We are bending the rules to their near-breaking point for this one, but we simply had to, in order to launch this full-on ELEGANZA CAGEMATCH.
See, both of these looks were worn last Friday, but since they came in so late in the day, we didn’t consider them for the weekly showdown. When it came to peruse this week’s red carpetry and make our picks, we both wound up admitting that what we really wanted to pick came out a week ago. But since we make the rules around her, we have decided that this all still very kosher since these dresses were worn later in the day last Friday than this post’s time stamp, so technically, it’s been less than a week and therefore they’re eligible to be pitted against in a furious fashion standoff. We are still playing by the rules! Sort of!
Whatever. Let’s get to judging these divas.
T’s Defense: Oh, please. It will go down as one of the most iconic red carpet looks of the year. I know it’s a lot to take and it’s a bit on the melodramatic side, but those qualities are exactly why this is so well-suited to her – especially for this moment, which you’d want to pretty much serve as a declaration that a star really is being born right in front of you. A movie star who dresses like a figure out of fantasy. That’s Gaga to a tee. People will still talk about this dress in ten years.
L’s Defense: Madame X lives, darlings. It’s not as fashion forward as Gaga’s. It might not even be as dramatic. But it’s quietly gorgeous, stunning and chic-beyond-chic. Elegant and on-point. Perfect for her, perfect for the venue, and perfect for a red carpet that Lady Gaga was going to be walking. This is the Blanchett Look, as far as I’m concerned, because she does it better than just about anyone else.
There you have it, kittens! Two drama queens – and for once, we’re not referring to us!
Lady Gaga: Valentino Feathered Strapless Gown from the Fall 2018 Couture Collection
Styled by Sandra Amador + Tom Eerebout
Cate Blanchett: Armani Privé Black Off-shoulder Gown with Feather Detailing from the Fall 2018 Couture Collection
Styled by Elizabeth Stewart
[Photo Credit: INSTARImages]