Katy Perry & Halftime Couture

Article Lead - wide65681167133sy4image.related.articleLeadwide.729x410.133rwv.png1422960825698.jpg-620x349No matter what you thought about it, one thing is for sure…Katy Perry’s Super Bowl 49 performance was colorful. Ascending on a star at the end of the twelve minutes while singing her hit “Firework” might have reminded a few of the ‘older’ rockers in the audience of good old David Lee Roth manning his flying surfboard over the heads of his concert goers. But for sheer spectacle of costume alone, Katy Perry left  even her harshest critics agog.

Though she’s busty enough to experience a wardrobe malfunction if things were not secured, the reigning confectionery pop diva was outfitted well by her long time friend Jeremy Scott. As Scott told Style.com, he was well aware of how many people would be seeing Katy’s performance-and therefore her concert couture-and along with the pop diva he was hoping to create a populist statement. As he says “I love pop culture, and for me that’s one of the things that’s so exciting about this opportunity”.

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Of course one has to consider that in a very brief amount of time Katy P. needed to present a bunch of different looks (“worlds” she called them) over the course of the songs she sang, the guests who showed-Missy Elliott and Lenny Kravitz-and past her many dancers. For this to be accomplished Scott and Katy created what he called a “Russian nesting doll“ effect where Kathy could peel out of her opening flame outfit during the song “Roar” into a more iconic beach ball “California Gurls” look, then don a sparkly hoodie and then that holographic star dress that Scott actually designed for Moschino. It all happened fast, without nary a chance for hiccup, as what Katy Perry wore became as important as every other visual for the brief performance.superbowlfootballkarr22308269920_t755_hc43a344fa6e74e402ad9e10f059e7b69a3c43163

While it was reported by the Wall Street Journal that the NFL was looking to get artists to pony-up a fee for playing such unequaled exposure (112 million people watched Bruno Mars at last year’s halftime, earning the singer almost four times the total of people who peaked into 2014’s Grammys!) Katy (like Mars and Beyoncé) did not pay nor were they paid…but the NFL did cover the halftime’s enormous productions costs.

Including Katy’s costuming.

A Pre-New Year’s Celebrity Fashion Round-Up

Pamela Anderson in BikiniCelebrity fashion news flies by us faster than any trend you care to name. As we ramp-up to 2015, here are some recent notables-some frivolous, some fashionable-but all newsworthy…at least according to the web.

Vanessa Bryant, Kobe Bryant’s missus wore a $6500.00 Michael Costello dress on her family’s annual Xmas card. The dress, previously worn by Beyoncé during her Mrs. Carter Show World Tour, is making quite the stir across Instagram, though Kobe and kids Natalie and Gianna are also in the pic. One-upmanship, or just a holiday greeting from the Bryants?

In either a sublime play to get lots of play for her new book or a true ‘wardrobe malfunction,’ last week ex-Vice President candidate, but still GOP hottie, Sarah Palin revealed more then what she was cooking on her Sarah Palin Channel. Palin’s black top slipped to show maybe more cleavage then she intended during a four minute video for her new book Good Tidings and Great Joy: Protecting the Heart of Christmas. The recipe book features yummies like the blueberry pie that the former governor was laying a crust for when her black sweater’s sleeves slipped down to show a little too much bra and boobs…according to some.article-2267971-1725074E000005DC-653_634x853

Causing necks to swing and paparazzi to salivate, Pamela Anderson showed off her bikini ready body (at 47 no less) on a Hawaii beach last week. Dressed in a simple black bikini, Anderson, who has been making the rounds of late showing off her great shape in Purple Magazine, Playboy and the LOVE Advent Holiday Calendar… to name a few, looks as good as ever. Certainly we will see copious amounts of Pamela A. in 2015.

And we get to see copious amounts of famous stars (or at least amounts of them usually covered-up) in the most recent W magazine. Famous photographer Juergen Teller shot stars such as Kristen Stewart, Nicole Kidman, Matthew McConaughey (during his drastic weight loss for The Dallas Buyers Club), Daniel Day-Lewis and quite a few others as they dare go without make-up.



Miss Bey Catches The Spotlight Again

And you’d think the President, more than 500 guests and big birthday bash for first lady would be enough to get press. But it seems what people are most on about is what Beyoncé was wearing.


And I guess being a fashion portal we should take notice too.

