You’d think that a collection created by Lady Gaga‘s stylist would be pretty ~*wild and crazy*~, but you’d be wrong. As it turns out, Brandon Maxwell, the man who, presumably, thought it was a good idea to put the Monster Queen (am I using that term correctly?) in a suit made of meat and some mildly insane kaleidoscope glasses that literally make it impossible to move two feet without injuring yourself in some way has a keen eye for style and impeccably good taste. I guess this shouldn’t come as a huge surprise though, especially given some of Gaga’s more recent get-ups (I’m still in love with her gown from the Vanity Fair Oscars party).
Maxwell debuted his namesake collection during New York Fashion Week last night, and it was all kinds of ’70s in all the best ways (and if you know anything about ’70s fashion, you know that that’s pretty hard to achieve). Lady Gaga herself was, of course, in attendance, as well as fashion powerhouses Alexander Wang, the president of Bergdorf Goodman, and Gaga’s ex-stylist (and Maxwell’s former boss) Nicola Formichetti.
According to Maxwell, he’s been working on this line since mid-April, when he initially opened an office and began designing. He noted that he needed all this time because styling and designing, as you might imagine, have countless inherent differences, stating that having “that alone time in the studio, just to drape, cut, and sew, was really emotionally liberating.” He even cited Lady Gaga herself as one of his biggest supporters:
“[Lady Gaga] was very, very involved. She’s one of my best friends in the world; we’ve been friends for the better part of a decade. Even when we were very young, she’d tell me, ‘Anything is possible’ and she believed in anything I wanted to do. When I told her years ago that I wanted to [launch a label], she was one of the first people in my life to say, ‘Why not? You have to.’ She pushed me off the ledge! Getting the courage to put your work out there in front of the world takes a lot. You need a great support system behind you to remind you that it’s all going to be okay. Gaga was one of the main people that said, ‘No matter what happens, you just have to take the chance. You just have to do it.’”
When you get the Gaga seal of approval, you’re kind of required to follow through, right? I’m pretty sure that’s written in the Constitution somewhere, probably in the Bill of Rights.
The collection itself truly is beautiful, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see it on a hefty handful of celebrities come awards season. Take a look at some of my favorite looks:
If this is what a ’70s comeback looks like, then I’m all for it.
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