Thursday, August 26, 2010

the651's Guide to Gaga

[Originally published in "The651's Guide to Gaga" for the651]by Jahna Peloquin

Lady Gaga is bringing her over-the-top stage show to St. Paul for a whopping two-night stand at the Xcel Energy Center on Monday and Tuesday. Little monsters, it's time to get geared up for a Capital City night of epic proportions!

Lady Gaga's Monster Ball tour

A Night of (Little) Monster Proportions

After the shows on Monday and Tuesday nights, you have plenty of opportunities to party. First hit up the Lady Gaga after parties at Camp Bar happening both nights after the concert. (There will be happy hour specials for ticket holders before the concert, too.) Expect a Gaga-rific soundtrack and hot dance floor, drinks specials galore (including a $5 Gaga-tini all day and a dollar off anything else with your ticket stub, 2-4-1s on taps and rails from 4-6 p.m. and midnight-2 a.m.), plus tons of people-watching opportunities! (490 Robert St. N., St. Paul, 651-292-1844,‎)

At that point, you'll probably want to make a night of it and stay at one of St. Paul's many hotel options - but the only one fit for a queen of Gaga's stature is the historic Saint Paul Hotel. Hang out in their swanky hotel bar or hop over to the Saint Paul Grill located within the building. Take in the decadent architecture and accoutrements, as well as the impossibly glorious view. (Saint Paul Hotel, 350 Market St., St. Paul, 651-292-9292‎,

If you still haven't gotten tickets, there are still a few available for the Tuesday night show. Tickets are priced from $51.50 to $177 at Ticketmaster,, the Xcel box office and 1-800-359-2525.

Local Connection

Emma Berg's Lady Gaga jacket sketch
[Emma Berg's Lady Gaga sketch]

The Xcel Energy Center usually gives its visiting celebs and performers a Wild hockey jersey or something similar, but in the case of Lady Gaga, they've gotten a bit more creative.

The Xcel has commissioned local fashion designer Emma Berg to create a custom, one-of-a-kind fashion piece for the pop icon and we can't think of a better match. Berg's own distinctive, over the top personal style and fashion design skills make her a natural choice for such a project. The piece (pictured in the above sketch) will be a white swing-style jacket with a tall collar, in white satin with black and pink accents, inspired by the state flower: the ladyslipper.
Dress the Part

Gaga's show-goers are known to really go all out when it comes to their outfits. Though you probably can't afford her custom couture or designer swag, you can find ways to DIY if you're creative.

Hot Topic has a knockoff version of Lady Gaga's Jeremy Scott/Linda Farrow flip-glasses she wore in the "Paparazzi" video for only $12.99. Or get some big flat-top shades and glue on a bunch of gems for her The Fame cover album look. Claire's and For Love 21 have lace bunny ears, akin to Gaga's Maison Martin Margielas, for under $10. (Or you can make your own.)

Bold hair and makeup is a Gaga trademark. Dye your hair in pink or yellow streaks like Gaga's via Manic Panic hair dyes - or wrap them up in makeshift Diet Coke can curlers a la the "Telephone" video. You can still nab her powdery pink Viva Glam! lipstick at MAC for about $15.

Big shoes are a must. Try Forever 21 or Heartbreaker for some platform shoes - or hit up Hot Topic for some goth monsta-stompas. If you are really daring, take a trip to the local stripper store for some sky-high pumps. Sounds scandalous, but you really aren't going to get taller shoes anywhere else.

Entrepreneurial spirits will want to craft their own Gaga goods. Buy a cheap faux-leather cropped motorcycle-style jacket (Forever 21 has one for $34.80) and hot-glue on your own studs (which you should be able to find at any craft store).

Underneath, a glittery, shiny or see-through bodysuit will do - and try layering tights or leggings underneath if you're feeling a bit body-conscious. American Apparel is the obvious go-to for bodysuits, but they're popping up everywhere lately, from Urban Outfitters to Hot Topic to Forever 21.

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