Saturday night is the best night of the week. That is if you can find an outfit. Many of us have spent hours just standing in front of the closet sobbing that we have nothing to wear. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if when clothing insecurities came to call, we could enlist the help of a seasoned stylist with access to some of the world’s best designers and most expensive garments?
For the world’s biggest celebrities this is an everyday occurrence. In fact, celebrities hardly need to own a wardrobe of their own at all. Often times, design houses are beating down their door seeking a front-page photo of their famous face in the designer’s latest creation. But what happens after? When the cameras are gone, the make-up is wiped away and the garment has served its glitzy purpose. Well, the design house sends over a lucky intern to collect the dress and correct whatever abuses the item has suffered the night before—that is if they can find the gown at all. Check out our list of high priced celebs who treat on-loan couture like a ratty t-shirt.
Lady Gaga: Mysterious Stains
The Stylist in charge of procuring, organizing and maintaining Gaga’s wardrobe during a video shoot or appearance deserves a medal. The Art Pop singer who is known for her Avant Garde and daring style is also notorious demanding many costume changes, some of them even occurring right on stage. This multi-platinum selling songstress turns fashion into art and designers are often eager to work with the singer and her ‘Haus of Gaga’ fashion team. But it should come to no surprise that Gaga likes to put her own spin on fashion and that her behaviour can be a bit unpredictable.
During a recent video shoot, the Haus of Gaga team ordered a white Thierry Mugler gown featuring a shear corset and ethereal silk skirt for a video shoot. Since the Just Dance singer recently wore the $20,000 wedding dress during and appearance in Mugler’s runway show the design house had no reservations about loaning out the look. But after all was said and done, Gaga returned the handmade piece soiled, covered in dirt and torn. An intern later confessed to the press that many of the stains seemed to be of a sexual nature and upon return gown was “simply disgusting”.
Mariah Carey: Mimi and her Minis
Mariah Carey’s penchant for micro mini dresses and skirts seems to know no bounds. Rarely does this megastar Diva step out in anything but super short couture dresses revealing most of her body and her big personality. Carey loves her micro-minis (and ultimately her legs) so much she has become known in the fashion world for unapologetically taking the scissors to a borrowed gown.
When designer to the stars, Elie Saab whose designs range in price from five and fifteen thousand dollars, lent an elegant long fitted ball gown to the multi-octave Grammy winner; she expected Mimi’s legs would be taking the night off.
The floor length handmade dress was lent out in trust to Mariah’s stylist was returned a few days later and a few feet shorter. Her former stylist (the infamous) Phillip Bloch recalls how Mariah would simply have her team hack away at borrowed desginer gowns until they met her short standards. After a few infractions Carey’s scissor happy tendencies were no longer tolerable and she was ultimately banned from wearing Saab’s gowns for fear she would destroy the designer’s vision.
Kim Kardashian: Two Halves Make a Whole
Not a day goes by without media frenzy over reports about the Keeping Up with the Kardashian’s star, her baby, her fiancée or her body. With two shows on the air, a new baby and an impending wedding—sure to be one of the biggest of this year—Kim K is a busy woman. Her visibility and high profile mean she has to look the part at every turn and it’s rare we don’t see Kim sporting a designer look.
This was indeed the case when she visited Jimmy Kimmel Live a few weeks ago to chat about her life and upcoming projects. The soon to be Mrs. Kanye West wore a soft pink Dior dress with an open neckline that hugged her figure and gave viewers a peek-a-boo look at her midriff. There’s just one problem: Kim had her team of stylists cut the dress in half at the waist to show off her post baby tummy. Yes, she cut a $6000 Christian Dior dress in half. This is just one in a string of modifications Kardashian has made to borrowed ready to wear dresses and surely not the last.
Lindsey Lohan: Cut it, Ruin It, Lose it, Deny it
One of Hollywood’s most notorious stars is also a repeat offender when it comes to losing, cutting and soiling borrowed attire. In fact, Lohan’s behaviour has placed her on many designers’ “do not lend list”. And it’s too bad because the trouble starlet needs all the style help she can get.
After borrowing a shimmering floor length Theia gown to wear to an AmFAR gala event, Lindsay decided that rather than go home and change she would just cut the $1,750 dress into a mini-dress to accommodate her next stop: a night club. Not only was she photographed the same night in both the long and hacked-short looks, she was seen wearing the dress at a party months later after claiming to have lost it when Theia reps showed up to reclaim what was left of the gown.
Katy Perry: The Case of the Disappearing Dress
Zuhair Murad and Katy Perry have a lot in common. They both have a dramatic flare and a love for bright colours geometric shapes. The one thing they disagree on is how you treat a handmade couture gown. The bubbly singer believes in partying, staining and losing her clothes while the successful designer prefers to keep his pieces pristine and accounted for.
Their disparity in preference became evident when Perry failed to return a borrowed pink cocktail dress featuring fun bows and giant roses. Though accounts from Katy’s stylist and Murad’s team differ, the singer’s stylist Johnny Wujek simply had no designer cocktail dress to return when Murad’s people came to collect the five-figure frock the next day. Despite the numerous photos of the Katy Perry strutting around in the perfect pink number, she and her team claim the dress simply vanished. Perry and her stylist have since been banned from borrowing from the house of Murad. The dress remains missing in action.
Rihanna: Too Much Birthday
Any designer who lends a gown to the Barbados born pop star can expect two things; a photo of Rihanna in their dress will reach every corner of the internet by the end of the week; and the garment is not coming back in mint conditions. It’s no secret Rihanna likes to have a good time and she knows how to make that happen.
After wearing a borrowed Hervé L. Leroux dress for her birthday, the beach loving party girl returned the cocktail frock in need of a few rounds of dry cleaning. A fashion publicist later revealed the already brown bandeau dress came back literally brown with stains and dirt. What can we say? Riri likes the beach.
Florence Welch: The Reluctant Destructor
The Florence and the Machine front woman is not known for her tabloid worthy antics or petulant celebrity behavior but rather her powerful voice and sophisticated fashion sense. Welch has a unique personal style and showcases her love of art through her looks including the mat black-fringed Givenchy gown she wore to this year’s Met Ball Gala in New York.
The singer was horrified to find the fringe and accouterments of the five-figure Givenchy dress were casting a net catching everything behind her including chairs and napkins. After a few frustrating hours of tripping and untangling herself, a reluctant Welch and stylist cut the dress right there in the dining room. Florence was remorseful to her designer friend Riccardo Tisci of Givenchy but was finally able to make it safely upstairs from the dining room to the ball.