Katy Perry for Vogue Italia

Posted on July 09, 2012

Vogue Italia disassembled Katy Perry and then put her back together in a new and unrecognizable configuration: Gaga Lite.

Katy Perry is featured in the latest issue of Vogue Italia magazine photographed by Francesco Carrozini and styled by Patti Wilson. Set design by Steve Halterman. Hair: Brent Lawler. Makeup: Jake Bailey.

Long silk georgette dress with smock embroidery at the waist and lace applications on the bottom of the skirt, Valentino; fur jacket, Oscar De La Renta. Sunglasses Linda Farrow for Prabal Gurung; earrings Mawi; shoes Valentino Garavani.

Brode’ lace dress with silk organza floral applications; bra and panties: Dolce & Gabbana. Leather choker, Zana Bayne; leather belt, Michael Kors; shoes Dior.

Wool bustier dress, Donna Karan Collection; patent leather bra, Zana Bayne. Latex choker, Acne; crystal necklace, Noir.

Chiffon bustier dress wotj circle skirt embroidered with floral motifs and leather belt, McQ. Metal visor and platform sandals with fringe applications, Alexander McQueen.

Double cashmere oversize coat over satin silk dress. Jil Sander. Cigarette holder Dsquared2.

Brodée jacket with mink collar over cotton and silk dress, Dsquared2. Rings Robert Sorrell Originals; lace-up booties, Giuseppe Zanotti Design. 

Geometric line coat and polyester dress, Comme Des Garçons. Sunglasses, Lotho; shoes Oscar De La Renta. 

Okay, that’s not fair. It’s more of a riff on late ’60s mod styles, which you would think would suit Katy without having to fuss with her look too much. In fact, we’re sure of it. And hey, we’re all for changing up a celebrity or model’s looks for a fashion editorial, but what’s the point in booking Katy Perry and then doing everything you can to disguise the fact that she’s Katy Perry? The images are pretty good, but we feel like she’s lost somewhere under all that styling.

[Photo Credit: Francesco Carrozini for vogue.it]

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  • ChiliP

    I dig it simply because it’s one of the more interesting celebritorials I’ve seen in awhile.

    Although I take your point about her being unrecognizable.

    • http://twitter.com/GertrudeJPhilli Gertrude J. Phillips

      the only pic that evens partially resembles Katy is the closeup with the huge collar.  Not that these pics are bad.  But that could be anyone-any actress, any model...MayorMoney.blogspot.com

  • AmandaCathleen

    You nailed it. It’s a fun editorial, but really—what’s the point of using Katy Perry here instead of some model? You have her name in the title of this post and I STILL can’t tell that it’s her.

    • YAELS

      I agree, but maybe that’s why I like this editorial!  I feel so happy I don’t have to be assaulted by Katy Perry’s extremely tacky unpleasant unflattering color and outfit choices and i can just notice that she is gorgeous!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/C5T2QPOAWOBDRHFL2MFAV7KQCY Tracy

    She’s unrecognizable. I don’t see any KP at all in that spread.  There’s not even a hint of a vibe of her in the styling. Perché?

    • Aurumgirl

       Perche forse that’s the point:  this is one way of washing all the previous Katy Perry incarnations out of your mind.  She’s been functioning in the same persona for a years now, so figuring out a new one might take a little work.  This is one we haven’t seen her in before, it’s a bit more severe and not so Americana iconoclastic, something that might suit a woman who’s had some success as a music star, some changes in her personal life, and may be approaching things differently from now on.

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  • RebeccaKW

    Seriously, the only pic that evens partially resembles Katy is the closeup with the huge collar.  Not that these pics are bad.  But that could be anyone-any actress, any model.  

  • Deac82

    at least she doesn’t have the same facial expression in every shot.

  • anotherkate

    Cue “Stop glamorizing smoking!” comments in 3, 2…

    She looks cute, but indeed, not like herself.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/C5T2QPOAWOBDRHFL2MFAV7KQCY Tracy

       Eh, it’s the Italians, what are you going to do.

  • schadenfreudelicious

    while i appreciate the attempt to channel Lola Hetherington.. what’s the point of using a famous face and rendering it totally unrecognizable? 

    • alyce1213

      Celebrities sell magazines, recognizable or not.

  • joe_tey83

    The concept for this is, what a crazy person obsessed with fashion fantasize she looks like when she’s locked up in a padded cell in a mental hospital.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Josefina-Madariaga-Suárez/100002964685796 Josefina Madariaga Suárez

    She looks like Sonique, from RPDR, in the Snatch Game.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=506473106 Mori Clark

    fourth image down looks like they’re deliberately trying to invoke gaga. this is just weird. wouldve been fine with a regular model but with kp theres just too many comparisons. like they wanted to shoot this with gaga and couldnt book her.

    • j_anson

      Which, granted, is totally possible. :)

  • MarissaLG

    She’s unrecognizable, so I guess it’s good that she’s not a bad model. 

  • Ruth Preston

    Did anyone else look at that first shot and think, “EEEEK! It’s Patti Stanger in Lola Heatherton drag…”?

  • AlinaValero

    it could be anyone under there. it could be me! alas, it’s not.

  • carolie_king

    Gaga’s eyes were only that big when she CG’d them.

  • SpcilK

    I love it! This is so gangsta, that a hit was put on Katy Perry to Werk her shit more like this editorial. Oooh wee, that left a mark!

  • http://twitter.com/mk_patter mkpatter

    She should wear that pink wig ALL THE TIME. I would.

  • hughman

    Sharon Needles wants her look back. 

