Fashion of His Love
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|"Fashion of His Love"|
|Song by Lady Gaga from the album Born This Way (Special Edition)|
|Released||May 23, 2011|
|Recorded||2010; Sing Sing Studios, Melbourne, Australia|
|Label||Streamline, Interscope, Kon Live|
|Writer||Stefani Germanotta, Fernando Garibay|
|Producer||Lady Gaga, Fernando Garibay|
"Fashion of His Love" is a song by American recording artist Lady Gaga from the special edition of her second studio album, Born This Way (2011). The song is written and produced by Lady Gaga and Fernando Garibay. It premiered on GagaVille on May 19, three days before the album release.
Background and composition
"Fashion of His Love" is an midtempo dance-pop song, with a "poppy" dance tune similar to the music of 80s. It was one of the very first songs Gaga wrote for the album. In the song, Gaga sings about finding love she never knew before. The track begins with Gaga explaining the current state of her love life: "I never was the kind of girl that’s naturally sure when it comes to love / Oh no, I was insecure / But when it comes to you and me, I can’t deny this feeling inside / Oh no, I never felt like this before." But with the arrival of the chorus comes a huge hook with the "'80s beat", very similar to Whitney Houston's hit single "I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)". During her Best Pop Vocal Album acceptance speech for The Fame Monster at the 2011 Grammy Awards, Gaga stated that Houston was one of the main inspirations for her new album, saying that she wanted to thank Whitney because when she wrote Born This Way she imagined that Houston was singing it — because she wasn’t secure enough in herself to imagine that she was a superstar. How explained Pop Crush, the reason why song didn't make the cut for the standard album is because "it's fun, but too lightweight". Prior to the release, Gaga revealed on her Twitter account that the song is about the late, legendary fashion designer Alexander McQueen. She said that she was deeply affected by McQueen's tragic death and she wrote a song as her personal tribute to the couturier. At the same month of his death, Gaga performed at the 2010 BRIT Awards, wearing one of McQueen's couture creations. She also honored him saying, "This is for Alexander McQueen." than commemorated him after accepting her awards that night. The bridge of the song is a re-work of the chorus of an unreleased song she wrote with DJ Space Cowboy called "Earthquake"
The song received mostly positive reviews. Many critics compared it to Whitney Houston's hit single "I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)". A music website Pop Dust explained: "It is exactly like "I Wanna Dance With Somebody," chord progression, beat, melody, even the stresses on the lyrics. The parts that aren’t exactly like Houston's hit single, rip off the chorus and verses of Born This Way. There’s a truck driver’s key change. The "Fashion of His Love" conceit sounds like the first idea you'd brainstorm, then toss out as too obvious." Scott Shettler of PopCrush given three stars out of five, adding that "the song is fun, but lightweight". Cristin Maher, also from PopCrush, called it "fun" and "a revamped version" of "I Wanna Dance With Somebody", but said that "some people can get away from it, and it has the pace of eighties". Becky Bain of Idolator described it as "a melodious dance tune that sounds like it came straight from the 1980s" and said that "it gives much more meaning to why Gaga thanked Whitney at the Grammys". Later, he declared that it discusses a "fashion god", referring to McQueen. On the other hand, Carlos Marcia Terra compared "Fashion of His Love" with "Open Your Heart" by Madonna. Marcia continued: "That aside, the track sounds like a classic pop song of the 80s. Reminds me of "I Wanna Dance with Somebody" from Houston. Not a great song, but still better than anything that other artists included as bonus tracks on their albums." Carlos Fresneda of World described it as "a love song and the penultimate posthumous cheeky nod to the eighties, mysteriously linked to the theme that follows". On the other hand, St Katherine Asapah from PopDust stated: "It is really, speaking as "I Wanna Dance with Somebody". The chord progression, rhythm, melody, even the accent of the song" and that the pride of this "sounds like the first idea that came in brainstorming". Max Osman from the Examiner called it "a beautiful tribute to Alexander McQueen" while Patrick Broadnax from the same company said that the track sounds like a pop song of Cyndi Lauper, and said that "It is not great, but worth it as a dance song."
Gaga performed "Fashion of His Love" for the first time at her third concert tour, The Born This Way Ball, dressed in a pink origami dress. She performed a short version with only the first verse and chorus and then the first 3 lines from the chorus after the bridge before moving on up to "Just Dance".
- "Fashion of His Love" – 3:39
Special edition remix version
- "Fashion of His Love" (Fernando Garibay Remix) – 3:45
Credits and personnel
- Lady Gaga - vocals, songwriter, producer, background vocals
- Fernando Garibay - songwriter, producer, programming, keyboards
- Dave Russell – recording at Sing Sing Studios, Melbourne, Australia; audio mixing at The Mix Room, Burbank, California
- Gene Grimaldi – audio mastering at Oasis Mastering, Burbank, California
- Paul Pavao – assistant
- Anna Webster - assistant
Credits adapted from the special edition liner notes of Born This Way.
|UK Singles Chart (Official Charts Company)||140|
- "Fashion of His Love". BMI. Retrieved 23 July 2012.
- "Lady Gaga Channels Whitney Houston On Bonus Track "Fashion Of His Love"". Idolator. Retrieved 23 July 2012.
- "Lady Gaga, ‘Fashion of His Love’ – Song Review". Pop Crush. Retrieved 23 July 2012.
- "Lady Gaga Penned 'Fashion' Song In Memory of Alexander McQueen". popeater.com. Retrieved 23 July 2012.
- "Lady Gaga's Born This Way bonus tracks: "Fashion of His Love"". Pop Dust. Retrieved 23 July 2012.
- Anderson, Gretchen (2011). Born This Way (Special Edition) (Media notes). Lady Gaga. Santa Monica, United States: Streamline Records, Kon Live Distribution, Interscope Records. p. 10. 0602527718408.