Katy Perry in Vivienne Westwood at the 2014 ELLE Style Awards

Posted on February 19, 2014

Damn. Our little cartoon girl really is all grown up, isn’t she?

 

 

 

Katy Perry attends the 3024 ELLE Style Awards in London in a Vivienne Westwood dress paired with Christian Louboutin jeweled pumps.

We have some quibbles with this look, but we want to take a moment and pay her some respect for managing something very, very few female pop stars ever do: the transition from “wacky cartoon character with boobs” to “grown-up woman with sophistication.” Most of them fail spectacularly along the way – even Madonna, who’s something of a template for the female pop star who wants to grow up. The only ones who really managed the transition from girl pop star to chic adult woman, off the top of our heads, are Gwen Stefani and Queen Latifah. We know there are others, and we’re sure all y’all will remind us of them, but that’s who sticks out in our minds on just two cups of coffee. We can add Katy to the list – and we think it’s important to note just how small that list really is, which gives you some idea of how hard it is to make that transition successfully.

And the great thing is, she’s still free to dress like that cartoon character when she wants to. The point is, she’s effectively expanded her image to include looks like this.

Okay, quibbles: Don’t like the hem (which is generally the case with us and all Vivienne Westwood dresses) and don’t like her hair, which looks like it was cut with a pair of blunt kitchen scissors. Otherwise, she’s gangbusters.

 

 

 

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