Friday, March 2, 2012

The OTHER Madonna

Irrelevant as it may be, it was almost a month ago, Madonna's half time show at the Superbowl deserved your attention... sure, as did the football too.

Love or hate her, you have to admit that the woman looked pretty fabulous for 53. And she was made even more amazing by Riccardo Tisci, the designer wunderkind who currently helms design house Givenchy, one of my favourite brands. Riccardo designed all three looks exclusively for Madonna and the halftime show and kept with his opulent Couture aesthetic that he carries out so well at Givenchy.

Examples of Riccardo's last three Couture seasons for Givenchy. He takes the whole concept of "high dressmaking" to another more elevated fantastical level. Some of his pieces take hundreds of hours to complete and are so heavily laden with beads, jewels, chiffon paillettes and sequins that you often can't see the original fabric underneath. Truly visionary stuff.

Sketches of the three wondrous outfits designed by Riccardo. The golden "winged" cape she wore as she rode in her man-slave chair, the black and gold lbd/skirt-cape combo and finally her black gospel robe.

I thought the outfits made her look like a combination of Elizabeth Taylor's Cleopatra, a Roman gladiator and an old-school Gianni-era Versace girl as exemplified by Gaga in her "Edge of Glory" video.

Overall I thought she was amazing, though I'm not in love with her new song, but I can forgive her for that. After all this is the woman who created masterpieces like "Frozen" and "Hung Up", tracks that perpetually remain in my top 25 played.

Love me alittle Cee Lo. especially as a marching band leader. Madge is just going for it...

Pretty great advertising for Anna and the magazine

- Life is good

Listening to: "Siciliana Da Antiche Danze Ed Arie Suite III" - Ottorino Respighi
Observations: Struggle  bus
Craving: WeekEND

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