In a gold Randi Rahm mini, sporting nude patent-leather heels and a mess of Lorraine Schwartz bangles, it was Miss Bey who made the biggest impression on a whole bunch of net news outlets. Certainly the pictures she took were enough to fill Beyonce’s Tumbler page with stuff, as once again the rich and shameless do their best to convince us how much better their lives are. And yes, hubby Jay Z and the couple’s newest edition Blue Ivy was at the party too but it was Beyoncé mostly anyone and everyone was interested in seeing (and seeing lots of her as they did in that dress that showed off the lady’s gams in a spectacular fashion) as she made the scene and even performed six songs.

This is not the first time Beyoncé has stepped out in something provocative, that her appearance at an event is the most important moment of that event, that she has walked into a spot with her child and Jay Z only to catch all the attention, and it won’t be the last. Let’s face it, as much as we all might be interested in catching what a Leonardo DiCaprio or Hugh Jackman are wearing (and in the case of a Jackman it’s sometimes as interesting to catch what he’s not wearing) in the case of world wide fashion couture, be it in clothes, tattoos, hairstyles or jewels, it is the opposite of what old James Brown sang, it is a woman’s world to be sure!

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The net, Twitter, fans and press are all talking about the new Beyoncé 14-song album. Less the music (no offense, but who has heard enough of the thing to comment yet about the music yet?) it was the way Jay-Z’s lady released her 5th self-titled release that made news and might be what truly pushes this bunch of music to popularity. In one fell swoop Queen Bey went well beyond the fashion of the times and simply threw the album (if one can really call music released in this day and age an ‘album’) out across iTunes with nary a teaser, press or product tie-in.

(In an interesting twist Target is refusing the carry the release saying that though they “have appreciated partnering with Beyoncé in the past,” that her all-digital out-of-the-box move lessens Target’s approach of “primarily focused on offering CDs that will be available in a physical format at the same time as all other formats.”

What the lady did do, that’s indeed very fashionable, was to make a video for each song and get very fashionable indeed with each video.

In many outfits, working through a bunch of themes (some broad satire, other serious fun, still others very ‘artsy’ indeed) and keeping all she did secret until just this past week, Beyoncé uses her stylists, dressers, dancers but mostly herself to give us the full range of her visual sense. What we see in the videos are: the lady in a shimmery bling-licious bikini; wearing a white ‘Harness by Hervé Léger’ in the song “Grown Woman”; sporting a yellow Miss America one-piece in “Pretty Hurts” (and some sci-fi-like silver in the same video); outfitted in zebra stripes and orange hair; wearing ‘vintage’ DKNY in the video for “Blow”…and this is just a few of the couture looks the lady sports.


Just dropping the release on the public as she did, with no pre-selling, no round of interviews about it, no true press to speak of until after the fact (and not so much from the lady herself even with the music/videos out now) many are seeing this move from Beyoncé as a radical one to be sure. If this all converts to sales is yet to be seen, but it is assuredly an interesting approach.

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Timberland…stompin’ round for a second time?

So back to specific fashion this time around.


It seems some 90’s- style footwear is making a big comeback with our 2013 fall fashions. Good old Timberland boots (and Timberland style boots) are all the rage in our celeb taste makers, models and designers.

Mary J. Blige says of the boots “Right now, since they’re coming back, you could do Timberlands with a miniskirt. You could wear them with a pair of jeans and a leather jacket.” And Jersey Shore’s own Sammi claims, “I love them! You could wear them with anything.” Stylist Phillip Bloch claims he’s worn them for years and model Jessica White, says “…Timberlands look great on those who wear them, like Rihanna does a really great job at styling them.”

Reigning pop queen mogul Beyonce recently tweeted a picture of her Timberland collection (God knows why) showing that she has them and in three different styles. And the hip-hop community-everyone from DMX, Aaliyah and record producer and rapper Timothy Zachery Mosley-have embraced them (Mosley ‘acquired’ Timbaland from the boot brand name)

In these blogs I never try to predict style (not that I have the acumen to), try not to comment on them (really, nobody wants to hear my opinion), and merely report on stuff I hope you’ll find interesting. It does seem that these very popular 90’s utilitarian shoes are here to stay.

