Katy Perry Style Double Shot

Posted on January 28, 2014

Okay, we really dont get what Katy’s doing. The Grammys dress was a big, awkward confection, but she seems to really want to embrace her inner Ethel Merman with these next two looks.



Katy Perry attends the Universal Music Group 2014 post GRAMMY party in Los Angeles, California in a Giorgio Armani metallic gown.

What’s with the trend for putting her in these busty dresses that obscure her waist completely? That’s such a terrible look for her; especially when you insist on the hair wreath. Having said that, the color’s really beautiful on her. Drop that waist a couple of inches and reduce those massive cups by about a third, blow out her hair and put an obnoxiously decadent cocktail ring on her and you’d have a look. Right now, she’s totally “Mafia Wedding, circa 1970.” And that’s not good.

We don’t even know what’ s going on here:

Katy Perry attends “The Night That Changed America: A GRAMMY Salute To The Beatles” in Los Angeles, California in a Dolce&Gabbana cape and gown.

Is this her “I’m so TOTALLY the fucking FIRST LADY right now!” drag or something? Because this honestly looks like a costume on her. We love the drama of a cape with a gown, but the shape of this ensemble isn’t remotely modern. And when you render it in that kind of nauseating flesh-toned (her flesh tone) pink and then top it off with yet another big up ‘do, it’s all doing nothing good for her.

What’s with the sudden interest in making her look bigger and older than she is? Is her stylist drunk or something?



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  • oklund

    Haven’t her clothes always been costume-y? I don’t see a particular difference between this, and all the other stuff she usually wears, enhancing her childlike-dramatic-fantasy image.

    • VioletFem

      The main difference here is that neither of these outfits are flattering.

      • oklund

        *Shrugs* honestly, how often does she opt for flattering over loud and tacky?

        • jay

          more often than you’d think. at least for me that’s part of the appeal – she’s loud and tacky but somehow still looks impeccable.

    • Cheryl

      To me the difference is, at least some of those other costumes were fun. I’m not seeing any humour, tongue in cheek sassiness here.

      • unbornfawn

        @Cheryl – Exactly. It’s like she’s lost her fashion mojo. There is something missing.

  • Tatiana Luján

    I like the second look, it looks very Mad Men to me.
    The only good thing about the first look is the makeup.

    • StillGary

      You’re right, the makeup is pretty — the getup, to me looks almost Audrey Hepburn, which is a stretch for anyone.

      • Tatiana Luján

        Audrey Hepburn on steroids.

    • 3boysful

      Perhaps she’s auditioning for the role of “couch” on MM?

  • Julie Ree

    First look looks like a mash-up with the last season Mad Men hair and American Hustle dress. The second is sort of Audrey Hepburn circa Wait Until Dark and Mamie Eisenhower. Neither of which is good.

    • StillGary

      Yay, you saw that too. It just occurred to me talking about her makeup above.

  • ShaoLinKitten

    She looks like Lizzie Caplan in the second set of pictures.

  • Corsetmaker

    I imagine the second is intentionally retro given it’s a salute to the Beatles. Trouble is, that would’ve been as ugly a dress in the 60s as it is now!
    First one, yeah, too high on the waist and gathered, not so good.

    • charlotte

      Or she misread “Grammy” as “granny”.

    • KinoEye

      If it’s meant to tie into a Beatles theme, she/the stylist failed miserably. There are so many different fashion routes she could’ve taken to the Beatles (my favorite band), but I don’t ever recall massive floral gowns/capes being part of their repertoire. Yikes.

    • manina

      The problem with the second dress is that it is D & G. They have created some really ugly dresses and this is one of them. The fabric looks like the type of satin that was used in the 60’s to make quilted “Hollywood-style” bedspreads.

  • CPK1

    Older and bigger. Two words you NEVER want to hear about your look.

  • @Biting Panda

    It’s as if she wanted to step off of the Cupcake with Sprinkles path, but seems to be having trouble finding her footing. Maybe she’s finding it difficult to be retro fancy without looking like Dita Von Teese? Maybe she’s obscuring her middle for a female specific reason? OR worst of all, maybe she’s letting John Skeevy Douche Mayer pick out her clothing?

    • Kimbolina

      Dita would totally rock that Dolce & Gabbana look.

