Admit it! The real reason you’ve been trolling through the Met-Gala photo galleries was in the hope that you might catch a passing glimpse of Gaga in all her platinum blonde, pre-performance glory. Well, the lovely folks over at Prada were nice enough to pass along a pic of the Lady herself and guess what…not only has she colored her hair the most amazing shade of grey — but her wardrobe! We swoon.
Leave it to the Prada-clad pop starlet to turn up looking atypically classic when everyone else is trying their best to work the avant-garde. And we’ll be the first to say, we’re loving her unexpected — if casual — choice of a cuffed tuxedo.
In fact, in the post-Met madness, we’ve been ruminating a great deal over penguin suits (almost as much as we have about grey hair) — prompted to further consideration by Alexa Chung’s tailored Philip Lim gala get up. We’re still not quite sure whether we loved it or hated it — inching cautiously towards liked.
Of course, daring women appropriating the iconic item of menswear is nothing new. Marlene Dietrich was among the first to turn heads with the look back in the early 20’s and YSL famously introduced androgyny en masse when he launched ‘Le Smoking’ in 1966. Since then, everyone from Diane Keaton and Kate Moss to Angelina Jolie have come out in favor of the gender-bending look as a Victor/Victoria-approved alternative to the gussied-up, pageant girl gown.
But now, between Gaga and Alexa — not to mention those fleeting glimpses of a bow-tie bedecked SJP in the latest Sex in the City movie, we wonder if the tux could be having another moment? Well, if fashion’s cardinal rule of 3s is to be believed, it might be time to take a refresher in bow-tying.
Credits, counter-clockwise from top left: Alexander McQueen Embellished Lapel Tuxedo Jacket, $2295; Stella McCartney Wool Blend Tuxedo Pants, $745; Alexander McQueen Band Leather Sandals, $715; Elizabeth and James Oversized Pique Tuxedo Shirt, $245; all available at Net-a-Porter.com.