TRENDS: KATY PERRY THE FEMME FATALE

The provocative pop star talks about her racy lyrics, risqué style, and being Mrs. Brand. in the latest issue of Harper’s Bazaar Magazine.

Black and white, the best of the season's minimal chic. Jacket, $1,150, blouse, $650, and pants, $450, Dolce & Gabbana. 877-70-DGUSA. Ring (left), $10,600, Bulgari. 800-BULGARI. Platforms, $1,095, Calvin Klein Collection. 212-292-9000. Ring, Katy's own.

Strip away the pink and blue extensions, the bras rigged with whipped-cream cans, and other frills of her cartoonish persona and another side of pop star Katy Perry emerges: a sophisticated femme fatale.

“A super power woman,” she faux growls at a bistro in the Los Angeles enclave of Los Feliz.

“I have multipersonality disorder” in a very good way, of course when it comes to my fashion choices,” she says of her ability to slip from party girl to polish. “When I first started playing around with my look, it was more of a Dita Von Teese pinup thing.

” But the burlesque look is too high maintenance. “Dita’s really dedicated,” she says.

Get a kick out of black leather. Belted jacket, $6,100, skirt, $2,500, and pumps, $770, Dior. 800-929-DIOR. Earrings, Bulgari. 800-BULGARI.

Dress, $2,495, and platforms, $1,095, Calvin Klein Collection. 212-292-9000. Cuffs, $175 each, Alexis Bittar.

The two sides of white: simple and sweet. Dress, $5,420, and necklace, $2,220, Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci. Barneys New York; 888-8-BARNEYS. Cuffs, $175 each, Alexis Bittar. alexisbittar.com. Booties, $685, Alexander Wang. alexanderwang.com.


To the world, Katy sings radio-friendly anthems like “California Gurls” on one of the year’s best-selling albums, Teenage Dream, which features her naked on the cover with little more than a wisp of a cloud covering her bum.

She’s marrying British comedian and actor Russell Brand, and her 2010 exploits include getting banned from Sesame Street for a cleavage-baring Giles Deacon outfit. Both Katy and Brand have been in the center of a supernova this year. ”

There’s no slowing down, my God, no,” she says. “We’re at the highest pace right now.”

The two seem like they are from different worlds, but it clearly works for them. Brand, a recovering alcoholic and reformed heroin and sex addict, has made a career out of mining his hard-partying past for comic relief.

He suffered abuse as a child and is estranged from his father a far cry from Katy’s upbringing at Christian school and camp with her sister and younger brother, David. “We are like the Three Musketeers” actually the Three Stooges,” she says. “I feel really blessed because of where I come from.”

Brand, whose sober and spiritual quest includes a friendship with guru Radhanath Swami, fits right in, says Katy, who has an unmissable JESUS tattooed on her left wrist.

“I always knew I wanted a great man of God, someone who was going to be an inspiration for people and also be a lovely husband and father,” she says.

“We’re at different places in our lives, but we can still grow together. He’s thought-provoking, articulate, a real advocate. I also definitely wanted to have a laugh. I have all that in him.”

Photos by Alexi Lubomirski
Interview by ROSE APODACA
Read more in www.harpersbazaar.com

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