Accessorize This: The Unusual and The Unexpected

Thursday, April 1, 2010



The Unusual and The Unexpected
by Denise Grayson


We could go our whole lives accessorizing in the usual way and be perfectly content with our belts, scarves, jewelry and hairbands. But what if we stepped out of our routine for a day, for one outfit, and did something really crazy? And here’s where a reference to Lady Gaga must be inserted for we can no longer talk about adventurous styling without mentioning the current queen of head-turning, boundary-pushing fashion. However, this column wasn’t inspired by the unconventional pop goddess; rather it was the unusual and unexpected accessories that already existed in their own right, the result of heaps of imagination and much daring.

Still, some of them have been plucked out of anonymity by Lady Gaga to star in a video or red carpet appearance, such as this eye patch of anodized aluminum worn by Alexander Skarsgard in the video for Paparazzi, made by And I (and bears not even a passing resemblance to the ‘Arrr’ variety):

No photo credit given. Only two of these eye patches were created. The other is available to buy at notjustalabel.com.


Maybe its moment has passed but if you’ve been dying for that giant ‘lips’ wig in Lady Gaga’s Bad Romance video, it can be yours for £8,000, available at the Showstudio Shop.

No photo credit given. Charlie le Mindu created ‘Blonde Lips’ in 2009, made of natural human hair and lots of it.


Is it a hat? A cage? Who cares when you’re this bold! Nazir Mazhar created the brass ‘Orb’ which was worn by Lady Gaga in V Magazine’s Fall Preview Issue, 2009.

Photo credit: Sebastian Faena. This piece is available to buy at the Showstudio Shop for £30,000. You may want to forego your daily Starbucks for a while if you’re interested in that one.


Schipperarques has created a corset for the neck and chin out of linen and embellished it with Swarovski Rhinestones and beads. The designers says of the piece ‘it visualizes the restraints of wealth and a prosperous family/background.’ Available at notjustalabel.com.
No photo credit given.


Fannie Schiavoni is a name you may recognize. The London-based accessories designer’s steel ring neckpieces and chain dresses are highly coveted and can be worn with anything and everything - or nothing, as demonstrated by Lady Gaga in Q Magazine:

Photo: Q Magazine. Experiment with your own look by layering a few different styles of these exquisite links, available at notjustalabel.com.


Angie Johnson has taken her original harness designs a wild step further for her Norwegian Wood for Shrimpton Couture collections. This Cape of Chains style is made of leather, deadstock vintage metal perforated buckles, and handbraided jersey finished with lambskin. And it’s reversible!

No photo credit given.

Denise Grayson is our Accessories Editor with an impeccable eye for the unusual and unexpected... She also blogs about fashion at The Swelle Life.

29 comments:

MizzJ said...

Such a fabulous feature on exotic accessories! The neck one reminds me of an old episode of Ally McBeal where the assistant tries to sell a very similar item called a face bra! lol

Paulina said...

Love the harnesses. You could probably add Bliss Lau's pieces too!

http://www.thegoreprincess.com

Festy said...

Great post! I like it!
xoxo
Festy
http://festyinstyle.blogspot.com/

PinkBow said...

oh my! this is what i love about fashion, the absolutely outrageous!

Gio Goi dresses said...

Wicked pics! Beautiful pieces of accessories!

Audrey Allure said...

Haha I think the last two pieces are the most wearable.

daisychain said...

SO incredible.

Midtown Girl said...

Ohh I have to check out the Norwegian Wood for Shrimpton Couture Collections - stunning!

Sheena said...

I love these accessories and wish I was so fearless to pull them off.

WendyB said...

What the....that eye patch was supposedly sold out in December http://wendybrandes.com/blog/2009/12/who-says-im-hard-to-shop-for/

Do you think someone bought it and returned it because it didn't fit?!?

Breathless Ms. Seberg said...

Lady Gaga is irresistible. What a fascinating gal.

xoxo,

Ms. Seberg

Couture Carrie said...

Gagalicious!!

xoxox,
CC

Helena - A Diary of Lovely said...

I have a crush on Alexander Skarsgard!

LENORENEVERMORE said...

I continue to salute those who think outside the box~ Lady GG is wayyy outside!
xo

Dream Sequins said...

Thanks for your comments, everyone. Personally, I'm so happy Denise did a feature on Gaga-esque fashion because she's really pushing the envelope in terms of popstars in fashion...

@Paulina: I love Bliss Lau-- definitely great pieces.

@WendyB: That's puzzling to me-- maybe they made another due to demand??

Denise @ Swelle said...

Thanks for your great comments!

MizzJ - I remember that, and it reminded me of Elaine's face bra, too!

Wendy - I had chosen photos for this column a while back, I think late January, and the eye patch was for sale. When I looked again when it came time to submit this piece it wasn't on NJAL. However, when I googled it the page came up and the buy button was active. It still said 'only 2 made' so I'm not sure if it's a website glitch or what but at least we know the story behind it!

Denise x
Accessories Editor
Dream Sequins

Kristin said...

It's amazing how much influence the Gaga has had. Uber cool post!

Taylor Sterling said...

holy moly these things are amazing!! SO unique and creative!!

Eyeliah said...

wow, great research! These are some out their pieces, I am thankful to Lady Gaga for being brave enough to wear anything.

misslikey said...

NJAL sels just an extraordinaire pieces. spotted fanni. she does great job with these ring-chains.

Anika said...

I love this post! Saw Gaga yesterday in concert, and loved especially the extravagant accessorising and outfits. I say hell yes to the extremes in acccessories. Because if you wear the basics in clothing, an accessory or two just elevates it to stratospheric levels. And that is the kind of attention I'm willing to deal with ;)

apparellel said...

those hairlips are freaking hilarious!

xxx
t

The Anthology said...

I am obsessed with Lady Gaga's style. Even when I don't like it I love it because it's always interesting.

These are great picks!

*Kelsey

Ashley said...

The Fannie Schiavoni chains are so amazing, as is the harness. Very inspiring!

-Ashley
http://breakfastatsaks.blogspot.com

raita 2 said...

haha i love the lips-wig! :D you've got a nice blog.

http://raita2.blogspot.com/

marian said...

i like that neck and chin accessory, the embellishment is epic
xx
marian.

* Reena Rai * said...

Wow such a fantastic post! I love how Lady Gaga is changing the world of fashion and bringing so many designers into the spotlight

Nini's Style said...

Love all the crazy hair and accessories.
xoxo
Nini

The Style Revolution said...

Awesome craziness....

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