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Even Katy Perry Has Succumbed To The “Quiet Luxury” Trend

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The week has got off to a strong start with Succession’s highly-anticipated return to our screens for its final season. With it comes a wealth (both literally and figuratively) of understated, “quiet luxury” looks—an aesthetic that has been wildly popular on and off the recent runways. The latest A-lister to embrace this upscale take on minimalism? Katy Perry, who has opted for a sleek ensemble that’s a notable shift away from her usual cartoonish style.

While out running errands in Manhattan, New York, the “Fireworks” singer was the epitome of pared-back sophistication in a cream belted Sentaler overcoat, a black knitted midi dress and dainty black leather buckled mules by By Far. To top it all off? Perry finished the look with the ultimate “stealth wealth” accessories—an elegant pair of black cat-eye shades, as well as a black if-you-know-you-know leather shoulder bag from The Row. The Olsen sisters’s fashion label has been leading the “quiet luxury” movement ever since it launched back in 2006. Perhaps we’re witnessing the beginning of a new era of dressing for Katy Perry.

At the autumn/winter 2023 shows, brands like Bottega Veneta, Alexander McQueen, Ferragamo and Khaite (as well as The Row, of course) delivered super-refined collections that felt like a bold shift from the daring, cut-out “naked” styles that have dominated our social media feeds for the past year. Now, famous fans of the ‘IYKYK’ aesthetic also include Jennifer Lawrence, Kendall Jenner and Zoë Kravitz, among many others.

Last week, Perry stated in a video for American Vogue’s “Life in Looks” franchise that her scarlet Maison Margiela Artisanal Met Gala gown was the moment she “felt like she belonged in fashion, finally,” noting that she had previously felt like an “outsider.” Recently, the star attended Carol Burnett’s 90th birthday celebration in Hollywood wearing an exquisite vintage Bob Mackie dress. 

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