Lady Gaga in LA

Posted on January 22, 2013

It seems like forever since we checked in on Steffi.


Lady Gaga out shopping for a gift for Elton John’s newborn in West Hollywood, California.

Nice to see she’s as batshit as she ever was when it comes to her fashion.

But we have to say, this all feels kind of half-assed. At her best, Gaga’s able to be hilariously witty with her style. And it can’t be denied that the girl knows how to make sure heads turn in her direction. But looking at this getup, we’re forced to conclude it’s laundry day in GagaLand, and this was all she had left in her closet. The bag’s kinda plain; the shoes are kinda done. Pretty dress, though. It’s just that it all feels sort of thrown together instead of thought out.

Plus, the whole getup looks like a total pain in the ass to wear while shopping. She looks like she’s seriously struggling with it.


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  • mmc2315

    How long is that dress that she needs to be holding it up in every shot?

    • StelledelMare

      That’s what I was thinking. How long must it be if she still needs to hold it up while wearing those shoes.

      • Jecca2244

        I’m wondering if she is doing that because they are custom Brian Atwoods…and thus I’m assuming free. 

    • TheDivineMissAnn

      Something wrong with the dress maybe?  She seems to be positioning that Grandma’s “going to church pocketbook”   in a particular place.  

      • kimmeister

        Yes I noticed that too.  Maybe she got a big stain on one side of her butt and she’s trying to mask it?

    • Don Hackett

      it’s like she’s a little girl dressed up in her mama’s clothes.

      posted by sleah in norcal

  • RzYoung

    I see she’s still got her Vuitton wig! Also, is she holding the dress on at the hip?

    • Lizzyisi

       That wig is beautiful.

  • Susan Collier

    What is wrong with her torso? Did she rip the side zipper or does she have a stitch in her side?

    • j_anson

      I think the skirt is too big/long so she’s holding it up to keep from stepping on it.

  • Judy_S

    I am somehow imagining this not as a styled look but as an organic assembly of items of the sort I myself might make. I want to wear that dress… which means I have to wear hoofs or it will drag on the ground. It’s bright out, so a hat… white goes with everything…. and sunglasses to match. Now where did I put my purse yesterday? There it is.
    But she doesn’t look quite comfortable. Maybe the wind is trying to blow her hat off, or the dress isn’t warm enough.  Or the hoofs aren’t high enough after all and she has to keep the dress tucked up lest she fall on her face?

  • She just doesn’t strike me as a summer of love type of gal. Her whole look is too “done” to be able to carry off that dress and that hat. Anyway, I’d assumed you hadn’t checked in on Steffi because of the absence of HGH. Her current brunette beefcake isn’t quite up to his standards.

    • judybrowni

      Summer of Love?

      Hell, no. Those big puffy sleeves are pure ’80s (and horrific), along with the dress colors, sunglasses. Shoes ’70s. Hat: ’60s -’70s.

      The worst of the ’80s fashions have been reanimated.

      The zombie ’80s are eating our clothes.

      • Yes, the puffy sleeves are 80s but the flowy flouncy thing is 80s does 60s.

  • Kayceed

    A flounce too far.

  • poggi

    Something must have come undone or torn at her waist.  I like the dress and would have liked the whole thing better with flats.  That (and if she wasn’t clutching her dress together) would make this a kind of effortless and low-key for Gaga–like her version of sweatpants.

    • GorgeousThings

      I know – what’s with the side of the dress?

      • Little_Olive

        I thought for a second she is in a pose I’ve seen her do before, like the “hard-sideways-slouch” models on editorials do. But maybe not.       

      • Don Hackett

        i think it’s really windy and her dress and hat are flying all over the place.

        —sleah in norcal

    • Anathema_Device

      I though she was holding it up so as not to trip over it. At least that’s what it looks like in the first photo. In the others, it looks like she stashing something she shoplifted.

      • J. Preposterice

        right? I kept thinking of those wrist-loops women used to have on their long-ass dresses so that they didn’t have to hold them up, just loop ’em over the wrist.

      • I’m thinking that maybe she stepped on the hem and it tore (not difficult to do with those ridiculous hoof-shoes) so she has to both hold it up to keep from stepping on it again and try to conceal the rip.

        • Anathema_Device

          Good scenario. It totally works, given these pics.

        • I like how you did that. Kind of like “FCI: Fashion Crime Investigation.” 

  • Annabelle Archer

    When you have to work that hard, it takes all the WOW out of it.  Obviously, nothing about her is effortless, but she doesn’t seem to be enjoying it either, so why bother?  And a silly puddy shoe is silly puddy shoe, no matter how stacked it is. 
    Also, that purse, gives me a sad. 

    Basically, go home and try again Stefi, we are neither wowed or disgusted, that for you is a fail. 