  • She’s trying pretty hard to steer herself away from her cartoon-ish, fun-n-wacky past. But it’s like she’s losing her style identity in the process.

    Really like the 2nd hairdo.

  • Anna

    Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson. As far I’m concerned, only Dame Diana Rigg in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service can serve up major cleavage and a giant updo. You are no Dame Diana Rigg.

    The second one is tight and voluminous in all the wrong places. And it looks like drapes.

  • MilaXX

    Ooh girl NO! This is 2 fails for me. Is she auditioning for American Hustle 2? Both of these look like extras in a 70’s movie. while I liked the hair wreath with the Valentino musical notes dress here it just does not work. That blue color is good, but that fabric just looks cheap. That second dress is just so ugly I can’t even begin to break it down. Adding white shoes to all that flesh toned fugliness isn’t helping the cause.

    • Donna Luder

      She paid good money for that hair wreath and she is determined to get full value out of it.

    • demidaemon

      My thoughts exactly on the second look. Just plain hiddy.

  • Jessica Freeman

    The first dress is a full on Katy Perry Dress. The second one should be immediately lit on fire, as it is no one’s dress.

    • The first dress is made of the material they used for cigarette cases and mesh purses around 1960. The second is straight up bedspread material from the same era.

  • Victoria Anzalone


    • Victoria Anzalone

      ‘Scuse me. Too early for eloquence.

  • Judy_S

    That D&G ensemble is ugly. Jackie Kennedy couldn’t make it look appropriate.

    • conniemd

      Funny. I looked at the D & G and thought maybe Jackie or Shelly O might be appropriate, but discarded the idea because it’s just too ill designed for a first lady to wear. At least the color would look good on Shelly O as a contrast to her skin color.

  • MissMariRose

    What manner of modern marvel engineering is holding up her boobs in that first dress? I’m impressed.

    • @Biting Panda

      I love her rack. It’s full on Karen Walker and she knows and she owns it and I’m more than a little jealous of it.

      • mshesterp

        I’m going to class up the joint and say Perry’s got the best boobs in the business (or at least she regularly displays them in a spectacular fashion). Definitely jealous of her bosom.

        • ailujailuj

          I was just typing “she has the best boobs in the business”. let’s be besties.

    • 3boysful

      But she’s spilling out the sides. Awful.

      • ailujailuj

        From the front, yes… but it’s a sexy look from an angle. I love the way it fits her. I’m a little biased because that type of cut always looks like that on me – but it doesn’t look sloppy like many dresses do. but I’m also on a boobie run today, so you’ll excuse me if I overindulge.

  • decormaven

    The colors in the second gown are not good. Reminds me of those old pink and rose tile combos used in 1930s bathrooms.

    • The… pinkish color reminds me of those awful pillow-shaped candies that had a silken texture-look to the outside, and were filled with peanut butter.

      • demidaemon

        That just adds another nasty flavor to this shit dress.

  • IraKi

    The horror the HORROR ehm… I mean the hair! It is beyond matrony. It is goddamn awful! And the dresses are not just old fashioned. They are tacky AND old fashioned. Colour me disappointed; they’ve taken a beautiful woman and turned her into… something not beautiful!

  • Laura Renee

    No excuses for the second, but the first…I don’t think is so bad. Pretty color and I can’t take my eyes off her rack, so that’s some sign of success, right?

  • amanda siegelson

    well, her hair stylist obviously hates her. i think she’s trying for “geshia” on the second look. she’s failing, of course.

  • imspinningaround

    “Get it? They’re prisms! Because my album–oh, you get it already.”

  • Sam Smith

    That first dress reminds me of some horrible top i had in the 80s.

  • JR Labrador

    The first dress looks like someone bisected a disco ball and glued the pieces to her chest. The second look is serving up some Mamie Eisenhower realness.

  • Mismarker

    That first dress is giving me some full-on boob envy right now. I mean, how are they so round and high? How???

    • MilaXX

      It loos like there may be some slight underpinning n the triangles. She has youth on her side so that helps, but they are quite as high as in the pink dress.

    • another_laura

      There is most definitely structure under that halter in the blue dress.

    • ailujailuj

      Agree with the others, they are being supported. but in general she has absolutely fabulous boobs – the kind you want to touch a little bit… or maybe I’m just hungry.

