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“…my whole life is art and my whole life is performance…”

August 1, 2009

Lady Gaga’s unique style has always caught her audience’s attention. “Fashion is everything,” she says, “I want the imagery to be so strong that fans will want to eat and taste and lick every part of us.” The artist has definitely been successful in making an impression with her shocking outfits; she’s performed in a bodysuit with cone-shaped lightning breasts, she’s been photographed wearing nothing but metal orbit-shaped discs around her head, and she became a lampshade for one of her interviews. But, my all-time favorite is the Kermit the Frog coat she wore in a recent interview she had with German television. She even accessorized her outfit with a single Kermit on her head!

Lady GaGa

Lady GaGa

Lady GaGa & lampshade

“I dress this way all the time because it inspires my life. I dress this way because my whole life is art and my whole life is performance,” explains Lady Gaga. “You don’t need money to live the way that I live. You just need a good idea and creativity.” Lady Gaga definitely has tons of creativity when it comes to the way she dresses, and the best thing about it is that, even when she’s dressed in the most outrageous of outfits, she acts completely natural, as if she is not wearing anything out of the ordinary. Although this interview is in German, one can still see that the singer is trying to take her outfit seriously. She is talking as if she is wearing jeans and the plainest tee, and not a coat made of dozens of drooping toy frogs!

Lady Gaga’s coat was created by French nobleman and clothing designer Jean Charles de Castelbajac (who is also known as JC/DC).  De Castelbajac’s creations have included a coat of teddy bears worn by Madonna and, of course, Lady Gaga’s famous Kermit coat.

Lady Gaga & Kermit

What do you think of Lady GaGa’s style?  Is she fashion forward?  Or completely ridiculous?

Meet the “Gaudy” Girls: Nayla

July 8, 2009


Get to know Nayla, the Avant Gaudy summer Business Analyst.

Where are you from? Where do you live now?
I am from Cairo, Egypt. I’m currently living in Chicago.

What is your profession/major? 
I just graduated from the University of Chicago, where I studied Economics and Visual Arts.

Favorite movies?
I can’t think of an all time favorite, but some movies I never get bored of watching are: Closer, Amelie, Once, Napoleon Dynamite, The Big Lebowski and Chocolat. I also really liked: The Sea Inside, Lost in Translation, American Beauty, Trainspotting, Revolutionary Road, Pulp Fiction, Mulholland Drive and The Usual Suspects.

What T.V. shows are you currently watching/still addicted to?
I am currently watching 30 Rock and I love it! I also like Seinfeld, The Simpsons, Southpark and Sex and the City.

What kind of music do you like? What bands are you listening to?
I was listening to Nirvana and Elliott Smith earlier today and I’m listening to Wilco now. But I like many different bands, and I love listening to stuff I’ve never heard before. I can’t say I have a favorite song, band or music genre. 

“Things you love?” (People, places, things)
I love meeting new people, I really enjoy going out to dinner with friends, trying new restaurants, and traveling and visiting new places. I also love sitting on the lake across from my apartment in Hyde Park and watching the Chicago skyline.

Favorite fashion/beauty magazine?
I would have to say Vogue.

Favorite clothing item/accessory that you own?
My high-waisted short black skirt because it can be worn in summer and winter, with tights and without, and matches with almost everything in my closet.

How would you describe your personal style? 
I would say somewhat casual and simple. I tend to stick to neutral colors and make my outfits more interesting by wearing lots of jewelry and colorful scarves, shoes and bags.

One thing you’ll never wear?
I would never wear a Northface fleece!
Style icon?
Sienna Miller, Kate Moss, Sarah Jessica Parker, Chloe Sevigny.

Nayla's style icons

What is your most recent purchase?
I just bought a transparent cream-colored shirt with a frilly collar yesterday.

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?
Probably Rome, but I don’t speak Italian so I would have to learn it first. Or maybe Paris or Barcelona.

Obsessed with/can’t live without?

Your perfect day?
Being on the beach all day.

Guilty pleasure?
Sitting in bed all day and watching movies on my laptop.

Favorite food or drink?
Coffee, diet coke or red wine

What web site do you have to check everyday?
I have to check my gmail email every time I see a computer! Some other websites I check often are:
The Sartorialist – its my favorite street style blog

Some other websites I love:
Learning To Love You More
Aparment Therapy

Art Letter
Multicolr Search Lab

What is your favorite item from Avant Gaudy?
This beige wooly cardigan because it is so soft and comfy, and it can be worn with anything.

AG beige wooly cardigan, $38

Pauric Sweeney’s Special Edition 16

June 26, 2009

Pauric Sweeney’s new line of handbags, the Special Edition 16 collection, caught my attention because their bright, neon color palette and geometric designs bring recall the somewhat chaotic style of the 80’s but do so in a subdued manner.

“The colors came out of my subconscious,” says Sweeney, “I am a child of the ’80s, after all.” Sweeney, who began making graphic clutches and purses in 2005, sees his “handbags as compositions as well as objects.” The Special Edition 16 collection is inspired by the avant-garde sound of composer and electronic music pioneer John Cage.

The collection features handbags composed of a mix of exotic skins (such as such as crocodile, alligator, stingray, and calfskin) cut into geometric shapes and set on backgrounds of dazzling neon colors. Featured below is one bubble-gum pink shoulder bag from the collection.

New Designer - Pauric Sweeney (Elle)