Gravity dictates that what goes up will eventually come back down, at least IRL. But what about gravity in fashion? Well, what comes down must inevitably go back up, too. Lady Gaga's white, Emmys afterparty dress was a cloud-like dream — a stark contrast to the simple black silhouette Gaga wore for the Emmys red carpet and ceremony itself.
Gaga's white afterparty confection was designed by her stylist and Haus of Gaga member Brandon Maxwell. The gown had so much volume around the middle that it looked like Gaga was carrying pom-poms.
This makes sense, since Gaga has been a vocal cheerleader for Maxwell. Not only did she play assistant as he prepped for his NYFW debut, but she also wore one of his garments to a major Hollywood event like the Emmys. That's the best way for her to get behind him, of course.
Gaga's black dress, worn earlier in the evening, was a bit of a surprise, since it was so simplistic and so anti-Gaga — at least compared to her usual red carpet looks. But she returned to familiar form with the white frock, which floated about her body and was larger-than-life, thanks to all that material.
So, yes, she did prove the idea that what comes down (her experiment with keeping things low key and simple via her black dress with clean lines) most definitely goes back up (her poufy, post-Emmys dress.)
Those poufs aren't even off the shoulder. They looked like straight up pom-poms.
From the back, you can see that the volume was contained to the middle of the dress. It was like a peplum silhouette on steroids. Or a '70s, off-the-shoulder style on speed!
In some ways, the poufs mimicked a low-slung wrap, right?
All that volume didn't prevent her from doling out hugs.
The fact that the poufs were concentrated in the center of the dress helped keep the entire look balanced.
This side view showed off the expansive nature of the extra fabric.
She pretty much floated in this ensemble. It was totally impractical but totally Gaga.
Her red carpet dress was simple and sleek, yet anything but boring. Of course Gaga had to follow up the anti-Gaga gown with something big, bold, and beautiful. Perhaps she was testing out wedding silhouettes, since she is engaged to Taylor Kinney. You never know.