  • Diego!

    Oh no… the first dress looks like table clothes… the second like a curtain… Honey, your off-stage dress at the Grammy’s was amazing. Bring that to the RC!

    • StellaZafella

      My mother wore both of these looks when she was in the Eastern Star (Women’s Freemasons) … she campaigned to be Worthy Grand Matron in dress # 2…1964

      • Diego!

        hahaha Maybe if Katy had been living in 1964 she would be a pin up model wearing clothes for a Givenchy catalogue (?)

  • I’m confused. When you say “drop that waist a few inches”, to my eye then the seam will not be at her natural waist, but somewhere between her belly button and her pubic bone. Which is a perfectly fine place for a seam, but it certainly isn’t her waistline, and if she’s like most women, it will lie in a place that is wider than her actual waist. Why will this make the dress look better? Is it because it elongates the torso? Serious question.

    The photos of her in the second ensemble should be labeled simply with “quel horreur” and ’nuff said. Hard to believe that’s a couture creation. It reminds me of something a not-too-talented home seamstress made from a Butterick pattern c. 1965, which somehow found its way to a vintage shop, where it is discovered with glee the week before Halloween.

    • ballerinawithagun

      Thanks, I didn’t understand the drop the waistline either. The torso does need to be elongated. That fabric is so wild, it would have looked great as just a simple halter sheath coming down from her fabulous breasts. I’d like a wider band around the neck of the halter, this narrow almost rat tail string is way too narrow.
      As someone said above, The horror, the horror. Definitely pulled our of the bargain vintage bin at Goodwill.

  • The first look is one of the worst RC looks I’ve seen in a while.

    It has zero style, the fabric looks cheap, and the entire thing looks like a Barbie dress from the 80es.

    The second look is bonkers, but I kind of love it. It would have probably looked better on Gaga or Florence.

    • Watts

      Before I even clicked on the post, the teaser image made me think of a dress I bought at a flea market in the 80s – for my Barbie.

      • MartyBellerMask

        YEP. I was about to head to google to find said dress…

  • MzzPants

    Okay, the second look is a complete Pat Nixon. But can we talk more about the first gown? The waistline of this dress is at her natural waistline. Any lower, and it would cut into her hip spring. Again, it seems fashion trends have brainwashed you to believe otherwise, TLo. And the bust fit is perfect. Katy has a generous bosom. Whatever support they built into this gown is doing just that: supporting. Her bust is not drooping, functioning as a chin rest, or garishly overexposed. A smaller cup would have been a disaster of smooshy, painful looking cleavage. Again, and more appropriately, I say: it ain’t always time to rock the Smurfette frock.

    • MarieLD

      How would one “reduce those massive cups by a third”? Her own or the triangles of the dress? Curious.

      • The triangles of the dress.

        • conniemd

          I’m trying to picture reducing the triangles without showing even more side boobage. The only ways I can think of is to start the point of the triangle lower down and make the dress an empire waist?

          • Lower L

            I’m not a fan of the angular bulges at the outer edge of the bustline, which are caused by the darts. It seems to me that designers ought to re-think darting for busty women–perhaps changing from one horizontal dart at the “equator” (so to speak) to two or more at different locations?

        • mixedupfiles

          It seems the book is more focused on life-living, but I think it would be a good idea for you to make the next book about these kinds of things — the whys and wherefores of the nitty gritty of looks. You could take on some interns to do a lot of the grunt work, being (soon now) successful authors.

    • Fordzo a.k.a. Fancy Mukluks

      Exactly, MzzPants. If the cups were made smaller, it would be a look straight out of Lil Kim’s book. I don’t like the look, but I will sing praises again to the person responsible for supporting her boobs. Her girls always look like they are doing exactly what they should – as you put it, they are never choking her or drooping.

  • dashwoodstole

    Couldn’t believe the first one was Armani, it looks so cheap.

    • CB

      It looks like the material the tails in cheap mermaid Halloween costumes are made of.

    • another_laura

      Oh no, I had to go back up and check that reference. That is such a letdown from Armani.

  • I think her stylist is just messing with her, now.