  • Jill Roberts

    She’s really creepily objectified in the Donna Karan (wearing a stiff collar, looking slightly asphxiated), McQueen (stretched up against a wall without her eyes visible) and DSquared shots (crawling on the floor in stiletto boots).  Francesco Carrozini has been doing this kind of thing for way too long.  He did take some really beautiful shots of Beyonce tho’.

  • Le_Sigh

    I do love that Liz Taylor / Twig -tastic eye makeup.  I hope she uses it in some cray ensemble on the RC.

  • MilaXX

    If you hadn’t told me it as Katy I ould never have guessed. Still it’s a farily interesting editorial.

  • jmorino08

    but what’s the point in booking Katy Perry and then doing everything you can to disguise the fact that she’s Katy Perry

    That’s exactly what I was thinking!!

  • j_anson

    Meh. It’s sort of got a… “transgender robot” vibe to it. Which frankly could be awesome on the right star, but I’m not sure it’s serving Katy Perry well.

  • kimmeister

    I’ve never seen so much white eyeliner in my life!

  • http://cheekypinky.wordpress.com/ Rebecca

    I want that pink wig.


  • formerlyAnon

    Hate this one. She’s styled and posed so that in all but two shots it might just as well be a mannequin – no looking past the glasses & eyelashes for actual human expressions.

    Also, I’m fairly certain I could be persuaded to like a “riff on late ’60s mod styles” – I usually do, after all. But everything here is somehow harder to SEE than it ought to be – posing? (over)lighting? backdrops? I can’t figure out why. But I really dislike this editorial.

    No, not dislike. Kinda hate and am greatly irritated by.

    And I’m usually positive on the style-family and neutral to positive on Perry.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_F73LIJ3SJGI5AJQMXMWXCKILHI Pamela

    Yep, nothing says style like a super-wide latex choker. 

  • http://twitter.com/SparklyCasanova UglyCasanova

    I prefer this Gaga-lite-KP than regularly-known-KP.  

  • http://gabyrippling.tumblr.com/ Gabriella M

    I want those Prabal Gurung sunglasses real bad. 

  • Lisa

    No, I agree with your first statement – it’s Gaga Lite. Which – we already have a Gaga.  Katy Perry should just be Katy Perry.

  • Lilithcat

    That cashmere overcoat is gorgeous!  I’d look like I was drowning if I tried to wear it, though.

  • Pants_are_a_must

    If they wanted Mod Gaga, they should’ve got Mod Gaga.

  • redgauntlet

    Forget it, Perry. You’re never going to break the Gaga demographic.

  • guest2visits

    It’s about time. Don’t know why she’s not in more couture editorials, except she’s not 62 lbs. and a size minus 0.
    The McQueen pic was kind of a waste. As was the uninspired next to last frame.
    Especially like her in transformation in the Jil Sander coat and dress. And the last frame; Comme Des Garcons.
    Desperately want the pink and white ombre Oscar de la Renta heels.

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

    I never knew until this moment how badly I need a Jil Sander ensemble complete with a matching cigarette holder.

  • ccm800

    disagree – she shines. Not a fan of her at all – but I would love to see her drop the Saturday morning cartoon porn star look and grow into something like this. 

  • ‘Becca’lise Deveaux
  • holdmewhileimnaked

    you hit the nail on the head the first time. ie: it looks like they took all these stunningly gorgeous garments & stuck them on KP cos gaga cancelled too late for them to rethink their concept. the whole editorial is as fabulous as the clothing, too, but it’s j a r r i n g to see it all amalgamated this way.

    edited to add:
    ps. the sunglasses are the best part, &
    i surely wish she had just her mouth. the vacuousness of expression brings the whole thing down.

  • TieDye64

    Yeah, while I’m rather digging this whole 60’s thing, where is Katy Perry?

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

    I am in love with her eye make up. I wish I could wear that all the time. 

  • http://twitter.com/ZumaZoum Eric

    Um…where did they put her boobs?  Seriously, she is not exactly a flat-chested gal, and 4th picture down?  That has to be some serious tape-down.

  • RzYoung

    Cool look but definitely a waste of a Katy Perry. Hide her under a wig, make up and giant glasses and it just looks like a rubbish model.

  • Larkin21

    I don’t know. I think that “Gaga Lite” is fair. And she somehow manages to make the open-mouth thing more annoying than most people. I sometimes like her as a model but not this spread.

  • http://www.facebook.com/katiewolf2002 Katie Wolf

    In that last pic, she looks like a bizarro-world  Megan Draper. It’s kind of freaking me out and I like it!

  • crash1212

    Don’t care who it is…this is FAB! I would cut a bitch for the cashmere coat in panel #6.

  • Mexxoo

    Clearly they didn’t want to work with Katy Perry, or have Katy Perry appear in their magazine.  So they made her into someone else.  VERY SAD.

  • quiltrx

    I think the pic with the big collar/choker looks really cool, AND I can tell it’s her.  The rest look great, but it could be anyone.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/4FFZ2YKVZ3M2KFHTOJZLLNF3TA Genibee

    Ok, so there was that episode of Leverage where Parker played a pseudo-Bjork crazy Icelandic singer. This is a shoot of Parker-Bjork.

  • marilyn

    Katy Perry + lots of styling = Gaga Lite.  She looks offensive, but in a different way.  She is a beautiful woman.  Why does she do things like this?  People pay attention to her already because of her singing career, so this wacko act she does is unnecessary.  Besides, she is too old to do this juvenile cartoon-ey stuff.

  • kim i

    otoh, girl can POSE.  

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1596044612 Dhyrce Fritz

    Third picture, she looks just like Morgan McMichaels.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1401197785 Jennifer Peters-Ahnberg

    Where the hell did they put her breasts?

  • ccm800

    I loves it and I love the concept of morphing her look for the sake of fashion…you gonna play model MODEL!  I like it and love these looks