The World's Gone Gaga

The World's Gone Gaga

Ever since Christina Aguilera showed a heavily Gaga-inspired futuristic electro pop look at last year's VMAs (below), the world's media has been quick to point out others inspired by the controversial singer; and there are a lot of 'em.

Rather amusingly, Christina unwittingly gave Gaga's career a boost by defending her new style and dismissing claims it was "stolen" saying she didn't know if LG was a man or a woman. Gaga responded with: 'She's such a huge star and if anything I should send her flowers, because a lot of people in America didn't know who I was until that whole thing happened. What it showed me was… I've really burned graphic images of my visuals onto the irises of my fans.' Bravo; nice way of gracefully turning an insult into a compliment.

Next up was Nicole Richie who was the coverstar of BlackBook magazine earlier this year looking all graphic prints, disco jewellery, spangly sequins, platinum wigs and neon 80s make-up.

This week there have been photos of Rihanna on her latest video shoot for 'Hard' (below) showing her wearing a Gaga-esque Bryce Aime piece with sponge spikes fresh from the Parisian designer's SS10 collection. She also wields a rifle in her new video (similar to Gaga and Beyoncé in Video Phone) - it's a copycat mash-up!

It's great seeing how organic the industry is, with performers inspiring one another: if Christina copied Lady Gaga, who also inspired Rihanna, Nicole Richie, Cheryl Cole in her latest video (below), stylists and fashion teams the world over, provided the soundtrack to numerous catwalk shows, provoked creative types across the board to sing her praises and fronted more magazine covers across the Atlantic than anyone this year, then Gaga is the sound of fashion.

The way she uses music to convey her own sense of style and fashion vision reminds me of Gwen Stefani, who LG is often compared to: they look like each other, sound similar, are both half-Italian and Gaga's middle name is 'Stefani'. Spooky, huh? Well no, not really. But Gwen Stefani inspired Gaga, who in turn seems to have inspired the world.

What started out as contempt for the look-at-me behaviour of a self-obsessed fruitcake turned into intrigue, which led to a tiny bit of respect (around the time of the awesome V shoot, above) which transformed to, well... Deep breath: I'm a convert to Lady Gaga. I liked 'Love Game', I love 'Bad Romance' (both song and killer video with all the dream/nightmare/overdose sequences and head-to-toe McQueen, below), thoroughly enjoy her fashion hits'n'misses and find it very refreshing to see a popstar who isn't afraid to break the cookie cutter mould and fearlessly try out new looks and concepts, even if it makes her look like she's on day release. Belated snaps for bravery, crazy lady.