  • Claudia

    C’mon, I know she’s young, but NOBODY’S bust is that gravity defying! I call shenanigans – and by shenanigans I mean boob job. And the second look created a weird optical illusion and completely confused my brain. I stared at it for ages before realising it was NOT taken in sepia tones.

    • Candigirl1968

      It looks more like she’s being smushed than defying gravity (see that excessive side boob). It’s why the waist sits so high – that dress isn’t for someone with ample bosom and the waist is rising up as a result. I wouldn’t be surprised if that tie in the back is cutting into her neck from the strain (I’ve been there myself). Katy’s stylists know her proportions, and I’m sure there are enough folks throwing gowns at Katy for them to find amazing gowns that actually fit well.

  • Fordzo a.k.a. Fancy Mukluks

    Note to self: when I’m going to be wearing a backless, practically sideless dress for the evening, DO NOT wear a bra up until the very minute you need to put the dress on.

  • Cee Layton

    That second one is the ugliest set of curtains I have ever seen. I sort of like the retro hair styles. Channeling Audrey a little bit.

  • Danielle

    I like the second look MUCH more than the first. Ice Skater Chic.

  • Sarah

    The first look I don’t mind because the color is really pretty, and the fabric says Katy Perry to me. But the second, whoa. It is wrinkled, for one, which isn’t helping. That cape is also serving me “fanciest haircut cape at the salon” and that is not good. ETA: Nay to the hair, just Nay.

  • Jecca2244

    is her hair in bad shape and that’s why they are always putting it up? It seems the trend in Hollywood hair right now is to hide your own or cut it off because it is so damaged.

  • Donna Luder

    Dress #2: Pretty sure she’s on her way to ask Rhett Butler to lend her some money.

  • lisaepc

    Maybe she is trying to channel 1960s Liz Taylor? Not succeeding but there you go…

  • Jess Collett

    The fabric on the first dress reminds me of a beanie baby I used to have. I’m getting rather strong nineties flashbacks.

  • teensmom99

    Dress #2: Everything’s coming up roses.

  • Maybe it was the spot-on mafia description of the first look but the second look intensely reminds me of Lorraine Bracco in Goodfellas for some reason.

    So I get mafia wife from both pics, really. The first one is a little more Scarface, the second one Goodfellas. How I see it, anyway.

  • elemspbee

    glendora on bewitched? perhaps a musical version is on the works?

  • Janet B

    The D & G shows off her waist.

  • cocohall

    The first dress appears to have some serious scaffolding built into it. It literally looks like a wall with a shelf, which is what you would need to support Katy’s impressive bosom. Standing probably isn’t too bad, but I can’t imagine sitting in that. It’s sad that the best part of the dress is hidden from view and the rest is so dowdy. But props to whoever built that for her because it is doing its job!

    The homage to ugly couch upholstery just needs to be set on fire. I think the silhouette could be fun if deployed in some other fabric. Is she trying to make Grandma Chic a thing?

  • Mrs. Julien

    I think the first one is more Esther Williams than Ethel Merman.

  • Trey

    She’ll plant her own tree and she’ll make it grow.

    • boweryboy

      Her tree will not be just one in a row…

  • BrianaJC

    I have to admit it, I LOVE the hair wreath. especially in the first look, juxtaposed with that iridescent fabric. to me, it looks great on her and balanced the dress.

  • kt

    Pretty sure she is in Elizabeth Taylor costumes in all 3 outfits of the last 2 posts. The pink is rough, but boobs aside that other 2 were lovely

  • Pennymac

    Look one was pretty awful. I guffawed at #2!

  • boweryboy

    I like the earrings in the second look. That’s about the nicest thing I can muster.

  • MannahattaMamma

    an explosion in a couch factory.

  • BitterOldQueen

    Somebody wants to show that she’s a big grown-up girl now, and that we should no longer expect geometric shapes on her head or bubbles coming out of her boobs. Maybe she’ll find a middle ground between pop princess and My Mom on New Years Eve in 1962…

  • Jaeda Laurez

    I actually like look #1- I feel like it’s a nod to “Crazy Katy Perry,” while still moving towards “Grown Up Katy Perry”. #2 is just terrible though.

  • quiltrx

    I think this is the first time I’ve ever had to say the nay-no to a cape and gown. Total drape material, circa mid 80s. And it’s giving her uniboob, no less.
    The fabric on that first gown is gorgeous. And I agree on a lower waist, but how can she go any smaller on the cups? Her left tit is practically smushing out the side as it is.

