Nicola Formichetti exploring ‘interplay of light and dark’ with Lady Gaga’s Chromatica looks

Nicola Formichetti is exploring an “interplay of light and dark” when it comes to creating brand-new looks for Lady Gaga.The singer, who is well known for bold and extravagant fashion choices, recently released her sixth studio album Chromatica aft…

Nicola Formichetti is exploring an “interplay of light and dark” when it comes to creating brand-new looks for Lady Gaga.

The singer, who is well known for bold and extravagant fashion choices, recently released her sixth studio album Chromatica after teasing fans with tracks Stupid Love and her duet with Ariana Grande, Rain on Me.

In an interview with Vogue.com, Formichetti explained that when dreaming up ensembles for Gaga’s latest music videos, he drew upon her personal transformation over the years.

“Chromatica is not utopian or dystopian. It’s how Gaga sees the world. It’s very, very upbeat, but it’s realistic in its message, and she speaks about a lot of deeply personal things,” he told the fashion publication. “So, there is this interplay of light and dark. We needed something that wasn’t running from the past – actually, we wanted to embrace the past – to show that Gaga is on her path towards healing.”

Formichetti added the music video for Rain on Me also gives a hint to Gaga’s personal journey, thanks to a pair of Demonia boots.

“In the beginning of the video, she has on these really tall, stiletto spike heels,” the designer shared. “By the end, she is wearing platform boots. This silhouette is important. It’s still her, it still looks interesting, but it’s an evolution from high heels, which are more striking and more aggressive, to something that is more grounded. Maybe it’s a little more believable. It’s a different vibe, which we both love.”

And Formichetti also teased more outlandish fashion choices from the A Star Is Born actress.

“We’re all punks here, so we all want to go against the rules whenever we can. There are so many parts to this that we haven’t explored yet. Yeah. Chromatica is big,” he quipped.

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Lady Gaga tried to wear diamond necklace to fast-food restaurant after 2019 Oscars

Lady Gaga attempted to wear a priceless diamond necklace to a fast-food restaurant following the 2019 Academy Awards.The superstar sported an elegant black Alexander McQueen gown to the annual Hollywood prizegiving back in February 2019 and finished of…

Lady Gaga attempted to wear a priceless diamond necklace to a fast-food restaurant following the 2019 Academy Awards.

The superstar sported an elegant black Alexander McQueen gown to the annual Hollywood prizegiving back in February 2019 and finished off the look with long black gloves and a stunning 128-carat yellow cushion-shaped diamond necklace lent to her by Tiffany & Co.

Reflecting on the evening, where she collected the Oscar for Best Original Song for her work on the tune Shallow from A Star Is Born, Gaga revealed during a virtual chat for The Graham Norton Show on Friday that she tried to keep the eye-catching jewel on for the whole night.

“I didn’t know what was going to happen that night – I was just so happy to be there. My sister and I were barrelling through Champagne backstage and when we left, I didn’t tell anyone, and I still had the diamond on,” the 34-year-old shared. “Everyone freaked out that I was still wearing it. When I went to Madonna’s house, security guards were side-eyeing me and eventually, when we were heading to Taco Bell, my car was pulled over and Tiffany’s security politely removed it from my neck!”

The diamond is estimated to be worth $30 million (£24 million) and was last worn by Audrey Hepburn during a publicity photoshoot while she was promoting her 1961 film Breakfast at Tiffany’s.

Elsewhere in the interview, Gaga spoke about her sixth studio album Chromatica, which was released on Friday, and noted it was pretty odd to unveil new music during the coronavirus crisis.

“I am so excited – I’ve been making it for two and a half years. It’s not odd. What is odd is being in the middle of a global pandemic!” she exclaimed. “It is the way it is, and we don’t always get to have things go the way that we see them in life. I’ve always had instilled in me that life can, and will, get very hard, so it’s very important to roll with the punches and deal with it.”

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Clare Waight Keller recalls making ‘incredible’ silver gown for Lady Gaga

Clare Waight Keller has fondly recalled the time she collaborated with Lady Gaga on a red carpet gown.The British designer, who announced her plans to exit her role as creative director of Givenchy following a three-year stint earlier this month, took …

Clare Waight Keller has fondly recalled the time she collaborated with Lady Gaga on a red carpet gown.

The British designer, who announced her plans to exit her role as creative director of Givenchy following a three-year stint earlier this month, took to Instagram on Wednesday to share one of her favourite moments at the French luxury house.

Posting several images of Gaga in the showstopping dress she wore the September 2018 premiere of her movie A Star Is Born, Waight Keller wrote in the caption: “Lady Gaga is one of those talents that truly surprises you at every turn. I had never worked with her before, but I knew whatever we did together was going to create an epic moment.”

