Lady Gaga and Beyonce’s long-awaited “Telephone” video is finally here and just as we’d all hoped, it’s a fashion explosion.
Set in a prison, the Tarantino-inspired video follows Gaga and Beyonce’s Sid and Nancy-esque love affair from jail bailout to mass murder in a honky-tonk and trailer-trash diner. Naturally, they end up on the lam in a red and yellow, flame-detailed “P*ssy Wagon.”
But while the storyline of the 10 minute long video is certainly compelling and creative, it’s Gaga and Beyonce’s getups that have us totally obsessed. And since both artists are undeniably fashion icons — though Gaga may wear the crown better than Beyonce — we don’t doubt that this video will make waves in the industry, both as inspiration and confirmation of trends already here and to come.
Without further ado, the five trends inspired and confirmed by “Telephone.”
Update: V Man fashion editor Nicola Formichetti has a frame-by-frame breakdown (by designer!) of every outfit worn in the video. Amazing.
Already seen on the runways of Alexander Wang, Lady Gaga’s razorblade version of the geometric cat-eye is, for lack of a better and/or more appropriate word, fierce.
Inspired, no doubt, by Dazed and Confused editrice Kate Shillingford’s icy hues, Gaga brought back her Grammy-worn, ombre yellow hair — and to wonderful effect. Paired with trashtastic Americana clothing, the look was equal parts diner waitress bleach and lower east side grown-out dye-job. We love.
Gaga has been at this for a while and she’s showing no signs of giving up: the woman is determined to bring back the statement hat. While her’s typically involve astronomical constellations and/or entire telephones, we’re sure this is easily translatable into something slightly more interesting than the fedora. We called it first.
4. Less Skin
While this concept may at first seem contradictory to, well, the entire video, we don’t doubt that these burka-inspired costumes were a very deliberate decision. Yes, Gaga is somewhere between three-quarters and half-naked for the majority of the video, but she and Beyonce choose to cover-up at a key point in the narrative arc. Anyway, at the close of the FW 2010 shows, the undeniable takeaway was that hemlines are coming down and fashion is moving in a more demure direction. Gaga agrees.
And finally, our favorite please-bring-it-back of the video: high-fat, low-health, greasy-spoon, and therefore utterly delicious food. From the moment Beyonce ferociously shoves a honeybun in Gaga’s open mouth, to the poisoned albeit heavily mayonnaised sandwiches, these ladies know how to eat. And considering Marc Jacobs’ effort to cast a wide range of ages and sizes in his FW2010 show for Louis Vuitton, Crystal Renn’s meteoric and no doubt satisfying rise to the top, and, of course, V magazine’s size issue, it’s easy to admit that Gaga and Beyonce are right on trend.