This story was updated on December 10, 2021
Celebrity style is the gift that keeps on giving. This week, Lana Del Rey and Kim Kardashian set the internet abuzz with their appearances at Variety's Hitmaker Brunch and the People's Choice Awards, respectively.
Over the weekend, Variety presented Artist of the Decade to our favorite "Brooklyn Baby," who pulled up in an $18 dress from Shein (at least according to a representative for the retailer).
She paired the fast fashion buy with suede boots that I don't want to talk about and a collared work jacket emblazoned with "DNC" over a graphic of a tidal wave.
The confusing topper (DNC = Democratic National Committee? Do Not Contact? Do Not Comply?) had fans scratching their heads — in old photos, the singer can be seen wearing a jacket with the same wave graphic overlaid with "Venice" instead of a mysterious acronym.
At the People's Choice Awards, Kardashian took an entirely different approach.
'Fitted in head-to-toe Balenciaga, the queen of Instagram wore a black lace mini-dress from "Demna's" Spring/Summer 2021 collection, accessorized with matching lace Knife boots. Balenciaga earrings and (gigantic) shades topped off the whole shebang.
It was giving high fashion Cat Woman, although her baton-like award — for Fashion Icon, no less! — threw in some Marathon Chic.
It was also very on-brand for KK, who, ever since the Met Gala in September, has almost exclusively worn Balenciaga at public appearances. She, naturally, thanked her ex-husband, Kanye at the award show for inspiring her stylistic switch-up.
As confusing as Lana's Shein ensemble was, I have to applaud the controlled chaos of it: unethical fashion, potentially politically charged outerwear, and boots straight from Ms. Filene's Basement make for a wonderfully scattered look, one that's as wacky as LDR herself.
And, given her penchant for showing up to highfalutin events wearing mall-bought outfits, the look becomes even more of a look. (No shade intended; Lana Del Rey topped my Spotify "Wrapped" for the fifth year in a row.)
The cherry on top? While wearing the lawless 'fit, she said she'd love to collaborate with Migos. Question for the culture: can we make that happen?