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You And I… Lady Gaga Does It Again

17 Aug

GirlSeekingShoe here.

“Sit back down where you belong, in the corner of my bar with your high heels on.”

Such a catchy tune, that Gaga’s fans have known the words of a year before its official release… how could we not, when she tailors it to every audience, in almost all of her performances?

And the video certainly lives up to the gold standards she has set for herself; raising the bar yet again, this time even transforming into a man.

Although the fashion and make-up in Judas remains my favourite of the Haus of Gaga’s numerous creations, the Renaissance style is here transformed into an otherworldly mermaid/Edward Scissorhands composition. That sentence shouldn’t work in real-life, but it does, and You And I brings something completely new to the table. Again. She just keeps delivering.

There are some stunning cinematic shots in this video, and, I’m no Film Studies student, but the colour composition looks perfect to me. It conveys the wistful mood of the song, and it’s underlying hard determination.

This look is typically Gaga, and the mouthpiece/voice box thing brings to mind the original Little Mermaid tale, in which she gives up her voice to become human. The Jackie O style huge sunglasses are quite fabulous, and the black hat with veil combined with all the metal brings to  mind Burton’s and Depp’s Edward Scissorhands, making it more Morticia Adams than First Lady.

The shots of Gaga face to face with herself as a man are quite poignant, with her little-girl simplicity shown in stark contrast to her James Dean alter-ego. This shots are beautifully filmed; I especially love the opening framing with the crops.

Gaga’s simple look is quite unusual for her, with the straight hair and pared-down make-up. But the touches of Gaga are there, with the hair being platinum blond and her coral/orange lips.  I think she looks quite nice, but without the orange lips reminding us of her eccentricity she would look nothing like her usual eclectic self.

I admit that I do prefer it when she goes back to her out-there fashion in the rest of the video.

I love her make-up here; she goes back to that Renaissance look with the eyeliner swirls from Judas. Stunning. Also, gold is a universally flattering colour, and she works it!

When I first glimpsed this outfit in the video, I just accepted it and dismissed it as another Gaga creation. But on closer inspection, the details arr astounding. I was astonished to see how much work must have gone into the layers of fabric. Take a look at the rose on her left shoulder (her left, not yours):

Gaga’s eccentricity is shown through, amongst other things, her hair. So far, my favourite hair styles from her ever-growing collection are curly blonde (as seen in Judas), and black-and-straight (above). But now I have a new favourite:

That blue is amazing!! I love it. Forget the black leather bondage outfit, the hair makes this shot for me. Incredible.

Like I said, Gaga does it again.

GirlStillSeekingShoe xoxo

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