The Best (And Wildest) Onstage Looks Of The Year
For her Diamonds World Tour this year, Rihanna and her long time stylist Mel Ottenberg, worked closesly with Riccardo Tisci of Givenchy to create this couture look. The silk crepe cape features gold bullet embroidery and Swarovski elements, and is layered over a black and white studded leather bra and high-waisted silk shorts. The custom shark-tooth necklace is emblazoned with the singer’s nickname and almost steals the show from those thigh-high gold-studded boots.
For her performance of “Unconditionally” at the American Music Awards in November, Perry donned a pop-princess version of the traditional Japanese Geisha costume. Perry’s look was deemed controversial for its cultural inaccuracies, but we are on the same page with her stylist, Johnny Wujek, who explained her loose interpretation of the traditional garb was intended as a tribute to the country from which she draws considerable aesthetic inspiration.
Hot on the heels of her shocking performance at the MTV Video Music Awards, Cyrus managed to wow another crowd at the iHeartRadio Music Festival in Vegas, wearing nothing but pasties, bondage bikini bottoms and a white fishnet mini-dress. It is not often that shoes are the most substantial part of an outfit, but this was certainly the case with Cyrus’ chain-strapped Chanel Glazed Calfskin Boots.
During a heat wave in England, Ora bravely donned a pink PVC bodysuit, complete with hood, for her Global Gathering Music Festival performance in Stratford-Upon-Avon. She scores extra points for her matching pink lipstick, Bjork-esque side buns, and her practical footwear, in the form of black Nike Air Jordans.
Far from being a wallflower, Grimes selected a baroque shirt and printed track pants from Jeremy Scott’s S/S 13 collection for her Coachella 2013 performance, and in true nonchalant artist style, finished the outfit with a pair of Adidas slip-ons and piles of gold chains.
The ascent of this 16-year-old wunderkind from New Zealand has been meteoric: her single, “Royals”, was just named the 2nd best song of 2013 in Rolling Stone’s annual roundup. While it isn’t breaking new sartorial ground, this defiantly un-sexy ode to a schoolgirl uniform feels unconventional in the world of oversexed pop stars, and therefore, quintessentially her.
We’ve seen her in some of the world’s most creative outfits, both onstage and off, but this takes the cake. For the official release party of her Artpop album in Brooklyn on November 10th, Gaga climbed into the “world’s first flying dress” that she has named Volantis. The construction features a molded bodice, six booms in a hexagonal formation, and a combination of battery-powered propellers to lift her off the ground. Look out for those Amazon drones, Gaga.