By now, most of us are used to Lady Gaga's fashion "shock shtick." After months of meat dresses, facial implants, XXL "surreal beauty moles," and her bare behind flashing beneath a Bruce Springsteen-esque jacket, there isn't much that could surprise us. But then ... at the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) Awards last night, the Mother Monster had a "wardrobe malfunction" that raised a few eyebrows. On the red carpet, her sheer Thierry Mugler gown slipped, revealing full-on boob and nipple-age. And then for the after-party, she showed up in a totally sheer jumpsuit, which revealed her breasts sans nipples this time around and even most of her crotch. Sigh.
I may be in the minority here, but I don't think either instance came off as trashy. But I'm just not sure if this is cutting-edge fashion. Haven't we seen all of this before?
Maybe Mugler or even, say, Vogue editor and Gaga's new texting buddy Anna Wintour believes the almost-nude costumes made a couture "statement."
But, as far as taking fashion to a new level, I say it's a fail. There's nothing new about this look. The turquoise wig is something right out of a Buggles music video circa 1981. As for sheer body stockings or dresses -- weren't they big around 1989? Didn't Paula Abdul and/or Janet Jackson wear a few numbers that resembled the Mugler gown -- sheer on top, black on bottom? Sharon Stone had a similar look a few years ago. Oh, and speaking of Janet ... how long ago was her nip-slip? "Wardrobe malfunctions" are so 2005! And then remember the handful of years when pop stars were running around baring their crotches to the paparazzi? This Gaga "incident" is nothing. We should all know better by now, ladies!
Bottom-line: We could really use some more innovative looks than something recycled from the '80s. There's got to be something fresher out there than a look that sells for $25 in a Frederick's of Hollywood catalogue these days.
What do you think of Gaga's almost-nude look?
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