslee

    She looks great from the ankles up.  Wear that kind of dress while you can, Katy – wish I had!

  • piecesofconfetti

    Love it!

  • AthenaJ

    OMG girl has a BODY on her! I mean, we’ve always known it, but I don’t think it’s ever been quite so evident – and considering Katy’s past outfits, that’s really saying something. Russel Brand, eat your heart out! I feel like I should tape this picture to my treadmill as inspiration (not like I could look anything like Katy in a million years anyway). Agree w/ you boys about the shoes – they are made to be LOOK AT ME shoes, not neutral we-barely-even-exist shoes. Not really digging the hair here, but as I’ve said, I’ve been over the blue thing already- especially considering Katy rarely keeps up with the roots. Besides, that wave is so overwhelming I’m afraid it’s going to start eating her face.

    • mhleta

      This is why gay men should critique fashion. A straight guy would be far too caught up in her magnificent rack and keister to ever notice something as insignificant as her hair. 

      • BrooklynBomber

        And yet, according to Isaac Mizrahi, the hair and shoes are the most important parts of fashion . . . 

  • alyce1213

    I don’t always dig her, she’s a bit jejune for me, but this look is awesome.  
    Awesome is a word I hardly ever use because I’m just too old — unless I really mean awesome.
    Her usually irritating blue hair and tight silver mini “disco ball boobs” dress (thanks for that) somehow just work.
    For everything else — attitude, hair, dress, minimal jewelry, I can forgive the shoes.

  • Laylalola

    I am convinced high school sophomores and juniors inspire the Christian Louboutin shoe gimmicks and that no way in hell would grown women pay for them if they were in Payless instead of costing several hundred dollars a pair.

  • mhleta

    Here’s my somewhat specious explanation for the nude hooves craze: I suspect it makes the legs look longer and less pasty than black does. That’s it. That’s all I got. Otherwise, I agree. The black would have been a crispy dot at the bottom of the exclamation point that is that really great dress. (PS, If you look closely at her bodacious and perfectly sculpted ass you can see it says, “Suck it hard, Russell! Hah!”)

  • Pants_are_a_must

    I see. Germany = FEMBOT. Katy Perry, once again being subtle.

  • BeeBeauNYC

    I agree – if the shoes spell out “SEX”, you should be sporting them in pussy bitch red. That dress is AMAZING!!

  • The girl from TRON!

  • Because neutral looks more like her dirty dirty skin?

  • That dress is fantastic on her. 

  • Greg Yoder

    I love this look, and, to be fair, I don’t think many people ever get as far down as the shoes when they look at this.

  • Whatever.

  • kimmeister

    I think having your legs apart spells sex better than putting them together . . .

  • She looks like she was drawn by Alberto Vargas in this dress. Amazing.

    As for the shoes, I’m guessing she’s following that advice that so many stylists and editors give: ‘Flesh’ colored shoes elongate your legs. I can’t imaging why else anyone would wear them.


    • Celandine1

      I immediately thought pin-up girl girl when I saw the last picture. I really love how relaxed and comfortable she looks in this outfit, especially since I probably couldn’t even stand up straight while attempting to wear those heels.

  • halo323

    Carmen Carrera would rock the HELL out of that dress.

  • JasmineAM

    Those shoes look like a freshman fashion student’s attempt at “edgy”.

  • Jess5628

    This is the first time I’ve really liked the blue hair! Shoes in nude = total cop out.

  • She looks like she’s lost a little weight? Either way, she looks fabulous and probably has never looked better in my opinion. That dress is perfect on her.

  • Her makeup choices continue to perplex me, and the shoes are kind of eh as well. Why would Louboutin even allow the manufacture of that shoe in nude?

  • nannypoo

    Such a pretty woman. Enough with the blue hair already. The dress is perfect for her, the shoes are stupid.

  • VicksieDo


  • dschubba

    I don’t get the shoe either. Are we supposed to think the word “SEX” is growing out of her foot? If you’re going to go into attention whore mode, you can’t really half-ass it.

  • BrightsideSusan

    I wonder what that dress would look like on a less than curvy woman – woul dit make her look curvy?

  • I guess she was going with a neutral shoe to complement her lipstick?  If she really couldn’t wear black, she should have matched the shoes to her hair instead. Those shoes need color to work. 

    Still, she’s rocking the hell out of that dress and looks great.

  • siriuslover

    I love her dress.  But she kinda looks like she’s a super hero.

  • Nothing scream SEX like putty colored shoes….

  • Haley Buchanan

    God I love this crazy broad!  The dress is KILLER.  She looks like a comic book character, like some sort of Spiderman evil villainess, and I totally mean that as a compliment.

  • unbornfawn

    TLo agree completely!

