They said/We said: What we think about baby Gaga aka Natali Germanotta designing

Photography by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images
Photography by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images

Does artistic genius run in the family? When your older sister is Lady Gaga, there has to be some crossover. Natali Germanotta, who is being labelled “Baby Gaga,” is setting out to prove that she too possesses creative talent. News has broken that the 19-year-old is creating costumes for Simon Says, the Off-Broadway show set to premiere this fall in New York.

Germanotta isn’t exactly a stranger to the world of fashion and music. Whether or not you noticed, she appeared in Lady Gaga’s video for “Telephone” and accompanied her to this year’s CFDA awards. Judging from what we’ve seen, the girl’s got style! Beyond that, she has interned for designer Allison Parris and currently studies fashion design at Parsons the New School for Design.

It’s likely that Germanotta will have a high-profile career in fashion, but the question is: Will she bear resemblance to her sister’s style or set her own trends? Will her work resemble Gaga’s designer favourites, like Mugler, McQueen, and Versace? Perhaps, when designing, Germanotta is inspired by the likes of Hermès and Céline… Actually, we  highly doubt that.


Allison Parris, designer: “Natali has an edgier sense of style like her sister. Initially when she went to the Grammys a few years ago, she wore one of our little lace trapeze dresses, but she styled it up with leather and hardware. She is so nice and so easy to work with.” [WWD]

The Cut: “So she’s black lipstick and razor-blade shades to the core, perhaps…Imagine the admissions officers getting that application.” [The Cut]

StyleCaster: “If this costume design gig falls through, we bet that Lady Gaga could make a quick phone call to Nicola Formichetti at Mugler or Jean Paul Gaultier or Donatella Versace (OK, pretty much anyone) to find Natali another sick internship. Perhaps she can design for the Haus of Gaga? Either way, when it comes to the next generation of great American fashion designers, we should probably keep an eye out for this girl.” [StyleCaster]


Siofan Davies, contributor: “Good for her for going the commoner route by going to Parsons, rather than doing two internships and starting her own label. The school is competitive and demands a lot of work, so if she ignores the short-cut doors her sister could open and sticks with the program until the end, I’ll be impressed. Let’s keep in mind that two fashionable and talented sisters in one family isn’t a stretch—Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen, Laura and Kate Mulleavy, Jodie and Danielle Snyder of Dannijo. I’d really like to see Jessica Simpson and her sister Ashlee have some kind of style swap with Lady Gaga and Natali, though. Hilarious.”