Leave it to Lady Gaga to start off a morning with a bang. First she made headlines for mysteriously Instagramming three photos of herself nude, only to make even more frantic headlines just a matter of hours later for simply wearing a purse. This wasn't, of course, any old handbag, but the debut of some of the most coveted fashion in the world: the first-ever public glimpse at what Céline will look like now that Hedi Slimane has taken over the French house from its beloved creative director, Phoebe Philo, as was announced this past January.
That appointment brought mixed reactions, to say the least; Slimane has of course had a cult following of his own ever since he struck out at Dior Homme, though that specialty in menswear—not to mention his recent penchant for fashion tweet storms—is also what made him a controversial choice for a house that Philo transformed into being not only for women, but all about women. Gaga's support for Slimane ahead of his Céline debut at Paris Fashion Week this September, then, comes at an important time and is no small endorsement; she's riding her own publicity wave thanks to all the Oscar buzz and nonstop praise surrounding her upcoming film with Bradley Cooper, A Star Is Born.
So what exactly does Céline look like under Slimane? Thus far, we've only seen one handbag, but that's quite a bit in and of itself, suggesting that Slimane will be upholding the It bag reputation Philo famously forged for the house. Indeed, according to Gaga's stylist, Tom Eerebout, the sleek black-leather tote that Gaga stepped out with on Wednesday night—a personal gift from Slimane, who also photographed Gaga for her 2009 The Fame Monster album cover—will be a part of Céline's presentation at Paris Fashion Week. Naturally, then, Gaga treated her precious cargo quite accordingly, flaunting it with full theatrics on Wednesday in Paris and even taking it to see the Mona Lisa at the Louvre.
Alas, while Gaga's matching giant black-leather Alaïa trench coat may have added to the drama, it also wasn't the perfect backdrop for taking in the bag in all of its glory. Since this is Gaga we're talking about, though, it was only a matter of hours before she served up the close-up she knew everyone was looking for, kicking off the next morning by putting on an orange tube dress and staging a mini photo shoot on a rooftop in Paris to show it off in the daylight, from enough angles to fully exhibit its gold hardware and monogrammed leather tassel stamped with the letters "L.G."
All this only adds to the narrative that lately Gaga has been getting back to her former showstopping ways; she was, after all, the first celebrity to wear a full look from Slimane's debut collection for Saint Laurent in 2012 and has spent the past few weeks treating the streets like a runway, casually stepping out in looks like a blue PVC trench coat, worn atop a reflective neon bra, bike shorts, and a pair of ultra-high platform boots. (There have been a few other reminders that she's still a weirdo at heart too—like her recent NSFW photo shoot with an octopus.)