Katy Perry’s ‘The One That Got Away’ Music Video: Look By Look

A still from Katy Perry’s “The One That Got Away” music video.
Photo: Courtesy of Capital Records

Oh muh GAAAHHHHHH!!! In case you haven’t heard it a hundred-fifty BAJILLION times already in the past 24 hours, today is 11.11.11, and when a date is both aesthetically happy-making AND uber-memorable, it becomes the target launch date for TONS of stuff, including but not limited to weddings, National Metal Day, AND the premiere of Katy Perry’s brand new music video for her single “The One That Got Away”. In the Floria Sigismondi-directed video (who also directed Katy’s “E.T.”), Katy takes a break from her Candyfornia, technicolor, sugar coma-inducing norm of late for the epically tragic short to illustrate a situation/feeling to which fans, listeners, and video-watchers can actually relate: the morose pining over a love lost. Oscillating between the present “Old Lady Katy” (see right) and past “Teenage Dream Katy” (pictured left) the vid features an outright gang of ensembles, and we’re taking you through every single one.

SENSIBLE HEELS, STILETTO NAILS

A still from Katy Perry’s “The One That Got Away” music video.
Photo: Courtesy of Capital Records

You can tell by the wrinkles and visible vasculars that these are the hands of “Old Lady Katy.” Thickly iced-out bangle on her wrist, she stows away her burgundy patent heels (most likely of a modest height) with square bow embellishments into their designated place in her fur rug strewn walk-in closet. It all seems quite ordinary, but you can tell she had a wild side by that faded tatt and those dynamite nude stiletto nails.

ANIMAL PRINT KNOWS NO AGE

A still from Katy Perry’s “The One That Got Away” music video.
Photo: Courtesy of Capital Records

Katy stands up revealing a wardrobe full of classy lady-clothing – lots of bone white and ivory with splashes of pink, glittery details, and BLADOW a long-sleeve leopard print dress. Probably for date nights when she’s feeling frisky. *wink*

FULL-ON FALSIES – EYELASHES, THAT IS

A still from Katy Perry’s “The One That Got Away” music video.
Photo: Courtesy of Capital Records

FINALLY, we get a shot of “Old Lady Katy” from the front, and a glimpse at mayyyyybe how she’ll look as time runs through the hourglass. I mean, her softly curled bob is SUPER reminiscient of the newly pink hairstyle she rocked at this year’s VMAs, so this can’t be that far off. Also, these thick false eyelashes, even on a spry young thang are MAY-JOR.

LOUCHE LOUNGEWEAR

A still from Katy Perry’s “The One That Got Away” music video.
Photo: Courtesy of Capital Records

“Old Lady Katy” is at it again, dripping with wealth and class in this satin robed PJ set. Also, note how precisely it matches her sheets? She a woman of details, that Katy Perry.

THE BLACK IS BACK!

A still from Katy Perry’s “The One That Got Away” music video.
Photo: Courtesy of Capital Records

Katy has black hair again!! Doesn’t it feel like forever since you’ve seen KP in a dark hue ’do? Maybe the long drawn out transition to pink to blonde to pink again was all an elaborate plan to make these flashback sequences feel authentically distant. Or, you know, not. We’re giddy with excitement to see her back to black, even though we’re like 95% sure this is a wig (note that there’s no scalp in sight).

I MUSTACHE YOU A QUESTION

A still from Katy Perry’s “The One That Got Away” music video.
Photo: Courtesy of Capital Records

Katy shows her support for Movember with this curly-Q mustache. Her sweet low-slung pig tails keep the look girlish (as in HAI GUYZ, I’M DEFINITELY A GIRL, KTHX). She may look really cute, but we doubt she’s going to raise any funds with that ’stache since she didn’t grow real ones like us just drew it on… *side-eye*

THESE COLORS DON’T RUN… UNLESS I’M ON A TREADMILL

A still from Katy Perry’s “The One That Got Away” music video.
Photo: Courtesy of Capital Records

Katy takes mixed prints to an entirely new level with this ensemble she wears snuggling with her then-beau (played by Diego Luna. Stars AND stripes on her pants paired with ANOTHER set of nautical stripes on top. On paper it sounds clownish, but we’re pleasantly surprised by how well the look works on KP.

