Perry did take some liberties with Spears' original outfit — she incorporated acid-wash denim and bedazzling. Still, her main goal for the outfits was to pay direct homage to Britney and Justin's extremely questionable ensembles from the American Music Awards that fateful day.
WE'RE GOIN FOR DA BEST WORST DRESSED TODAY ? #THISISHOWWEDOVMAS— KATY PERRY (@katyperry) August 24, 2014
I must admit my outfit is a result of my love for nostalgia and my tumblr addiction #THISISHOWWEDOVMAS— KATY PERRY (@katyperry) August 24, 2014
Despite her self-proclaimed worst-dressed status, Perry still didn't want to offend the grandam of the all-denim look. She tweeted to Britney Spears for approval.
. @britneyspears I did my best impression, hope u likey!— KATY PERRY (@katyperry) August 25, 2014
Luckily, Britney had only kind words to say about Perry's fashion tribute.
.@katyperry Just when I thought the denim dress had retired....you bring it back! You looked amazing tonight bb ;)— Britney Spears (@britneyspears) August 25, 2014
Katy Perry is lucky Britney Spears is so chill about things. If that had been us, we would've fired back a "You're gonna hear me (and my lawyers) ROAR" tweet without a second thought. Followed shortly by "jk lol...baby you're a firework." (Extra)