Lady Gaga has finally released the music video for her latest single, “Applause,” directed by fashion photography powerhouse Inez & Vinoodh. Since the singer is currently preoccupied with a supposed “exchange” between arts and pop culture (as if one would somehow make the other better?), the video is predictably… arty.
It’s also kind of incoherent–a pastiche of performance, dance sequences and costumes for costumes’ sakes. But since Gaga is some kind of Russian nesting doll of pure expression and radio-friendly hooks–”art’s in pop culture in me”–we know that even her seemingly random fashion and beauty decisions have artistic value.
Using our two and a half semesters of art history class at the junior college, we’re here to guide you through some of the video’s most noteworthy looks. More
Lady Gaga has theÂ L’Uomo Vogue cover, all done up like an androgynous pirate robot. She was shot by Inez and Vinoodh and this is news because there’s a topless shot. But wait! More
Here’s Justin Bieber doing his best Blue Steel on the latest V. And, yes, that is mesh Dolce & Gabbana he’s wearing. More
World’s biggest eyeroll? More
“Sheâ€™s so fucking ugly I wouldnâ€™t let my dog near her.” More
Remember Lady Gaga’s “You* and I” video? Apparently Gaga collaborated on some supplementary material with fashion greats Inez & Vinoodh and will release a “short film” starring each of her characters from the original video. This is the video about Yuyi, so now you can watch Gaga as a chainsmoking mermaid sit in a director’s chair and wail “Nebraska” repeatedly, if that was a hole in your heart before. More
Remember when we mentioned Riccardo Tisci’s really expensive issue of Visionaire? Well, it’s out. And thankfully it’s hardcover (I don’t know if I’m joking). It’s also very, very NSFW. The issue is described as Tisci’s “meditation on the theme of religion” and explores the subject as “a synonym for obsession, ritual, worship, apparition and the celebration of humanity.” PROVIDED YOU ARE NOT AT WORK (or have a really cool job), check out Lara Stone,Â Marina Abramovic, and Arizona Muse and more photographed by majors like Inez & Vinoodh, Mert & Marcus and Mario Testino. More
Inez & Vinoodh shot Sasha PivovarovaÂ for Vogue Paris’ June/July 2011 issue. “Down Town Girl” features the supermodel wandering the streets of New York City as a deadringer for Madonna in Desperately Seeking Susan. Check out the eyebrows, the mole and the great styling. More
Bred in the Ukraine, born in Krakow and raised in Ontario, Daria Werbowy is the girl with the golden measurements (standing 5’11” at 34-24-34) and the unforgettable face. She rocketed to fame with Prada’s 2003 campaign, going on to land every blue chip campaign available: Dior, YSL, Chanel, Versace, Missoni,etc. If Natalia Vodianova is this generation’s Christy Turlington, then Daria is Linda Evangelista: familiar but exotic, unconventional, striking, almost fascinatingly beautiful, with a face you could look at for hours. More