The Gaga in your life is an eccentric multitasker, unconcerned with divisions of high and low culture, out to blur the lines between trashy and refined. Gaga’s taste is predicated on pushing boundaries, so a sweater from the Gap isn’t going to cut it. It’s got to be flashy and it must be original.
- Even if she thinks she’s the second coming, she should know who came first. The answer is Andy Warhol and his book “The Philosophy of Andy Warhol (From A to B and Back Again)” ($12.78) will be like a textbook for any little monster who dreams of a sea of sequins and pantslessness. Topics include money, sex, success and, of course, fame, so your zany individualist might as well learn from the master.
- English jeweler Tom Binns creates pieces that are avant-garde but also likely to wear well, long after the Gaga phase has passed. His signature hand-painted Swarovski crystals are displayed to beautiful effect in this neon crystal bracelet ($440). Or go the traditional route and cough up the $895 for this vintage ’94 Chanel necklace, or some other timeless bauble from the vintage retailer What Goes Around Comes Around. You could also patronize a Gaga favorite by picking up this delicate teardrop lace and feather headpiece ($2,015) from Philip Treacy (the milliner Gaga wanted to intern for), and include a copy of “Isabella Blow,” co-authored by Treacy, about the late, great fashion muse, who dazzled and inspired long before Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta donned her first feather.