Miss Katy, perhaps feeling the dual squeeze of both Taylor Swift and Beyoncé jawns sucking up the oxygen in the room, released alternate versions of her “Smile” cover art in her online store and since she’s modeling high-fashion in each one, we feel a duty to discuss them.
Granted, you really can’t see most of the ensembles in any of the artwork, but she’s clearly sticking to the clown-fashion theme of the album, which she’s done a pretty good job of interpreting so far. This is a really cute iteration of the theme without being too literal about it. We don’t think that dress would work very well in a real-world setting, but it’s perfect for promotional artwork or editorials. LOVE that gigantic (and creepy) ring.
This is kind of hilarious and bold when you see the whole crazy garment, but she and her team were probably wise not to unleash the full effect. It’s a fabulous piece of avant-garde fashion, but keeping things tightly coordinated and in extreme closeup for the cover makes for a much more conventionally high-fashion sort of look while still looking exuberant enough to be considered lightly clowny.
And where would Miss Katy be without her beloved Moschino in the mix? This is very cute but almost too conventional for Moschine. We suppose the pink hair helps, but we have to admit, it’s our least favorite of the three looks here. We wouldn’t mind seeing it out in a real-world, sidewalk sashay kind of setting, though.
First Look: Christian Siriano Tulle Bolero and Skirt from the Fall 2020 Collection| Gasoline Glamour Blood Clowny Ring
Second Look: Tomo Koizumi Dress from the Spring 2020 Collection
Third Look: Moschino Polka Dot Trench Dress from the Resort 2021 Collection
Styled by Samantha Burkhart
[Photo Credit: Christine Hahn via katyperry.com, Gasoline Glamour/Instagram, modaoperandi.com, Courtesy of Christian Siriano, Courtesy of Moschino, Courtesy of Tomo Koizum]