Katy Perry debuts violet hair at Coachella: cute or trashy?

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Over the weekend, Katy Perry was one of many celebrities to attend the Coachella Music Festival in Los Angeles, and she chose to use the event to show off her brand new hair color. However, the element of surprise was very important for some reason, so here’s Katy on Friday in two separate outfits as she made her way to her tour bus. In both instances, she’s covering her head under the guise of protecting herself from the rain, but let’s not fool ourselves into believing that because Katy could’ve easily found some lackey to hold an umbrella for her. She was really just hiding her hair because she wasn’t yet wearing one of her adorable quirky outfits.

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Now before we discuss her official Saturday concert-going outfit, here’s the big reveal on the violet-purple hair (with some new extensions too):

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Katy Perry can’t seem find a hair color that suits her.

Perhaps that’s because she chooses unconventional shades, like the dark purple color she debuted at the Coachella Music Festival in Indio, Calif. over the weekend. The singer, 27, most recently rocked a bright blue hue.

In the past year alone, Perry has dyed her hair black, blonde and bubblegum pink. After Perry unveiled her cobalt coif in January 2012, her colorist Rita Hazan told Us Weekly: “She wanted to go this particular color blue for a few weeks now. Katy is the ideal client because she loves to be creative and unpredictable with her look.”

It’s been a year of change for Perry, whose husband Russell Brand filed for divorce in December 2011. The British comedian, 36, recently surrendered all rights to the $6.5 million Hollywood Hills home he shared with his ex-wife, according to a quitclaim deed. They purchased the sprawling seven-bedroom, nine-bathroom pad in June 2011.

[From Us Magazine]

Is it wrong to admit that I actually liked the blue hair better than this violet hue? At least blue played up Katy’s eyes a bit, but the dark purple seems to wash her out. Perhaps it’s the longer length that does so as well because I prefer her with a shorter, kickier hairstyle. At least we know this color and style won’t last long, for Katy doesn’t like to settle down with just one look. The purple is much better than the recent pink though.

As far as Katy’s outfit goes, she tweeted that “Today’s lewk is sponsored by courtney love, virgin suicides & fern gully #nymph.” Nice quirky misspelling there, right? But the outfit itself — a transparent, flower-child like dress, leather lace-up boots, and very visible bra and granny panties underneath — isn’t very flattering at all. Much like Katy’s recent mint-green, butt-flashing number from Paris Fashion Week, this is a very “look at me” sort of outfit.

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By the end of the evening on Saturday, Katy added a studded, black leather jacket to her ensemble.

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Photos courtesy of Pacific Coast News, Fame/Flynet, and WENN

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  1. katie says:

    I think Katy is melting down a little. She seems to be unable to decide who she is and who she wants to be.

  2. Cherry says:

    I actually like this hair color, but that dress is… sigh.

  3. Missy Mara says:

    Sings (in her best Jim Morrison imitation): “You’re lost little girl, you’re lost… Tell me who are you?”

  4. TruthTella says:

    GROSS… where would she be without her boobs?

  5. paola says:

    All the hair coloring will give her a bald head very soon, she already has very thin and fair hair. I bet she is wearing a hell of a lot of extensions right now.

    • gg says:

      The hair coloring has been done carefully enough to where there hasn’t been much lifting, only adding to, which won’t dissolve your hair like trying to bleach colored hair several times. She’s doing it wisely – unlike LiLo has done.

      But you’re right, the extensions will do far more damage than her careful coloring has done. Anyway, I like the dark violet and it looks like she’s gone back to black as her base color. Good.

  6. OlsenTriplet says:

    I think she’s just that kind of girl who will forever chase what she doesn’t want.

  7. helvetica says:

    Why does everyone wear stoopid weird clothes at Coachella ?

    Is that a dress code or something ?

    • the original almond says:

      From what I’ve read from people attending the festival, only the celebs tend to dress like complete nutjobs. Which makes them pretty easy to spot. Those who don’t want to draw attention won’t be seen in crazy outfits.

    • DreamyK says:

      Most people wear shorts, lightweight shirts, sandals and some kind of hat. The people that dress up for Coachella look like a 50 cent piece sticking out of a goat’s a** and some are laughably tragic (side eye to Vanessa Hudgens and her Pocahontas get up). Honestly, it’s usually so hot there that you dress to avoid heat exposure.

