In the June issue of Lucky, on newsstands this week, Perry reveals what's happening inside her head as she plans her often outrageous ensembles.
"I've gone from Betty Boop to more Bettie Page. It's less cute and more meow," she tells the magazine, while sharing some of her favorite things, including over-the-knee Agent Provocateur stockings with snakes up the back, a metallic Kate Spade jacket, deep red Nouba lipstick, and sparkly Melissa flats.
The newly engaged singer, who is expected to marry Brit comedian Russell Brand this year, admits that her love for fashion is so strong of late that it has become deeply intertwined with her music.
"Whenever I write a song, I look at style.com to figure out what it would look like if it were a dress," she says. "Is that stupid?"
Um, of course not. Especially now that the bubbly beauty can actually afford -- or at least has the connections to borrow -- the stuff she sees on the runway. Naturally, that wasn't always the case.
"I was completely broke," she says of her beginnings as a performer. "I used to borrow outfits, get my makeup done at makeup counters, and then sneak into events. It was cool! I seemed to be wearing things right."
Some of the items she seems to be wearing right in the Lucky spread include a white ruffled Oscar de la Renta top and bright pink D&G short-shorts, a Dolce & Gabbana silk jacquard bustier bodysuit, and a body-hugging red asymmetrical dress by Nanette Lepore. Meow, indeed!
To read more about Perry's favorite New York City shop and beauty staples, head over to Lucky.com, where you can also enter a giveaway of her cover look worth nearly $2,000.
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