Celebrity Fashion: Katy Perry isn't only the latest pop princess to hit the airwaves; she may also be the next fashionista to follow. 23-year old Perry's single "I Kissed a Girl" seems to be on every radio station and the singer herself will soon be the centerpiece of many a fashion spread.
Her vintage style has caught the eye of many established luxury-wear designers from always-fresh Betsey Johnson to the man himself, Karl Lagerfield; the long-time head designer of one fashion's most luxurious brands, Chanel.
Even before her single was on the Internet, Betsey Johnson was into Perry, dressing her up for New York Fashion Week after seeing her appear in Betsey Johnson dress for a Women's Wear Daily photo spread. Now, after being on the covers of countless magazines including Nylon and Zink, Katy continues to pose and primp in her signature conglomeration of vintage finds and the latest 1980s-inspired fashions. Although many young people struggle to find their style, Katy has had her look for a while and it looks like it's holding strong.
On her blog, www.katyperry.com, the songstress gushes about the honor Karl Lagerfield laid upon her by gifting her with a Chanel dress and how honored she was to be dubbed a fashion icon by the Spike Awards. Many of the entries have as much to do with her style inspiration as her musical musings, although, like the woman herself, much is a stylish combination of music and fashion.
She will soon be seen in ads for Steve Madden's shoe line and is friends with T-shirt designer Johnny Cupcakes and dark-and-moody seamster Neil Barrett. Before she hit the big time, Perry had already developed her signature style and was friends with celebrity designer Johnny Wujeck, who encourages her style by finding pieces for her that he knows she will enjoy.
Like pop queens from days of yore, Katy mixes vintage pieces with current trends, developing a look that is part rock and roll and entirely stylish. She names inspirations from Cyndi Lauper, Garbage's Shirley Manson, Pat Benatar and Joan Jett, female pop rockers known as much for their style and inspiration to the masses as they are for their music.
Perry explained her style to the Emili Vesilind of the Los Angeles Times, "I really like to look like a history book."I can look 1940s, I can look 1970s hippie-chic, or sometimes I'll pull that '80s Brooklyn hip-hop kid with the door-knocker earrings."
And sometimes, she does a little bit of everything, as in the picture where she poses in a vintage bathing suit with big, dangling earrings and 80s-style pumps, but it always looks just right, never costume-y. Perfect for standing out in a crowd of pop stars who all look like extras from The Hills.
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