      When did Katy “Overexposed” Perry start smoking? That’s very sad to see.

  8. Nicole says:

    I love the violet, HATE her outfit. She is a curvy girl (not big in anyway. Her body is great, but not suited for this outfit in anyway. The violet seems close to her old raven hair, which I preferred. The pink color was her worst so far.

  9. moopsie says:

    “fame is a by-product of what I do” …well by the looks of these photos it seems she likes to draw attention in a little bit of a sleazy way.

  10. marie says:

    I actually like the hair color, but everything else is just gross..

  11. Axel 5 says:

    agreed with helvetica about the fool clothes but like the violet color on her.

  12. Naye in VA says:

    why cant her hair EVER match her extensions? geez its so freakin annoying

  13. Madrid says:

    I´d say boring (not meaning the colour)

  14. I.want.shoes says:

    Despite all the f–kery Courtney Love has been known for, she probably would not have been caught dead in that hideous outfit.

  15. sarah says:

    wow, no wonder she sings soooo bad if she’s smoking

  16. lower-case deb says:

    what happened at Coachella? her skirt got ripped :( actually that’s sort of a nice dress, if made with a thicker less-see-through fabric.

  17. alison8701 says:

    wow that outfit :/ not flattering. She has a nice body, but that outfit makes her look thick.

    I like her hair color in general, as a color.. and I’m kind of whatever about it on her. I’m not a fan of hers at all, but I did just realize that she can pull of an array of hair colors.. perhaps not blonde, but she looked nice in the pink I thought. I always thought the black was too much. but the natural make up suits her better. Sometimes it seems she is aging kind of quickly.

  18. Lily says:

    Hate her hair. She looks OK only in black hair in my opinion. It seems she has to have bad skin because she always wears very heavy foundadion. ProActive doesn’t work? The last photo is the best “no makeup makup” – fail.

    • Agnes says:

      ha! pro-active, nice catch.

    • alison8701 says:

      ProActiv is kind of touch and go. Some of their products work for some people. I wish celebrities wouldn’t shill it, though. It’s not the end-all be all cure for acne. People with acne need to find their own routine, and some proactiv products have irritating ingredients. More than half their products are rated poorly.

      Anyway… she seems to have some acne scars, but I’m pretty sure there are some options for that.. although i think you have to wait until your acne is under control.

      Also most acne stuff needs to be done every day, sometimes twice a day, and doesn’t always work without strict adherence.

      and that’s my acne spiel of the day! :)

    • Franny says:

      What? I think her skin looks nice. I used to have some problems with acne and it really took a while for me to find what works. I use clindamycin pads every night and it has done wonders for keeping my skin looking ~good.

  19. CynicElle says:

    I love the hair — I think Katy has the coloring to be able to pull off just about any hair color — but I really hate that dress. And is it ripped in the leather jacket pic, or is that big hole over her thigh supposed to be there? I never can tell with “fashion.”

  20. J O'C says:


    Also, for someone who supposedly “hates” being famous, she sure makes a huge effort to get noticed and photographed.

  21. lilyb says:

    I love the violet hue, like someone else said it’s kind of close to her raven locks and I liked that best (her natural blonde is okay too). I did not like the pink hair on her.

  22. Franny says:

    I don’t know…I like her changes in hair color. I really liked when she was that pink/blond coloring. I liked the blue when her roots were done. I think this is cute too – I’m sure she’ll go back to black soon enough.

    As for her outfit, yeah, not her best. Her underwear I don’t think are “granny panties” but more like high waisted – very pin up. I think I would have liked it more if the dress was a different color.

  23. Cathy says:

    Like the hair, but I hate the outfit. That whole get-up (boots included) is hideous.

  24. serena says:

    I was tired of her blue hair, this is better yeah. I like this new shade.

  25. GoodCapon says:

    How the f*** did I miss Coachella this year?? :(

  26. maggiegrace says:

    I’m really starting to hate her.

  27. Ainsley says:

    The outfit is ugly, but what really ruins her is her terrible posture. She looks like she has a gut because of how she stands–and wearing those high-waisted granny panties only makes it worse.

  28. La.uren says:

    I am starting to wonder if she has a mental illness. Manic depression or depression. KP’s behavior is odd.