  • lalahartma

    Lol! The second one!

  • Judy_J

    The second dress makes me think someone’s been messing with Miss Ellen’s poitiers again.

  • stubbornthoughts

    BOOOOOOOOO these looks!

  • thunderthighs

    I love the clip-on bang. She looks like Lizzy Caplan. I gotta say I love how she brings the drag and drama. She’s a cartoon pop star, isn’t that her job?

  • giddypony

    Why does she have smoothed boo be in the second? The lack of waist definition is also a giving a early second trimester vibe where you still sort of fit your regular clothes

  • awtchy1

    It looks like they’re trying to unsuccessfully hide a baby bump.

    • Kimberly Wilcox

      That was my first thought actually. That there had to be something under there to hide because they would never put her in these things….(one would hope).

  • Paula Pertile

    That second one is sort of Auntie Mame? She needs a cigarette holder. Why that color though? Bleah.

  • Lesley

    that second look you can’t tell where the dress ends and cape begins talk about looking like a couch (ref. kim k @ the met gala)

  • Sabin

    Don’t care for the Rainbow Fish look at all, but am curiously drawn to #2. The color doesn’t work on her, and the whole thing is definitely weird, but it’s also sort of comforting, like grandma in the 60s. (I had a young grandma)

  • Violentcello

    I don’t know why I like the second look so much but I do. I hear all your criticisms and they totally make sense, but I still like it.

    • Imasewsure

      I can’t join you in liking it but at least two other people loved it… Katy and her stylist so you are not alone….me though.. head scratcher…

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  • DB Ruberto

    As a person that just got done with a relationship with a control freak, red flags and bells are RINGING!!! I think she is trying to tone down her inner Katy…

  • Lily-Rygh

    I really love the cocktail ring in the second look. (And it’s sad when that’s about all I like of either!)

  • Noah

    The first thought that sprang to mind was, “Tasteful sideboob.”

  • Imasewsure

    Ethel Merman is spot on… also getting a late 70’s Liz Taylor vibe but not in a good way

  • MMK_LB

    Any chance she is pregnant? Her waistlines have been just a bit high of late and it may explain why her chest apprears a bit bigger. It was my first thought when I saw the top photo.

    • I doubt she’s pregnant. I’ve just bought tickets at vast expense for her arena tour in September (I have a nine year old -don’t judge)

      • MMK_LB

        No judgement here. I considered getting tickets to take my 13 year old!

    • Erica_Vuitton

      That is exactly what I thought! Especially in her performance outfit she looked…different.

  • DesertDweller79

    The first dress gets a GTNYD from me. The second one….. I have no idea. Baffling.

  • DesertDweller79

    Oh, and regarding the waist on that first one…. I sympathize a bit. I’ve been finding more and more dresses lately have a waistline which is too high. Of course, she has money. I am now being extremely picky and only buying the dress if I know I can spend the money to get the waistline dropped.

  • murt

    Gosh I initially thought the second set of pictures had a slight sepia tone to them or something before I realized that was the actual colour of the dress.

  • marlie

    I like the first look more than TLo. I think it needed a silver belt or something, and it would have been fine. That second look, though? Awful from head to toe. It looks like a dress that Jackie O rejected because it looks like it was made out of ugly curtains. Also, I HATE her hair in the second look. HATE.

  • Qitkat

    So I was just musing to myself that Katy can look good in almost everything.
    Scrolling down. BOING!
    Picking my eyeballs off the keyboard.

  • Akemi

    I thought the first dress was bad (and reminiscent of a Barbie doll I used to have called “Crystal Barbie”) but man, that second dress is a disaster.

  • MoHub

    Can’t agree about reducing the size of the cups on number 1 considering she appears to be popping out on the sides. However, you nailed it on number 2; it’s a middle-aged First Lady’s (Lady Bird Johnson, not Shelley O. by any means) Inaugural gown.

  • DaveinAlamitosBeach

    What is with that whole Esther Williams look she is trying to pull off with the first look? With that hideous tight hairdo thing and that top, I keep expecting her to pull off her skirt and dive into a pool. She really needs to rethink all of this.

