Truly groundbreaking red carpet moments seem to be rare these days: Sure, celebrities are relentlessly styled and groomed to always look flawless, but that’s different than taking mind-blowing risks like what Doja Cat just took in Dantes by Schiaparelli fashion inferno-Paris Fashion Week 2023 themed show.

The scene-stealing pop star and rapper walked the red carpet, which reportedly almost lasted, in red body paint and 30,000 Swarovski crystals five hours to apply. She was also dressed in a Schiaparelli ensemble consisting of an opaque red bodice, a similarly crystal-encrusted skirt, a long red scarf, and red knee-high boots.

“I imagine Elsa Sciaparelli herself, an intellectual designer who collaborated with the surrealist avant-garde artists of her time, would have loved this look,” Susan Scafidi, academic director of Fordham University’s Fashion Law Institute, told The Daily beast “There is no color more impressive than red, whether in reference to Dante inferno or good luck for the Lunar New Year, and the otherworldly nature of the look is perfect for our current cultural reckoning of reality versus artificiality.”

Legendary makeup artist Pat McGrath was behind the edgy makeup look. “Doja’s patience and dedication throughout the 4 hours and 58 minutes it took to create the look… was truly inspiring,” said McGrath wrote on Instagram. “The end product was a magical, mesmerizing masterpiece and a tribute to Doja Cat’s hard work and dedication.”

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Doja Cat is seen during Paris Fashion Week – Haute Couture Spring Summer 2023 on January 23, 2023 in Paris, France.

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Doja’s outfit was reminiscent of classic Lady Gaga looks, as well as a notable viral moment with Rihanna: the Barbadian pop star’s iconic 2014”nude dress‘ encompassed a translucent web of jewels. “Do you mind my tits?” asked Rihanna a clearly unsettled reporter. “They are coveredin Swarovski crystals, girl!”

Kylie Jenner also opted for a fresh Sciaparelli look from the runway. A giant lion’s head perched on the shoulder of her simple black dress, an outfit reminiscent of her Luna Lovegoods Harry Potter lion hat. (Online critic said it glorified trophy hunting; the designer clarified that it was all faux fur, no animals were harmed, etc.)



Kylie Jenner in a black lion head dress at the Schiaparelli fashion show on January 23, 2023 in Paris, France.

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“The look of Doja Cat was amazing,” Angharad Coates, an art and design PR executive who lives between Paris and NYC, told The Daily Beast. “It fits perfectly with Elsa Schiaparelli’s love of surrealism and artistic excellence, in keeping with the Maison’s history. (I just saw the Schiaparelli show at the Musee des Arts Décoratifs, so this is very fresh!) And as a Leo woman, I loved the Leo look. Very Aslan chic.”

Cultural writer and critic Juan A. Ramirez disagrees. “I have no skin in the fashion game because it’s boring and it lacks real glamour, and nobody represents that more than Kylie Jenner, the epitome of ‘you can’t buy style,’” Ramirez told The Daily Beast. “The hair looks freaking awful and the whole look just reeks of ‘Daddy got me that FAO Schwarz lion plush’.”

Is Doja Cat’s look just the first of many wild Fashion Week looks to come? The genre could use a resurgence, but Coates doesn’t believe in it. “Doja is like old school Gaga,” she said. “She’s not a trend indicator because her looks are SO outstanding.” After Gaga’s iconic 2010 MTV VMA performance, “there wasn’t a sudden trend towards flesh clothes,” Coates explained. Doja Cat and Kylie Jenner go wild at Paris Fashion Week’s Schiaparelli show