  29. ladyballz says:

    Ummm..what’s that white dust smudged all over her black hoodie?

  30. KayC says:

    If that dress wasn’t sheer I would think she looks mad cute. I really like this hair, a massive improvement over everything she’s done since she first ditched her natural color.

    Honestly I think her face is lovely, and her body is obviously banging, she shouldn’t have as many fashion misfires as she seems to. So much of her stuff seems so close to being great, except for the bit that makes it too–’tight, short, garish, see through’ whichever, take your pick.

  31. build a bridge and get over yourself, Katie.

  32. Jayna says:

    I love this color better than the lighter. She looks better with darker hair, so if she has to have color, at least this works better.

  33. Rin says:

    I am now considering this color for myself. I love it that much.

    As for her…I do feel she’s lost.

  34. Str8Shooter says:

    Look at me! Look at me! I’m a pop star with little talent, so I need to dye my hair to make up for it!

  35. cara says:

    she really can’t go a day without wanting her picture taken, huh? God, she’s annoying now, she wasn’t so bad in the beginning.

  36. Meg says:

    looks cool, but she needs to start wearing wigs. all these dye jobs are killing her hair.

  37. soulsister says:

    Train wreck in progress. She needs to go away for a while and find who she is.

  38. Palina says:

    Am I the only one who thinks that the girl in the second picture looks a lot like Alexis Bledel?

  39. Jover says:

    To think that in just two generations we’ve gone from massively talented cool musicians to empty shallow narcissists like this trick – how do the suites that foist a KP on the public hold their laughter; that is the question.

  40. skuddles says:

    Hair… better. Outfit… horrid.

  41. Lady Satan says:

    I think the violet is quite pretty, but the rest is *ugh*.

    I guess this is KP trying to transition into her new dark n’ edgy look. Personally I think she’d do better with dropping ALL the costumes and concentrating on learning how to sing, rather than yell, her songs. “Firework” makes my ears bleed.

  42. Frayed_Edges says:

    Is the lady in the wide-brimmed hat in the second picture actually Katy Perry? Looks like someone else.

  43. Vera says:

    As far as it being Coachella, I don’t have a problem with the outfit. Kind of like it in a way (which surprises me).
    Her hair is very nice here – much improved upon since the last colour. I think she may be going back to black soon, though; her hair has been getting progressively darker.

  44. Kim says:

    I think she is covering her hair because the rain would make the dye drip.

    Or because she is a fame whore and it brought attention.

  45. Kim says:

    2nd picture with hat is not Katy.

  46. Camille (The original) says:

    Ridiculous and awful outfit. And in that last photo you can see how plain she really is without a ton of makeup on.

  47. annaloo. says:

    Katy Perry doesn’t really have multiple looks. She has ONE, maybe two (if you count the neo-Bettie Page thing when she first shot to stardom…) but it’s always some variation of Rainbow Brite with Massive Need for Attention.

    at least she’s consistent

  48. QueenC says:

    Katy Perry is a talentless fool! That’s y she hast to keep changing her hair color. She knows that she couldn’t sing if her life depended on it!

  49. QueenC says:

    Katy Perry is a talentless fool! That’s y she has to keep changing her hair color. She knows that she couldn’t sing if her life depended on it!

  50. Amy says:

    I actually like this haircolor and length, but that outfit is atrocious.

  51. badassninja says:

    WTH is she wearing?as for the hair color, it seems fine.

  52. Emily says:

    I think she looks washed out because she only has one inch of makeup on, not two. I actually like the colour otherwise.

    As for saying her look is “fern gully”? No. Just no, bitch. You’ve ruined the Smurfs, do NOT ruin Fern Gully for me. Some of us prefer our childhood to remain non-ruined, thanks very much.

  53. Maya says:

    Russell did well in divorcing her.

  54. huh? says:

    Wait? Now she’s a Forevah 21 hippie flower child? I thought she done joined the marines! Wowh so confusezed!

    Also, that chic in the hunters and red pants is Katy’s double. Not Katy. Cuz she needs double cause she so famouse y’all.

    ALso majorly digging the dude carrying her purse. What was Russell thinking? He could be there right NOW being that guy. The guy that has to carry her tiny purse because when you’re famous the fame is so fricken heavy that you need some guy to carry your tiny purse.

  55. sandy says:

    Looks better than that blue martian shade she had before!