UNBRIDLED BOUFFANT (ALSO, JOY)

A still from Katy Perry’s “The One That Got Away” music video.
Photo: Courtesy of Capital Records

For the portion that the lyrics are leading us to believe is Katy’s 18th birthday (the couple does get matching tattoos, after all), she does her best June Carter Cash in a many-tiered retro party dress and a bouffant French twist teased soooo way WAY up it makes us smile. The undeniable joy in their eyes is working for us, too.

STYLE LESSON: LIVEN UP A TATTERED TEE

A still from Katy Perry’s “The One That Got Away” music video.
Photo: Courtesy of Capital Records

This is when things get a little bit cray, and we would appreciate maybe if this were turned into a feature film with dialogue we can follow instead of a couple-minutes-long music video. “Teenage Dream Katy” somehow appears in that walk-in closet we know belongs to “Old Lady Katy.” She’s wearing a tattered and dingy once-white tee, her hair undone, and layers of skinny super-long black necklaces. Oh, also no pants. We’d suggest slipping on some kind of bottom – shorts, mini-skirt, anything but capris, really – but the style lesson she’s giving by dressing up the beaten old t-shirt with some jewelry is one you can really take with you. Put it in your pocket for a rainy day.

LOUCHE LOUNGEWEAR (REPRISE)

A still from Katy Perry’s “The One That Got Away” music video.
Photo: Courtesy of Capital Records

So THIS is where “Old Lady Katy” gets it. That badass silky PJ set we sung the praises of earlier downright pales in comparison to the loungewear decisions she made in her younger days. Okay, so this may not have been a “decision” so much as a “it happened because she was too tired/lazy/other sloth-like adjective to change clothes,” but sleeping in a frilly party dress is preeeetty baller. The sunglasses, additionally, are a nice touch.

LADY CHIPS-A-LOT

A still from Katy Perry’s “The One That Got Away” music video.
Photo: Courtesy of Capital Records

This is when we remember, “Oh right, you’re, like, a spokesperson for Proactiv and clear skin and stuff. ” Obviously. Because look at that glowing complexion. Inspirational. We also remember, for an entirely different reason, that she has her own line of OPI nail polishes. *achem* GURL, sit yourself down for a mani some time…

SHEER-SHOCKED

A still from Katy Perry’s “The One That Got Away” music video.
Photo: Courtesy of Capital Records

When things turn sour, we’re definitely in shock as it all goes down – I mean, you can’t be adults and talk it out? You’re just going to pack up your things and leave?? #buschleague – but we also can’t stop eyeing her peachy sheer top and knubbly contrast placket cardigan combo. LOVE.

NOTE TO SELF: SWITCH TO WATERPROOF

A still from Katy Perry’s “The One That Got Away” music video.
Photo: Courtesy of Capital Records

Naturally, when things fall apart, so do emotions, and tears follow suit. Mascara also follows in this case, and we write “waterproof mascara” on the shopping list because if this is what happens when your mascara runs and THIS is what KATY PERRY looks like, you’re bound to look, well… you know, not like Katy Perry.

MONOCHROME MOURNING

A still from Katy Perry’s “The One That Got Away” music video.
Photo: Courtesy of Capital Records

“Old Lady Katy” wears all black everything as she leaves the house to mourn her lost love. Even totally broken and forlorn, she still manages to put herself together in a billowy chiffon blouse with a necktie and structured contrast lapel brocade blazer.

STRONG-SHOULDERED SOLITUDE

A still from Katy Perry’s “The One That Got Away” music video.
Photo: Courtesy of Capital Records

In closing, we are left with this shot of “Old Lady Katy” in her mourning outfit. As we watch her stare off in the distance, we’re able to appreciate those strong shoulders and the fact that girl will still wear a skinny heel out onto a gravelly dirt-covered cliff. Respect.

+ WATCH KATY PERRY’S FULL ’THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY’ MUSICE VIDEO BELOW!!!

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