Super Bowl Halftime Stylin’


According to designer Rubin Singer in 2 months time there were at least five fittings, 200 man hours and a team of 14 working on Beyoncé Pepsi Super Bowl’s Half Time show look. Not only designing the singer’s opening ‘dress’ (which was just a skirt) and outfitting J-Z’s wife with the lace-bottomed body suit she wore under it, as well as a cropped motorcycle jacket she quickly disposed of, the NY-based designer also dressed the 120 background singers for the show and also Destiny Child’s Michelle Williams.

But really, were you listening to the music anyway?

No knock on Miss Knowles but a half time concert is less about the music then it is a big American event (like the Super Bowl itself being less about the football and really the commercials shown in between the game.) It’s no wonder so much attention has been turned to what Beyoncé wore and if and when Destiny Child would show up. But the look of the production-and when I say ‘look’ I really do mean what the star was dressed in-as much as lighting effects, is what catches the public eye.


Beyoncé  ran through “Love on Top,” “Crazy in Love,” and “End of Time,” and more, Destiny’s Child “Bootylicious” and “Independent Woman” to name two, but really lots of people (me included) were much more focused on what the ladies on stage were wearing. And dare I come off as an objectifying pig (which I certainly can be blamed being at times) I think we’ll all admit Mr. Singer did a great job in dressing, but Beyoncé and all the other ladies a better job of wearing.

Check the video of the show here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/02/03/beyonce-super-bowl-halftime-show-video_n_2607434.html?utm_hp_ref=entertainment

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Is It Live Or Is It Beyoncé

Because I have Beyoncé on the brain from a blog I just wrote for us here about her I guess maybe I’ll weigh in (though I know my opinion doesn’t much register in the overall yap yapped this week) to the controversy surrounding our resident pop diva’s turn at the Obama inauguration. It came to light (and God knows really who takes their time vetting these things) that Beyonce’ sang our national anthem ‘live’ to a pre-recorded vocal track of her…singing the national anthem

Seeing as V.G. is concerned with fashion or the fashions of the day I would opine that the fashion of this day (as it has been now for many a day) is to see our brightest and best-est as much lip-syncing in their live concerts, as singing to their own pre-recorded vocal tracks or even to enjoy the extra sweetening of ‘auto-tune’ from their mixing desk sound man wizards. And while I am of the school (or I am just old) that a live performance should pretty much be…live, I know most people do not care about this fact if the show they are seeing is brightly lit, has lots of costume changes, good dancing and what they hear is pretty much a recreation (even if it is a taped one) of what they know from Youtube videos.

Besides, who is watching a live performance anymore anyway when most of the audience is tweeting about the performance as they sit there or trying to capture as much of it on their cell phones to watch later on Youtube.

Most (and I say most) of what I would consider classic rock acts (and for the ones I mean you can check-out our friends at www.vintagerock.com) play their music live and have done so all their career. Sure, I have been privy to quite a few of these older guys having to trot round extra musicians to cover some aged dexterity but recreating songs live with live musicians making music that happens right then and there in front of an audience was what the artistry of live performance was all about. These days, for better or worse, sensibilities are different. And in the end did Beyoncé doing what she did (which was to make sure she pulled-off a pitch perfect vocal of a very difficult song during a very important performance) really put a dent in national security or much matter to your life?

I guess what bothers me is that this practice is de rigueur these days when years ago whomever was up there would have attempted to sing it live since that was de rigueur then,

Do you care? Weigh in.

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Pop Goes The World

Let’s face it, if you’re Rihanna you can’t tweet a picture of yourself wearing a Rolling Stones tee chosen from super-cool London fashion clothier River Island, then a month later reveal to Ryan Seacrest a desire to design clothes without people wondering if indeed you are going to do just that and if it might indeed be for River Island. It was no surprise then that come mid-summer we learned that a range of ’street to chic’ clothing based on the super-popular singer’s wardrobe and made from her choices is indeed going to hit the High Street shop’s shelves come Spring 2003.

“I find London really inspiring and River Island loves to have fun with clothes. I’m looking forward to working with them and creating something really special,” Rihanna said about her proposed RiRi Island designs.

Of course pop stars have been contributing clothing lines for a while now; Beyonce’s House of Dereon, the various Jennifer Lopez creations and even Madonna and her daughter’s junior line and though this new partnership seems to be a can’t miss I know we all tend to view these fashion match-ups (good, bad or indifferent) with more than a little trepidation.