  • xmixiex

    well, I guess that’s as good an outfit to wear shopping for a gift for Elton John’s newborn as any.

  • Is she suffering from a stomach ulcer? She’s doubled-over in every shot.

    • Karen Maslowski

       She looks like she’s about to blow clean away.

    • FloTom

      That was my thought – like maybe she had a gas bubble and was holding it in…

  • claudemtl777

    I think it’s funny (And unusual) that we don’t know who the designer is, but we know what she’s shopping for…Are we changing priorities at TLO?  😉

  • crash1212

    I must try shopping with my hand on my hip at all times. Also, that’s the ugliest print I’ve seen in a LONG time. I’m usually amused by her choices…this is just….meh.

  • GorgeousThings

    There’s only one thing that could salvage this look, and that’s Hot Ginger Handler, but he’s nowhere to be seen.

    • TheDivineMissAnn

      Exactly!  He has been AWOL for a while now.  *sigh*

    • norseofcourse

      step 1: Scan background of all pictures, looking for HGH.
      step 2: Sigh and resign oneself to just looking at Steffi’s outfit.

    • formerlyAnon


  • jw_ny

    seriously struggling with it!  ha!

    Gaga on a bad day…

  • NC_Meg

    I kind of like it? I think I just like the hat and glasses so much (even if they are really summery) that I’m willing to overlook that dress. I also love her hair/wig like that.

  • miagain

    Lady Gaga out shopping for a gift for Elton John’s newborn in West Hollywood, California.Has there ever been a more fabulous sentence written in the English language??

  • Sorry, but her schtick is wearing verrrry thin on me.

    • Why is it that everyone who is “sick of her schtick” feels the need to inform everyone? Aren’t you supposed to ignore the things you claim to be sick of?

  • Valerie Jones

    Elton was wearing this exact same thing when he shopped for his newborn.

  • MilaXX

    This just feels like too much without any payoff. It’s boring and busy at the same time.

    • Introspective

      exactly what i was thinking. stef always goes for “more is more” rather than less, but this slides into the “much too much” territory without the wink and nod we associate with her.

      right now her best bet is to come out wearing something normal but impeccably tailored. which for her would count as avant garde.

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        She usually seems so in on the joke, so to speak, but this doesn’t look like one of those days.

  • Roosevelt 85

    Well, when people got tired of her schtick and the music became a secondary consideration, you have to resort to wearing fabulous dresses! Love the color. Hate the shoes. 

  • Not even Gaga can plan her outfit around the wind. You can tell she is thinking “the damn wind ruined the whole effect. I thought I was going to be out here like Gaga von Teese.” 

    • Karen Maslowski

       I know! She looks buffeted.

  • I think Shirley McClain wore that exact outfit in Terms of Endearment. 

    • Annabelle Archer

      This is my most favorite comment!

  • ballerinawithagun

    When I glanced at the first photo, I thought she had on one black glove. Ha ha. She is too curvy for that style of dress.

  • Call me crazy…but I don’t think there’s been as much joy and wit in her clothing since Hot Ginger Handler left her employ. Maybe she misses him. 

    • Snailstsichr

       I like how you think.

    • I fully agree with you.  She’s missing her some Hot Ginger Handling and this is how she mourns: in a flowery, vengeful muumuu, terrible silly putty platforms, and a grandma bag.

  • FrayedMachine

    She’s putting a hell of a lot of effort to hold that unnatural model pose. I never got that weird arched back hand on hip thing. It makes them, including her, look like they’re struggling with horrible gas. 

    • l_c_ann

      I thought she was holding her underpants up with her left hand, but (silly me) she probably isn’t wearing any.

  • clatie

    God she seems like a giant pain in the ass

  • lehen

    she’s got something weird going on on her left side there…

  • geans

    Funny, Florence Welch’s started to go edgier and Gaga’s going more Flo. 

  • Little_Olive

    She must be menstruating. Explains the “I just wanna get out of the house” bad choice of shoes and bag, the not-so-sure-about-myself face, the full dress and that pose like she’s having the worst cramps ever. 

  • Judy_J

    She’s obviously holding up the hem of her dress in order to keep from stepping on it.  Those shoes look dangerous enough to walk without having to keep your skirt out of the way.  She looks horribly uncomfortable.

  • DinahR

    Fashion Victim.  Literally.  As in – it looks like her dress might actually be tormenting her.  

  • lexilexi

    Quickly losing interest in her.  

  • She does not even look real..Like a posed wax figure or something..Do not like it.

  • Anathema_Device

    Is she releasing an album of Mandrell Sisters covers?

  • She looks like she mugged an Olsen twin.

  • bitchybitchybitchy

    It’s a lotta look for shopping for a baby gift.

