She kept the launch of her third scent largely under wraps until its bawdy launch on Thursday night. So when she made her way to the New York City venue, Katy Perry forewent outrageous costumery in favour of subtle sexiness. The 28-year-old singer donned an emerald green frock that harkened to the screen sirens of the 1940s. A white collar reached all the way to her neck, covering up her famous curves. With long sleeves and a knee-length waved hemline, the I Kissed A Girl singer looked decidedly ladylike.
Roses were embroidered on the front, a secret signal of what was to come inside her perfume launch. Black pointed-toe Mary Janes lengthened the raven-haired beauty’s legs as she strode into her secret gathering. Once safely inside, the singer performed a major costume change. Katy was decked out in a strapless rose-patterned Thom Browne ball gown as she posed atop a throne at the James B. Duke Mansion. The nine-time Grammy nominee wore her raven locks side-parted and curled and rocked a matching baroque manicure for the unveiling.
Clearly inspired by the Queen of Hearts from Alice in Wonderland, Katy finished her royal look with Lorraine Schwartz bracelets, Chopard earrings, and David Yurman rings. Perry was joined at the perfume event by VP Global Marketing Coty Steve Mormoris, who got into the Killer Queen aesthetic thanks to a powdered wig. The I Kissed a Girl hitmaker, born Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson, put out Purr in 2010 and followed it up with Meow a year later. ‘Just had an elegant unveiling of my new fragrance KILLER QUEEN at the Duke! Can’t wait to share the royal juice! #sosophisticated,’ Katy tweeted to her 35.9 million followers.
On Wednesday, the Part of Me singer was so moved by Broadway musical Kinky Boots she ‘broke down in sobs’ at Al Hirschfeld Theatre. ‘She was crying so hard she thought she lost an eyelash,’ a source told Page Six. And as soon as she met her idol Cindy Lauper backstage, the Kinky Boots songwriter offered Katy a tissue. ‘Honey, I keep these on me at all times,’ the source heard Cindy say. ‘I’ve been crying nonstop all week.’ Perry recently split with her on/off boyfriend singer John Mayer after divorcing British comedian Russell Brand last year.