Gaga’s dress was custom-made by Waight Keller’s team and comprised a layer of metallic lace draped gauzily over a strapless slip as well as a dramatic cape and train.

Remembering how she and the superstar had been inspired by the idea of “Silver Screen Hollywood from the ’30s, utter glamour and goddess beauty”, the designer was pleased with the mercurial finish of the dress, which she reminisced as “almost like the whole look had literally been dipped in silver”.

As well as the ensemble itself, Waight Keller adored the experience of working with Gaga.

“Lady Gaga is extraordinary in so many ways, as an artist, actress, singer, producer, activist, and businesswoman an icon of putting a love of creativity and passion behind everything she does and making us all sit up and look as she makes those moments happen,” the 49-year-old gushed.

Alongside the photos of the Born This Way hitmaker, Waight Keller also shared snaps of the gown’s last fitting on a stand-in model, and several haute couture pieces that inspired it, noting the dress and cape “took several weeks to painstaking make but the results were incredible”.

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Lady Gaga casts superfans in lip crayon campaign for Haus Laboratories

Lady Gaga has thanked her superfans for their unwavering support by hiring six of them to star in her new lip crayon campaign for Haus Laboratories.The Bad Romance hitmaker launched her debut beauty line back in September, and to celebrate the recent l…

Lady Gaga has thanked her superfans for their unwavering support by hiring six of them to star in her new lip crayon campaign for Haus Laboratories.

The Bad Romance hitmaker launched her debut beauty line back in September, and to celebrate the recent launch of her Le Monster Matte Lip Crayon, the 33-year-old selected six diehard fans to model the latest addition to her cosmetics collection.

Kareem Rogers, Miah Crans, Catie Gudino, and Brendan Jordan were among those picked after they commented on an Instagram post from Haus Laboratories, and explained how Gaga had changed their life.

“No matter what I do in my career, in the heart of it will always be my fans and their stories,” the Shallow hitmaker told U.S. Elle magazine. “In many ways, this line is because of them and what they have shown me of the world.”

Kareem wants his appearance in the campaign to remind him to “never give up”, and thanked the Grammy-winning singer for allowing him to be “fearless and spread kindness.”

Aspiring musician Miah claimed Gaga had helped her to “live my truth as a proud black trans woman” after transphobic high school students voted her Prom King.

“My profile tells me that I have a life expectancy of 30 years, so Lady Gaga’s music has really inspired me to just live unapologetically and be who I am fearlessly,” she shared.

Elsewhere, social media influencer Brendan credited the A Star Is Born actress with giving him the courage to “pull out that queen energy” and push back against societal gender norms.

“I really felt like she was just the one that understood me and spoke to me,” he added.

The Le Monster Matte Lip Crayon, $18 (£14), is available in 12 shades and can be purchased on Amazon.

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Netflix acquires Bradley Cooper’s Leonard Bernstein biopic

Netflix has acquired Bradley Cooper’s upcoming Leonard Bernstein biopic.Last July, The Hangover star announced he was planning to follow up his Oscar-nominated directorial debut A Star Is Born with a film about the famed composer and conductor for stud…

Netflix has acquired Bradley Cooper’s upcoming Leonard Bernstein biopic.

Last July, The Hangover star announced he was planning to follow up his Oscar-nominated directorial debut A Star Is Born with a film about the famed composer and conductor for studio executives at Paramount.

However, on Tuesday, bosses at streaming service Netflix announced that they had acquired all rights to the untitled project.

“Bradley’s directorial debut was nothing short of brilliant and he quickly cemented himself as a serious filmmaker,” Netflix’s Scott Stuber told Deadline. “His strong passion and clear vision for bringing to life the relationship between the iconic composer Leonard Bernstein and his wife Felicia Montealegre promises to do their lives justice as only this renowned filmmaking team can. We are honoured to be working with the Bernsteins to share their family’s story with audiences everywhere.”

Cooper will direct and star in the project, which documents Bernstein’s complex marriage to his wife over the space of 30 years, from a script he co-wrote with Spotlight’s Josh Singer. He will also serve as a producer, along with his producing partner, Joker director Todd Phillips, Steven Spielberg, and Martin Scorsese, who was once set to direct his own Bernstein film, as well as Emma Tillinger Koskoff, who worked with Phillips on Joker and Scorsese on The Irishman.

The actor acquired the exclusive rights to the Bernstein estate, which put an end to a rival project which was set to star Jake Gyllenhaal, and has been working with the composer’s children Jamie, Alexander, and Nina, for the past two years. Production is expected to begin early next year.

Bernstein, who was the longtime music director of the New York Philharmonic, is best known for composing the music to stage musicals On the Town and West Side Story and the movie On the Waterfront. He died in 1990 at the age of 72.

