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Fierce fashion and bold play, the Lady Gaga way

Born this way. We embrace ourselves when we realize that being who we are is the best person we can be. Such is the success of an artist who has overcome much doubt and criticism. Lady Gaga is on tour once again and her fans and followers came out to support and show their sense of self, fashion and creativity at The Born This Way Ball after-party at Republic NightClub.

The event was hosted by none other than LuvnGrace Affair's Vernard Goud and Fashion TV's glamorous Mandy Ross. And to entice the all-inclusive fashion and musical experience, a special guest appearance by friend and DJ of Lady Gaga, Lady Starlight.

Lady Starlight, Mandy Ross and Vernard Goud (photo credit: Kuna Photography)

All the Gaga "monsters" were in full effect with outrageous and spectacular outfits, fluorescents, spikes, tassels, lace, leather, and that was just outside. I walked in and was welcomed by the LuvnGrace team in style with hugs and European kisses (both cheeks, of course). Republic nightclub had a different vibe than usual. I sensed an evening of colourful adventures was in my cards.

The live performances had already begun with Kristen Karma. Carol Cox was soon to take the spot light shortly after, dressed as an angel goddess with goth couture flare. I would have preferred the stage to be in the center of the dance floor and not in the corner. I felt all the energy was confined and preserved in a way that the artist and the crowd could not fully enjoy the performance.

From the corner of a crowded stairwell, I was really happy to watch a pop sensational and in-your-face choreography by the outrageously talented, Stiletto Fit Dance group I caught a few glimpses of Lady Starlight as she was graciously meeting with media and being photographed with all her fans. What a beautiful smile. You can tell a lot about someone by the way they smile and interact with people. She strikes me as very kind with a bit of an appetite for danger. Her fashion statement is bold, with the air of an elegant and fabulous rebel.

Element7Style (photo credit: Desy Cheng)

 Upstairs there were beautiful jewelry and fashion showcases setup by Element7Style, Street Cat Design Rogue Design and Gargoyle Designs.  A great way to introduce and prepare the fashionistas for the show that was underway.

I got behind the scenes Q&As with some of the artists, designers and models. All were hipped and excited to present local and creative style. I particularly had a interest to see Misty Greer and Rogue Designs as these styles display a strong female representation. The fashion show was late to start, but like the Bonnie Raitt saying, "Let's give them something to talk about," we certainly did.

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