    • formerlyAnon

       Though think about the challenge of buying a baby gift for Elton John’s kid. There is literally nothing on earth the parents want for the kid they couldn’t buy 10 of themselves, and they’re going to get thousands of gifts, albeit only maybe a few hundred from people they actually know.

      There must be a storage facility on the estate just for tchotchkes being kept until it’s time to donate for a charity auction.

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        I can’t even begin to imagine what it’s like to live in their(Elton and spouse and Steffi) world.  That said, babies still need changing, still spit up, so maybe Steffi was stopping by the local CVS or Costco to pick up a load of wipes for the wee one.  I rather like the idea of her flouncing into Costco….

        • Oh good god what I wouldn’t give to see her actually shopping at a Costco dressed like this (with the understanding that people will not mob her as per usual).  Which samples will she try, how many times will her skirt get tangled in the cart, does she opt for the giant bottle of cocktail onions or olives or both after picking up the life-sized bottle of grey goose?  It could be previewed like and Adam West Batman episode.  God I could go on and on with this little fantasy.

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            You know, what better place to go than Costco when you’re buying in bulk for the next outrageous costume-after all, she could get great buys on bulk fruit, veggies, and let’s not forget the meat department if she decides that one fresh meat ensemble wasn’t enough!

  • Are those boots masquerading as pumps?

  • MoHub

    Until I saw the shoes, I was thinking early 1970s Salem cigarette commercial.

  • MintaHallWriter

    She sure does look like she’s fighting dress and wind, doesn’t she?

    BUT…TLo…not wanting to nag, but you ARE going to blog about the last TWO episodes of REVENGE aren’t you?   Not to mention DOWNTON ABBEY?   Pretty-please?  I’m curious to hear your response to the latest twists in REVENGE!

    • RedRaven617

      Tlo did Downton Abbey 2 days ago.

  • Qitkat


  • alyce1213

    Are you sure it’s not Florence Welch under all that?

  • mhleta

    I’m going to take a stab and guess this dress might be vintage Oleg Cassini, based only on the fact that I had a top in the very late 80s that this is reminding me of. She is, indeed, struggling mightily with this dress, which has to be a major buzz kill on a shopping trip. Otherwise, I kind of like it. It’s toned down Gaga street wear, but the hat, glasses and hair paired with this dress are nicely evoking psychedelic hippy glam without being too literal.  

    • Jackie4g

      OK, but what does she need with the dark and heavy pocketbook. It drags the whole look down.

  • TSkot

    Anyone else a little over this parade?  Just sing, dear.

  • Hetha Innis

    First thought on viewing this was of Carmen Sandiego, but realize that Carmen looks much sharper than this. 

  • RedRaven617

    And she almost forgot to make sure we could see the handbag in the photo op!

  • SewingSiren

    What’s she tugging at?

  • She looks like she’s trying to do an updated “Pinkie” from the Lawrence painting at the Huntington.

  • I doubt if any of Gaga’s clothes are easy to wear, really. I do like the new (?) hair color and honestly I’m always happy to see her occasionally dressing more like a normal person.

  • OrigamiRose

    “[I]t’s laundry day in GagaLand.”  Thank you for my new response on days I don’t feel like getting out of my pajamas.

    • Jackie4g

      It’s 18 degrees F where I am. Definitely Laundry Day in Gagaland. Except it’s New Jersey and me. 

      • OrigamiRose

        16 degrees here a few states north of you, though I didn’t believe and went for a walk.  Big mistake.  Huge mistake.  

        • Jackie4g

          Yes. Ordinarily I would go to the very effective water exercise for my horrible arthritis, but I don’t want to get that cold, instead, will opt to cut class and watch a nice shitty movie on TCM while doing something vaguely useful. Get sick now, stay sick for three weeks, eh? 

          • OrigamiRose

            I am with you, though I am watching SATC DVDs in lieu of shitty movies (alternating it with Pink Martini, which I may or may not be singing along with, on youtube) to recover from my hour outside.  Also, reading TLo is not “vaguely useful” but VERY useful!!

  • She looks like she belongs on the Peckerwood plantation.  But the nylon wig is a hoot.

  • Le_Sigh

    Real question is – where are the Hot Handlers?  

    • l_c_ann

      Working for Heidi Klum?

  • formerlyAnon

    Hahaha! Girl’s lost it. Shopping? I thought she was promoting something at the kids’ store in the background, for which the ensemble (except for the purse) works as a nice kind of demented modern pastoral vibe.

    All looks like a ton of trouble for not much payoff, but I reckon she doesn’t even think twice about those shoes after wearing ’em for all these years, and they’re more than half the battle.

    A moment of silence for Ed, Hot Ginger Handler. Gone (from the Gaga entourage) but not forgotten.

  • JosephLamour

    Where is HGH?!?