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Anthony Ramos almost quit acting before seeing In the Heights on Broadway

In the Heights star Anthony Ramos had given up on acting until he saw the original Broadway production and decided to keep his career dreams alive.The Star Is Born actor headlines the upcoming film version of the musical, which was written by Lin-Manue…

In the Heights star Anthony Ramos had given up on acting until he saw the original Broadway production and decided to keep his career dreams alive.

The Star Is Born actor headlines the upcoming film version of the musical, which was written by Lin-Manuel Miranda and won four Tony Awards, including Best Musical, in 2008.

In an interview with People magazine, Ramos revealed his special connection to In the Heights.

“This show was the show I saw when I wanted to quit,” he said. “I remember my college was giving away tickets to this show, and it was closing and I hadn’t seen it yet. I went by myself and I sat in that seat, and it was the first time I saw a show where it was like, ‘Oh, I don’t only relate to these characters, I know them.'”

Of taking on the lead role of Usnavi, Ramos said he felt honoured to be portraying the character Miranda originated in the Broadway show.

“I felt a huge responsibility, but I also didn’t feel any pressure,” the 28-year-old added. “The fact that Lin trusted me with this role means more than you’ll ever know, bro. Ever.”

Ramos has known Miranda for years – he starred in the dual roles of John Laurens and Philip Hamilton in Miranda’s musical Hamilton, alongside the man himself in the lead role, when it first opened Off-Broadway, and remained with the musical blockbuster when it opened on the Great White Way in 2015.

Last year, he played Lady Gaga’s best friend in A Star Is Born and lead the film Monsters and Men. He appeared in Godzilla: King of the Monsters earlier this year.

The trailer for In the Heights, directed by Jon M. Chu, debuted online on Thursday. It is due to hit cinemas in June 2020.

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Lady Gaga: ‘A Star Is Born character stayed with me for a long time’

Lady Gaga took a long time to shed her character from A Star Is Born.Last year, the popstar played rising singer Ally alongside Bradley Cooper in the musical drama, which earned her a Best Actress Oscar nomination. In an interview with Oprah Winfrey…

Lady Gaga took a long time to shed her character from A Star Is Born.

Last year, the popstar played rising singer Ally alongside Bradley Cooper in the musical drama, which earned her a Best Actress Oscar nomination.

In an interview with Oprah Winfrey for Elle magazine, Gaga admitted she couldn’t immediately let go of Ally because the character’s career trajectory reflected her own and brought up pain from her past.

“Well, actually, the character of Ally stayed with me for a long time. I had to relive a lot of my career doing that role,” she explained. “I don’t know how you feel when you’ve acted, but for me, I don’t view it as filming a movie. I film it as living the character, and it’s a moment in my life, so I relived it all again, and it took a long time for it to go away.”

Although she lost out to The Favourite’s Olivia Colman for the Best Actress prize, the 33-year-old didn’t go home empty-handed, as she won the Best Original Song for Shallow. However, looking at the prestigious statuette reminded her of that pain.

“When I won the Oscar for Shallow, I looked at it, and a reporter asked me, ‘When you look at that Oscar, what do you see?’ And I said, ‘I see a lot of pain.’ And I wasn’t lying in that moment,” Gaga continued. “I have been traumatised in a variety of ways by my career over the years from many different things, but I survived, and I’ve kept going. And when I looked at that Oscar, I saw pain.”

Gaga will follow up on her award-winning role with Ridley Scott’s drama about the assassination of Maurizio Gucci, the grandson of Guccio Gucci, who founded the Italian fashion house. She will play Maurizio’s ex-wife Patrizia Reggiani, who hired a hitman to shoot and kill him on the steps of his office in 1995.

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Valentino filed missing report over Lady Gaga’s Golden Globes dress

Valentino filed a report with police after Lady Gaga’s Golden Globes dress went missing.The singer and actress wore the custom-made periwinkle gown by the Italian fashion house in January, teaming her one-of-a-kind dress with $5 million (£3.9 million)…

Valentino filed a report with police after Lady Gaga’s Golden Globes dress went missing.

The singer and actress wore the custom-made periwinkle gown by the Italian fashion house in January, teaming her one-of-a-kind dress with $5 million (£3.9 million) worth of Tiffany & Co. diamonds and dyeing her platinum blonde hair a matching shade of blue.

However, she allegedly left the dress in her room at The Beverly Hilton hotel, where the awards show was held, according to a maid who reportedly discovered the dress and handed it into the lost and found department at the luxury venue.

The employee, named Sara Corea, has since put the dress up for auction via Nate D. Sanders Auctions, after the hotel handed the Valentino dress back to Corea because nobody had come forward to claim it.