Though River Island’s chief executive Ben Lewis assures us all:

“We are thrilled to be collaborating with Rihanna and to be the first fashion brand to work with her in this way.”

Most people are not built like, would ever look like or even on their best day could ever wish to wear clothes, have their hair and make-up come out as good as our stars do. While we all want to emulate celebs and come to think wearing outfits they have either designed or resemble the ones they wear might bring us that much closer to these people we adore and envy, wearing a RiRi top will not make you Rhianna…though that is the underlying promise of a fashion designer marrying a line with a pop star. If the clothes happen to be cool though, if they are made well and carry a unique style, then all the more power to Rhianna or anyone who attempts this.
We’ll all see in Spring ’13.

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To Be Beyoncé For A Day

There’s no mistaking the connection between fashion and pop-ular music. It’s been there from the days of Elvis’ first gyrations to Carnaby-street frockery in mid-60’s London, to the glam styles of Bowie and his ilk in the 70’s, Madonna, Prince and Michael Jackson a decade later and right up to now with those new pics of indie rocker Christopher Owens taken by Hedi Slimane for Saint Laurent Paris.

No one will ever accuse super popular songstress Beyoncé of not styling every second of her day, but when the lady and Jay-Z-and their new baby Blue Ivey-were all spotted recently on her vacation, as well as her b’day celebration, wouldn’t you know magazines not only reported the sightings and showed the pics, but to be sure we found out right quick about the lady’s cute little shorts outfit (along with a $500 dollar Jil Sander Varsity Lettered Sweater) and then her Gucci Oshibana Print Gathered Pants and ultra-cool Ray Bans.

Sure the Beyoncé’s, Madonna’s, Lenny Kravitz’s of this world (even pop/rock stars seemingly not so concerned with fashion like Bruce Springsteen) are aware that when they step out in public they invite scrutiny as well as paparazzi. As my dear old dad is fond of opining, being in the public eye is part of a celebrity’s job, I just wonder who is ultra aware of what they are wearing and who just dresses super cool because they can afford to and like the clothes?

Or is it in Beyonce’’s case a matter of all these factors together?

Either way, we like watching our hippest, handsomest, most talented (or at least most popular) act as human clothes racks for us. It gives us a chance to dream, ‘what if I was in their place’ and a perfect opportunity for new fashions to get a good public airing.

Rihanna In Fetish Clothes

Erik von Gutenberg recommends Rihanna. She already had fetish clothes on, as early as 2007 at a Toronto concert! She simply rocks and looks awesome!

Rihanna (born Robyn Rihanna Fenty on February 20, 1988) is a Barbadian recording artist and model. Born in Saint Michael, Barbados, Rihanna moved to the United States at the age of 16 to pursue a recording career under the guidance of record producer Evan Rogers. She subsequently signed a contract with Def Jam Recordings after auditioning for then-label head Jay-Z.

In 2005, Rihanna released her debut studio album, Music of the Sun, which peaked in the top ten of the Billboard 200 chart and features the Billboard Hot 100 hit single “Pon de Replay”. Less than a year later, she released her second studio album, A Girl Like Me (2006), which peaked within the top five of the Billboard albums chart, and produced her first US number one hit single, “SOS”, as well as Billboard Hot 100 top ten entries “Unfaithful” and “Break It Off”. Rihanna’s third studio album, Good Girl Gone Bad (2007), peaking at number two on the Billboard 200, featured five top ten hits including three US number one hit singles—”Umbrella”,  “Take a Bow” and “Disturbia” —and the worldwide hit “Don’t Stop the Music” . The album was nominated for nine Grammy Awards, winning Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for “Umbrella,” which features Jay-Z. Her fourth studio album, Rated R, was released in November 2009.

Rihanna has sold over 12 million records, worldwide in her four-year career span and has received several accolades, including the 2007 World Music Awards  for World’s Best-Selling Pop Female Artist and Female Entertainer of the Year, as well as the 2008 American Music Awards for Favorite Soul/R&B Female Artist and Favorite Pop/Rock Female Artist. Rihanna has attained five Hot 100 number one singles, becoming the first of two female artists, joint with Beyoncé, with the most number ones attained within the 2000s. She also serves as one of Barbados’ honorary cultural ambassadors

Her official website: http://www.rihannanow.com/


Source: http://www.hollywoodbackwash.com/rihanna-in-fetish-clothes-at-toronto-concert/ and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rihanna