The paper reports that while speaking to a group of fans in the US she said, “In Tokyo, they have all these stores that have fake Chanel and Versace. And I’m an Italian from New York, so I still buy it. This jacket is a fake.” Here are our issues with this and some arguments against this being true:
1) She’s good pals with both Donatella Versace (who famously opened up the archives for Gaga) and Karl Lagerfeld, and wears their clothes frequently. We’re pretty sure she can get the real-deal Chanel and Versace gratis.
2) What the hell does being Italian have to do with anything?
3) Being a New Yorker, she would of course realize that knock-offs are easy to come by on Canal Street and also from any number of shady vendors who hang out near Bloomingdale’s. There’s no reason to go all the way to Tokyo.
4) Gaga has been very outspoken in her V columns and elsewhere about respecting designers and their process and craft; buying knock-offs is the antithesis of that.
Do you buy that Gaga buys fakes?