Now, a spokesperson for the Beverly Hills Police Department has told Entertainment Tonight that the luxury fashion house had in fact filed a police report notifying them that the gown had gone missing following the 2019 Golden Globes.

They added that Gaga had not filed a report and Corea and Valentino are resolving the matter privately.

“It was determined that no crime had taken place. The police do not have an active criminal investigation. The matter is being resolved between the concerned parties,” a statement from the BHPD read.

Gaga wore the gown when she scooped the Best Original Song – Motion Picture prize for Shallow – her duet with Bradley Cooper from the hit movie A Star Is Born.

The dress is currently available to bidders with a minimum bid of $8,000 (£6,230), and auction manager Michael Kirk says the sale will still go ahead on Thursday.

“We take provenance very seriously and do due diligence on all items we take on consignment, including consulting our attorneys when necessary,” he added.

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Lady Gaga debuts pink hair

Lady Gaga has dyed her hair bubblegum pink. The Poker Face singer is quite the style chameleon and has experimented with a variety of hair styles and colours of the course of her career. Over the weekend, she revealed to fans that she was rocking a …

Lady Gaga has dyed her hair bubblegum pink.

The Poker Face singer is quite the style chameleon and has experimented with a variety of hair styles and colours of the course of her career.

Over the weekend, she revealed to fans that she was rocking a pink look by sharing a snap on Instagram to mark the success of the soundtrack to 2018 movie A Star Is Born, in which she starred alongside Bradley Cooper.

“A year ago, A Star was Born, and here we are 6 times pink platinum,” she wrote in the caption of the image, which showed her matching her pink hair with a pink and black houndstooth-print sleeveless dress and matching gloves. She also wore chunky black biker boots and sparkly jewellery as she stood in front of a bookcase filled with Grammy Awards.

She later shared a second picture to explain what make-up products from her Haus Laboratories beauty line she was wearing.

“@sarahtannomakeup used @hauslabs Glam Attack in ‘Rose B**ch’ & ‘Aphrodite’ all over the lid and ‘Chained Ballerina’ for an easy smoky eye. Defined the lash line with Eye-LIE-Ner in ‘Punk’! (Lips) are RIP Lip Liner in ‘Ride’ and Le Riot Lip Gloss in ‘Entranced’.”

The singer/actress is a natural brunette but is traditionally seen with platinum blonde hair. However, she often experiments with colour and has previously been seen rocking shades such as lilac, blue, and silver.

She’s also worked with pink before, having adding pink highlights to her blonde hair for the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards and rose gold highlights at the 2017 Grammy Awards.

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Lady Gaga accused of stealing Oscar-winning tune Shallow from songwriter

Lady Gaga has been accused of stealing the melody for her Oscar-winning tune Shallow from U.S. songwriter Steve Ronsen. The 33-year-old singer took home the Academy Award for Best Original Song for the track, from the movie A Star Is Born, alongside c…

Lady Gaga has been accused of stealing the melody for her Oscar-winning tune Shallow from U.S. songwriter Steve Ronsen.

The 33-year-old singer took home the Academy Award for Best Original Song for the track, from the movie A Star Is Born, alongside co-writers Andrew Wyatt, Anthony Rossomando, and Mark Ronson.

But now relatively unknown songwriter Ronsen is asking for “millions and millions” of dollars in a settlement, claiming that the three-note progression in the tune is taken from his 2012 tune Almost, which has had less than a thousand streams on SoundCloud in the past five years.

To fight the allegations, Gaga has hired power lawyer Orin Snyder, who said in a statement to the New York Post’s gossip column Page Six: “Mr. Ronsen and his lawyer are trying to make easy money off the back of a successful artist. It is shameful and wrong. I applaud Lady Gaga for having the courage and integrity to stand up on behalf of successful artists who find themselves on the receiving end of such (claims). Should Mr. Shirian proceed with this case, Lady Gaga will fight it vigorously and will prevail.”

Ronsen alleges the G, A, B note hook in Shallow was taken from Almost, but Gaga’s team hit back by responding that the note trio has appeared in musical pieces dating back centuries – such as Kansas’ track Dust In The Wind, released in 1978.

Contacted by Page Six, Ronsen’s attorney Mark D. Shirian said in a statement: “In an effort to amicably resolve this matter months ago, my office provided Lady Gaga’s legal team, at their request, with an official report from a renowned and respected musicologist and professor who determined that there are significant tempo, melodic, rhythmic and harmonic similarities between the two ‘hooks’ of the songs at issue. Lady Gaga’s team has yet to provide my office with an opposing musicologist report, which we have requested multiple times.”

It remains to be seen whether or not Ronsen goes forward with his threat to launch a million-dollar lawsuit against Gaga over the claims.

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