Blake Lively has been drawing recent attention for her frequent suiting choices, but this week it’s Lady Gaga’s masculine look that’s turning heads.
The 32-year-old wore a Marc Jacobs blazer and trousers set to the 25th annual Elle Women in Hollywood event earlier this week in Los Angeles. Upon first glance, the suit looks five times too big on her, like a little girl playing dress-up in her father’s closet. On second glance it looks like that too.
Some folks online noticed how the singer/actress’ ensemble looked quite a bit like the ill-fitting suits that certain NBA players would’ve worn circa the early 2000s. Gaga’s enormous garments quickly began trending on Twitter, showing side-by-side photos of pro athletes in too-big suits next to the performer. Just like that, a meme is born.
lady gaga really out here rocking 2003 nba draft vibes pic.twitter.com/LRPgZSfe5o
— goth kate moss (@yxyyxyyxyyxy) October 16, 2018
Lady Gaga wearing her finest suit from the Tracy McGrady collection pic.twitter.com/sAP3uIAa7w
— SPF (@theshow55) October 16, 2018
Now where have I seen that Lady Gaga suit before?….🤔 pic.twitter.com/ZcL1Iv4GnN
— Joe (@Joe__Lang) October 17, 2018
But the truth is, Gaga’s oversized suit was a calculated decision. You really think this is the kind of star who just throws something on without any consideration at all? Nope. Everything she wears is carefully considered. She’s a master of using fashion as a form of self expression.
During her acceptance speech at Elle Women in Hollywood, Gaga explained that she tried on maybe 10 dresses that she thought she might wear to the event, when suddenly the Marc Jacobs suit caught her eye. Everyone that was in the room with her at the time tried to get her into one of the other designer dresses, but the A Star is Born actress wasn’t having any of it.
“I began to cry. In this suit, I felt like me today. In this suit, I felt the truth of who I am well up in my gut. And then wondering what I wanted to say tonight become very clear to me,” she told the crowd.
In the 20-minute long speech Gaga touched on a variety of topics including mental illness, the importance of women banding together, as well as her experience with sexual assault. The suit, she explained, was a form of empowerment.
“As a sexual assault survivor by someone in the entertainment industry, as a woman who is still not brave enough to say his name, as a woman who lives with chronic pain, as a woman who was conditioned at a very young age to listen to what men told me to do, I decided today I wanted to take the power back,” she said. “Today I wear the pants.”
With her progressive stance and open dialogue on such important topics, it’s plain to see that these massive, symbolic pants look way better on Gaga than they ever did on any NBA player.