Earlier this week, First Lady Michelle Obama wore Brandon Maxwell for the first time to a White House state dinner. The general public, ourselves included, was very excited about this elegant, minimalist outfit choice, and by an American designer, no less! And the silhouette is emerging as a signature for Maxwell, as he made a very similar piece for his OG client, Lady Gaga, to wear two days later.
She made an appearance at BFF Tony Bennett's 90th birthday party at New York City's swanky Rainbow Room on Wednesday. You'll notice that her gown does, indeed, resemble Mrs. Obama's quite a bit, differing in material (Gaga's was velvet, not sponge crepe), color (black, not ivory) and neckline (rounded, not straight-across). But wait, there's more! Gaga's dress had not one, but two thigh-high slits at the front — a feature that wouldn't exactly fly for the First Lady of the Free World.
Then, the accessories. I imagine everything here was included to make Gaga look as Marilyn Monroe-like as possible: the blingy jewelry, the platform heels, the glossy red lip. It was her Bennett best, if you will, and she nailed it. But of course, that's not hard to do when you have Maxwell in your corner.