The reincarnation of the Pop Princess formula is tried and tested; Katy Perry, Rihanna and of course the inventor herself, Madonna, are proof that reinvention is vital to the game and getting it right is critical.
What happens when reinvention goes wrong? Enter Taylor Swift, the 2016 Punk Reboot. If ever there was a face palm moment, it’s right now….
We first got a glimpse of that platinum, shaggy but not quite shaggy enough bob in the May edition of Vogue magazine where Taylor attempted to take on edgy haute couture; and even then Twitter was awash with backlash for the usually preened beyond perfection crossover star.
Next was Coachella, Taylor filled her Instagram with cool, edgy shots of her living it up in the desert with her famous Squad, see the thing is Taylor, you’re just not cool, edgy or street enough to pull off this look and it looks, dare I say it, a bit desperate…
The low point came last night. Cue the Met Gala 2016 and the grandiose Manus x Machina theme – Man and Machine, Fashion and Technology – oh the possibilities for robot chic and space age gowns and I have to admit Voyeurs, the prospect of a glittering red carpet had me jittery in the run up to the event itself. As Co-Chair of the 2016 Met Gala and associated Costume Gala, there was a certain impetus on Taylor to impress, after all, she’d be sharing the flower wall with Anna Wintour and Co-Chair and very dapper Idris Elba so there was no doubt she’d be planning her outfit to perfection. Or so we thought….
As Taylor made her way from her hotel to The Met, the only inkling of the atrocity ahead was the ribboned gladiator sandals poking out from beneath her military trench as she made her duck-toed entrance to the Gala.
As Taylor made her entrance to the Met Gala the internet went in to overdrive with most critics slating her choice of outfit, personally I went with a Folly from Morph comparison, far less harsh than some of the comments and critiques doing the rounds, Taylor can’t have felt comfortable turning up like that, from her hair, to her make up to her appalling choice of frock, this look was wrong on so many levels, just look how pissed Anna Wintour looks at having to do a photocall with Taylor in the line up…
There’s nothing edgy, cool or clever here, just a little girl trying to play dress up and hang out with the big girls. Harsh? Yes. True? Also yes. There’s no denying Taylor can write a killer break up song but when it comes to fashion, it’s not your bag baby, with neither the face nor the balls, it’s time you got back in the recording studio.
I would say kudos to this hot little Bacofoil mess for trying but I think it might have been best if she’d stayed home with Dr Meredith Grey and Olivia Benson for company. In the words of Jack Johnson, “Poor Taylor….”