Miley Cyrus Wears Vintage Gaultier And Why I Love When She Wears Clothes

Miley Cyrus at the 2013 Bambi Awards in Germany.
Photo: Getty Images

Last night, Miley Cyrus arrived on the red carpet of the 2013 Bambi Awards in Berlin dipped in a floor-length, black, scoop-neck, Jean Paul Gaultier dress from the late-90s. I love this look. In fact, I love when the blonde, Bangerz bombshell elects to wear clothes. It’s not that I give a fig about her “messaging” and the “impact she wields on impressionable female minds” when she shuns pants or tops (or both) as she frequently does, it’s more that she’s so damned uniformly ’90s when she’s wearing enough textile that you can suss out her personal style (not that her birthday suit isn’t from the ’90s as well [1992 in fact], but you know what I mean).

It’s an era that I’m hugely fond of and one at which Miley’s particularly good. Between gem-studded vintage Dolce & Gabbana leggings for the VMA red carpet and the shiny, silver mock turtleneck, long-sleeved, knee-length situation (with matching creepers) from the EMAs, this velvet-rolled, cuff-and-collared number from a decidedly The Fifth Element design era from the French designer is just an excellent look. In fact, it’s kinda dorky from a fashion perspective (in fact, I’m fairly sure this dress is from JPG’s gender-bendy Maille era which is very ’inside baseball’).

It’s clear that Miley Cyrus is comfortable with her body so when she uses it as a springboard to take up an unorthodox amount of space or cut an unexpected witchy, spacy silhouette, I get a frisson of excitement about what to next expect from her. It’s not unlike when she first chopped off her hair. It’s akin to when Rihanna wears head-to-toe menswear or tucks a flannel tied around her waist INTO her jean shorts. If Miley spends the next week expressly in dresses that LE1F would also look AWESOME wearing, I’d be very happy.

Miley Cyrus at the 2013 Bambi Awards in Germany.
Photo: Getty Images

Miley’s performance outfit from bustier and bodysuit impresarios, The Blonds, might be as abbreviated as what we’ve come to expect from her but what I love about the Tweety Bird-yellow ensemble is that it also features a pronounced rolled seam on the collar (in a thick, layered, micro-mesh fabric) which echos the 3D neckline of the Gaultier dress.
So while I realize how balkanizing Miley can be from a style perspective, I have to be honest and say that given her twenties, I’m looking forward to what she’ll wear in her thirties and forties (even if she herself couldn’t possibly envision WTF that would be like). If she goes full-tilt Euro-retro with a strong-shouldered Mugler power suit I’d be thrilled (skirt would obviously be optional [good shoes, however, would not]).

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