Lady Gaga and Elton John are more than just close friends. She’s the godmother to his twin boys, they team up for duets regularly (he’s collaborating on Gaga’s next album) and are both are big supporters of one another’s charities. Their next friendship frontier? Creating a new clothing and accessory line for Macy’s, called Love Bravery.
The collection, which includes everything from keychains to sweatshirts to graffiti-print skateboards (but of course) features piano key prints, heart motifs, claw-shaped items (for Gaga’s little monsters) and Gaga’s face (for her mega monster fans), all which will hit shelves this Friday. And because the line is designed to “make people feel proud of who they are,” 25 percent of proceeds will benefit the stars’ respective charities.
Though Gaga and Elton are known for their flamboyant, over-the-top style, the two sought out some design guidance from Gaga’s sister Natali Germanotta, as well as, Gaga’s friend, stylist and fashion designer Brandon Maxwell for reinforcement. But according to the stars, it’s not all about the fashion.
“We need to make the world a kinder and braver place where men and women everywhere are empowered to live with compassion,” Gaga said in a statement. “That’s what Born This Way Foundation is all about, that’s what the Elton John AIDS Foundation is all about, and that’s what Love Bravery is all about.”
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John echoed the sentiment, saying, “I love the idea of fusing who you are on the inside — your passions and dreams — with what you wear on the outside.”
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Perhaps it was the charitable aspect that made Gaga sing a different tune about a celeb-designed capsule collection; back in February, at Maxwell’s first fashion week presentation, she told the
New York Post
she had too much “real respect” for fashion designers to ever get into the business herself.
“And it’s the reason I don’t have my own line and the reason I never will,” she declared. “If I ever do anything in fashion, it will always just be as a muse or as an aesthetic, creative. I like to be a part of helping artists find themselves and feel good about who they are.” There’s plenty to feel good about with this collaboration, for sure.
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— Colleen Kratofil