Space is getting pretty crowded lately, don’t you think? Shortly after Ariana Grande’s “Break Free,” Irish brewery heiress and fashion icon Daphne Guinness released a space odyssey of her own: “Evening in Space.” And while both videos feature interplanetary chanteuses entering alien territory, that’s where the similarities end.
Ariana’s plucky space heroine channels Barbarella (a movie which we’ll forever be indebted to for bringing Duran Duran into the world) minus the sex. Whereas Guinness’ sci-fi romp seems to be equal parts Flash Gordon and Flesh Gordon by way of Ziggy Stardust, Greta Garbo, and Nico. Directed by David LaChapelle and featuring costumes from Iris van Herpen, Noritaka Tatehana, and Guinness’s own personal collection. Guinness’ wardrobe makes nods to:
Gaga actually pilfers from Daphne’s closet, so this is all just one big fashion Ouroboros.
Such ornate! Much shiny!
Whatever this is
Look at these butterflies as eyelashes.
No, not the Iris Van Herpen!
I can’t with this crystal couture shattering into a thousand pieces.
The climax (pun intended) features a pink-hued Sundar Mims doing his best impression of the skittering sex demon in Velvet Goldmine, and ultimately seduces Daphne’s space vixen in what we’d like to think is a sly wink to Earth Girls Are Easy. Looks like Katy Perry isn’t the only one with an extraterrestrial love affair.
Guinness’ album is slated to be released in September 2014.