    • formerlyAnon

       You’d think he’d realize his duty as eye candy and at least photo bomb somewhere, occasionally!

  • She looks like she’s having an appendicitis attack.

  • Jecca2244

    I’m totally flabbergasted that she is dating Taylor Kinney. him with the eyes and muscles and nice face. not sure WHY it flabbergasts me, but maybe because he doesn’t seem to put up with a whole lot of bullcrap. They asked him in the latest Vogue what modeling advice she gave him…he just laughed. 

  • kimmeister

    I think the print had potential to be great, but was woefully deployed here.

  • Imasewsure

    I kind of love it, particularly with that crazy Gabby Hayes floppy hat and the whole flouncy thing going. Kind of a crazy Joni Mitchell redux…

  • maggiemaybe

    The whole ensemble is making me tired.


    It looks like a nursery colored version of a Rachel Zoe or Olsen twin get up.

  • xmixiex

    oo! oo!  maybe she’s shopping for her OWN (eventual) NEWBORN and that’s why she’s all twisty and hiding her tummy under mountains of ugly fabric!  start the rumour mill!

    •  Honestly, that’s what I thought, too.  Assuming she’s not “on the nest” (as Jimmy Stewart so memorably said in “It’s A Wonderful Life”), then that dress is an extra epic failure, since she really looks preggers in it.

  • ojosazules

    I love the dress. She looks fine to me. She doesn’t have to look like the Queen of the Alien Invasion every time she steps out. It’s not like she looks normal or anything. She’s shopping for baby toys and this looks  like a shopping for baby toys ensemble Gaga style.

  • But that’s exactly what you are supposed to wear in West Hollywood when shopping for your gayest, gay friends’ newborn. No? It looks like the uniform in the manual.

  • Enough already. She’s got to be exhausting.

  • UglyTalents

    What does Lady Gaga buy for Elton John’s newborn?!?! Whatever it was, I want one. That dress looks difficult to shop in, yes. I maintain that if you’re going shopping, you should be able to have both hands free and not be required to have one hand holding your dress together/up/whatever.

  • j_anson

    No no no, there is a concept here. She’s shopping for a child’s birthday gift, so she is deliberately evoking a visual language of children’s toys and parties: bright primary colors, cheap rayon costumes, cheap plastic accessories, clowns, and cowboys. All slightly mismatched and over-large to evoke dressing up in mom’s clothes.

    • formerlyAnon

       I suspect you’re right.

      • j_anson

        You know, for any other star, my comment would have been 100% sarcasm, but I really do think that’s how she thinks.

  •  Not that one ever needs to mention the words “Gaga” and “appropriate” in the same sentence, but I see her wearing this to a garden party or a brunch during the spring or summer, not out shopping in January. But maybe this is what she “throws on” when she has to run a few quickie errands.

  • Don Hackett

    it looks like she picked up that “pocketbook” at the church rummage sale.  in fact, she might have gotten the whole outfit there.
    maybe not the shoes.

    —sleah in norcal

  • I can see Florence Welch looking very pretty in this dress.The hat and shoes should be burned. 

  • Caroline Harper

    i miss HGH.

  • guest2visits

    Adorable; kind of a retro 60s-70s look to me. With a Gaga tweek.

  • Nice, if fussy, dress. Accessories don’t work at all.

  • MissAmynae

    As we say in the South….  Oh Bless your little heart, honey. Come with me, I’ve got tea and we’ll fix ya right up.

  • littlemac8

    No!  That busy dress (both print and volume) with that volume of hair (ack!!!) gives her a no-neck look and she appears to be strangling in all that mess!

  • ccm800

    Gaga does Lorna Del Ray? 

  • quiltrx

    What’s with the weird way she’s holding up the skirt in all the shots?  Is her half slip falling down (LMAO) or is it incredibly too long?  (and with those shoes, how the f can it be that much too long???)

    In one shot it kinda looks like she shoplifted the bag in the voluminous ruffles of her dress.

  • Here we all are picking on her and the poor girl’s obviously having an attack of appendicitis!

  • I didn’t notice her holding the dress up at first. I thought it was just windy and the dress was blowing everywhere.

    I like it. She’s normally in all black or all white so the color is something different. I’m not too sure what everyone’s problem is? I think it’s simple and works for what she’s doing.

  • Mightiadd

    The dress is actually by Yves St Laurent , late 80’s to early 90’s.  Two pieces, silk organza (not rayon).  This an evening dress for a fancy summer party, not hobbling around West Hollywood shopping for baby gifts.  And it doesn’t fit her.

  • JaneDC

    EXACTLY what I would wear shopping for a baby gift for Elton John…..

  • Ann

    It amazes me that she has never broken an ankle with the crazy shoes she always wears.

  • Therese Bohn

    Joan Crawford has risen from the dead.