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Welcome to Dress Code, a new feature borrowed from our sister site in which we pick an event in Los Angeles and ask three of our favorite shops to solve the what-do-I-even-wear-to-that dilemma.
Lady Gaga (née Stefani Germanotta), Millenial patron saint of letting your freak flag fly higher than the sky, will soon invade LA with her artRAVE: ARTPOP Ball. What we mean to say is, be warned, Staples Center: ten tons of glitter, a truck-full of wigs and and a giant Jeff Koons ball are coming your way. The pop icon's insane dance/dress-up party is the inspiration for this edition of Dress Code, and we've challenged technicolor treasure-filled Flamingo Vintage and the resident style experts at Topshop's Personal Shopping service at The Grove to whip up looks for impressing the Mother Monster herself.—Additional reporting by Jennifer Astin.
Where: Topshop at The Grove
What: Tipped Ostrich Cape, £55/$95; V-Neck Cutaway Crop Top, $68; Slouchy Peg Leg Trousers, $80; Black Contrast Sunglasses by ASHISH x TOPSHOP, $45; Raffia Skinny Belt, $32; Ripple Skinny Strap Sandals; $95
Why: Personal Shopping expert Indigo Brunton chose this show-stopping look for Professional Topshopper Nickema Weatherspoon because it's "the perfect costume stage piece." The ostrich feather cape over the v-neck crop top "really [gives it] a moment, and it has such tremendous presence." The Brit retailer's The Grove location offers complimentary styling services, from picking out looks for an upcoming event to offering a complete wardrobe makeover.
Why: For professional Topshopper Blair Newton, Bunton created this "polished and pulled-together" monochromatic look "inspired by the modern, more recent Gaga."
Why: Inspired by avant-garde designer Thierry Mugler, Bunton chose this look for Weatherspoon because "it's so totally out there." The iridescent sequin crop top "pops on Nickema's skin-tone."
Why: "Lady Gaga is a rocker sometimes," says Bunton, and Topshop's Kate Moss collection epitomizes "high fashion rocker chic."
Where: Flamingo Vintage
What: American apparel shirt and shoes, 1960s vintage pants from actress Eddie Adams' collection, 1960s vintage green bow and belt, H&M jacket.
Why: Store owner Candice Molayem is known for her incredible pyschedelic style, and everything (including the walls!) in her Downtown boutique reflects her go-bright-or-go-home aesthetic. If Ms. Germanotta were to step into her kaleidoscopic shop, she'd pick these mod-inspired looks just for her, she tells us. Since Molayem stocks one-of-a-kind vintage finds (as well as fresh-off-the-rack retro pieces), some of the pieces here may no longer be available—all the more reason to explore her store's newest arrivals.
Photo via Flamingo Vintage
What: 1960s vintage dress and hat, Miu Miu shoes.
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