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Katy Perry Brings ‘Red Hot Drama’ in a Slick Leather Dress & the Edgiest Thigh-High Boots

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Katy Perry brought drama and flair to the set of “American Idol” this weekend with an edgy moment.

In what she called a “red hot drama” look, the “Roar” musician wowed the crowd for last night’s episode in an attention-grabbing red dress complete with a slick leather finish, puffed sleeves and a belt-cinched waist.

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Katy Perry on the set of “American Idol,” May 16.
CREDIT: Courtesy of ABC

To bring the already bold dress to the next level, Perry then layered in a set of sheer black stockings and the wildest set of boots. the slick latex boots slid up her leg for a thigh-high fit, all balanced atop a towering heel and almond-toe silhouette.

Knee-high and thigh-high boots are the must-have boot silhouettes this season. From leather twists on the trend to edgy lace-up styles, you can find the taller shoes on everyone from Ciara to Lily Collins and Gwen Stefani amongst other major names. In colder temperatures, the silhouettes offer coverage to counter skirts, dresses and shorts as well as provides an extra layer to any leggings or jeans look.

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Katy Perry on the set of “American Idol,” May 16.
CREDIT: Courtesy of ABC

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A closer view of Katy Perry’s boots.
CREDIT: Courtesy of ABC

For last week’s episode of the singing competition, the “Daisies” singer tackled two of spring’s biggest styling trends: corsets and suits.

The “Firework” singer went glam for the installment of the music competition, layering a structured black corset over a tailored white suit. As styled by Tatianna Waterford, the design comes courtesy of Australian designer Toni Maticevski with similar pieces available at Moda Operandi.

The finishing touch for Perry’s own take on the two spring trends came in the form of lifted stiletto heels with a rounded toe and black suede upper.

As for Perry herself, the new mom, who welcomed her first child with fiancé Orlando Bloom in August 2020, is no stranger to adding a bold piece to her rotation of ensembles. In addition to wearing standout looks and stylish shoes from Balmain, Bottega Veneta and Giuseppe Zanotti, the Grammy-nominated singer also has her own line of footwear. Perry launched her namesake collection in 2016 as a joint venture with Global Brands Group Holding Ltd.

“I like my shoes to tell a story through the heel, [asking]: ‘Can it be this or can it be that?’ I’ve tried to put many a different figure or ornament on the heels just to tell a story and to hopefully start conversations via your feet wherever you’re going, whatever you’re doing,” Perry told FN of her brand in 2018.

Try out the thigh-high boot trend for yourself in these wild pairs inspired by Katy Perry.

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CREDIT: Courtesy of Steve Madden

Buy Now: Steve Madden Vava Boots, $130.

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CREDIT: Courtesy of DSW

Buy Now: Marc Fisher Eilah Boots, $100.

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CREDIT: Courtesy of Nordstron

Buy Now: Bcbgmaxazria Lisa Boots, $328.

Click through the gallery for a look at Katy Perry’s best street style outfits over the years.

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