  • hillmad

    TLo nailed it again: La Merman!

  • Stefanie Argudo Mackenzie

    That second thing looks like it was made by a home ec class circa 1964. Lordy, that’s UGLY! Someone must have dug it out of a back room where the true horrors go.

  • lrober03

    Is it secretly Lizzy Caplan in the second outfit?

  • SouthernGirlRena

    The fabric in the first dress is totally Disney store princess, perfect for a 4 year old. Not so much for an adult. The second says Doris Day, but she would have dropped the neckline an inch or 8. Her skin is fantastic.

  • Vainte

    The D&G makes her look like a new super hero – Shower Curtain Woman.

    And that hair…

  • JaCory Deon

    I think she pulls off the “1950’s Cheesecake” look better than this “1950’s Senator’s Wife (in drag)” look. Um, no.

  • NinjaCate

    HOW DOES SHE GET HER TITS TO STAY UP?!?! She claims their real so I need to know her gravity defying secrets. My sad boobs are at my knees.

  • formerlyAnon

    I’m thinking she’s come into super powers. Each ensemble reflects an aspect. The 2nd one is definitely SuperSofaWoman, able to redesign grandma’s house into a modern showplace or cosy 21st family abode in an afternoon and the purchase of no more than one major piece and some paint.

  • mgm_tob

    I guess I’ll have to call it. I think she’s pregnant. Glowing, happy look + covered up = bun in the oven.

  • MM4321

    She has a hot body and all, but honestly she just doesn’t work as a fashionista, for me at least. Stick to being wacky and cute and leave the high fashion to someone else.

  • Deedles

    As a busty woman, it makes my damn eyelids twitch when busty women in arms appear to think that they can pull off the same fashion that women of less than a D-cup can. WE CAN’T. WE END UP LOOKING LIKE PORN STARS, OUR GRANDMOTHERS AND/OR HAVING UNI-BOOB (dress #2, I am talking to YOU).

  • thecitysleeps

    Katy, you’re not Holly Golightly.

  • demidaemon

    That first look is not flattering for a busty lady. She needs supportive straps, stat. The second one is just flat out ugly.

  • yulaffin

    I kind of like the first gown but the Dolce & Gabbana looks like my Granny’s old curtains.

  • trisker

    The hair pastry reminds me of that send-up of Star Wars in which Carrie Fisher a Danish on each side of her head. The second one is totally “inner Kate Smith”. She’s SO pretty though — the face in each is lovely.

  • Alexis Boucher

    My instant reaction to the second outfit was: “GRANDMA’S SOFA!” Yikes

  • CarrieBaby

    She cant make the cups smaller on the first one w/o a nip slip. That’s why busty girls usually stay away from those types of dress. With the second look, I would have preferred a solid color cape. Also, are those bangs fake? The front part of her hair doesn’t look fully attached

  • sagecreek

    I can’t be the only one who cracks up at the sight of $20,000 of clothing and jewelry standing in front of a Bud Light logo, right?

  • KT

    Dear god… this just reeks of old queen. Sweetie, you need gays who are on the cutting edge, not holding onto the ledge.

  • Joey Melliza

    the second look’s like – she just rolled out of bed and totally forgot to leave the sheets behind

  • LambeeBaby

    Hysterical! These are great fun costumes.

  • She needs to caption one of these pictures with “U MAD?” and send it to her stylist, ASAP.

  • People who have not seen a young Ethel Merman onscreen don’t realize she was a hottie like Perry once. It sounds like you have!

  • Gatto Nero

    How nice that Katy’s mom could attend.

  • smh4748

    Wow, 1970s mafia wedding AND a Betty Ford reincarnation in one post? Our lucky day.

  • Wow- she’s got a Kyle Richards vibe going on in that first dress.

  • Kimberly Wilcox

    I’m just thrilled she doesn’t look sticky. I swear when she wears the dresses that make her look like deserts she gives off this “sticky” vibe. The first one looks like she’s going to a vintage costume party, and the second looks like its made out of drapes.

  • Amanda Miller

    I hate to be one of those people, but is it possible she’s pregnant? I feel like low cut, high waisted dresses are the bastion of celebrities in their first trimester.

  • DeidreRobbers

    This looks like the cockroach dress in the original Hairspray, or maybe it’s just me.