  • indigospade

    Oh hello there miss Effie Trinket

  • quiltrx

    The black pumps would have gone SO much better with the dress.  And why even make such a ‘statement’ pair of shoes in such a disappear-into-nothingness shade?

  • Beninqac

    The dress is fantastic.
    Those shoes are currently helping Ashanti to slay all comers over in Fug Madness. I didn´t even stop to think that there could be two pairs of them in the world.

  • Lisa

    Yup, shoes that spell out “SEX” should at least be black!  Other than that – no complaints here, she looks amazing, cool and really fun! 

  • MissMariRose

    Well, if you want to get technical about it …

    The right shoe has EX
    The left shoe has SE

    So the shoes spell “SEEX” when you put your feet together.

  • Sophie Collier

    She could have gone with ANY color shoe and it would have looked fabulous.  The nude pumps were a perplexing selection but still, love this look.  

  • MilaXX

    I like the dress and really love the hair, the shoes seem like a throw away but I guess she didn’t want to risk clashing with the hair/dress. Why she would be a pair of the shoes with a special feature to do that in is beyond me.

  • Allison Woods

    I think the dress looks great from the front, but what’s up with all of the zipper-puckering in the back?

    Or were we just supposed to look at her ass?

  • Little_Olive

    I don’t care if the shoes spell “minion”, they’re not pretty.

  • rainwood1

    Hate the blue hair, think the shoes are cheesy, love the dress.

  • This is the best she’s looked in a while, but I wish she’d gone with the black shoes.

  • formerlyAnon

    That dress and hair together are AMAZING, she’s totally a comic book character. From the grown up comics.  So WHY chickenshit out with those dull shoes?

  • Helen C

    Think she’s looking for some additional leg lengths with these nude shoes. 

  • The message that dress is giving off is NOT subliminal.  I’d say Russell Brand is getting it loud and clear.

  • Ben

    Black shoes and she’d get a total WERQ

  • DCSheehan

    Why bother putting the word SEX on anything? Clothes should show and not tell. Having them spell SEX makes them embarrassingly unhip to me.

    So I hate the shoes (no matter what colour) and her hair is awful (here the colour is the problem) but that dress… This is showing and not telling. That dress IS sex. Wow.

  • padma s

    I think the neutral pumps actually go with it. In my mind, had she worn the black pair, she would have had two things clamoring for attention. The dress and the shoes. 

    With the neutrals, the focus is on the discoball fabulousness of her dress, her bangin’ bod and the ability to wear said discoball. Which in my opinion is where it should be.

  • Susan Crawford

    If you are going to be rocking blue hair, this is definitely the way to style it: over-the-top! It’s definitely the best hair styling I have seen on KP since she was dragged into Smurfette’s salon.

    The dress is da bomb! The “SEX” shoes are totally unnecessary, but if she had to have them, she shoould have gone with black instead of the neutral.

  • marilyn

    The dress and shoes are the best of this mess.  I hate the hair, and think she should be ignored until she stops trying lo look like a comic bookcharacter.

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  • CatherineRhodes

    Don’t love any of it, and I’m sick of her. Grumpy, grumpy.

  • I’ve obviously spent too much time cleaning today because my thought was —

    Well, the shoes match the grout.

  • The hair is a little too Wilma Flintstone.

  • SapphoPoet

    Love the dress; covet her figure. Intensely dislike the hair. Should have worn the shoes in black.

  • DominoEstella

    Those shoes are downright stupid.  I am so over Louboutin and his crappy overdone red sole.  There were 100’s of better shoe choices  for this dress.

  • BigWhiteGrannyPanties

    I KNEW, even before I saw your post, that you would totally be sad about those nude colored pumps.  I now feel like I’m a regular here.  xo

  • RzYoung

    Why wear shoes that spell out a word when your feet are together – and then only pose with your legs apart!?! 

  • Shouldn’t the shoes spell “SEX” when her legs are apart?

  • Android hooker.

  • Ooo, imagine if the shoes were a deep green!

    And I love that Perry is working the hell out of that dress.

  • the shoes def dont fit with the dress at all

  • adnama79

    I want my 25-year-old body back! 

    That’s what this photo does to me.  Although I never had boobs like hers.

  • I’m so happy to see more Paco Rabanne on the RC these days.  His stuff has always put me in my happy place.

  • Her dress is incredible and I want it.

    Also, all hail the mighty hypnotoad.

  • PeaceBang

    Hilarious, hot and fabulous. I love that she obviously thought, “Let’s not overdo it with the shoe.” Why not!? Still, love the whole thing. 

  • is it me or is the majority of people in here color blind?? don’t u see that the dress has some nude color lining almost the same shade as the shoes! duhhhhh!