The Queen of Pop awaits to be dressed in couture from fashion houses like Gucci, Alexander Wang, Prada and Moschino. Four luxury brands were chosen by Madonna for her upcoming tour, Rebel Heart, oh, and lets not forget Swarovski. We get a glimpse of what designers like Alessandro Michele, creative director at Gucci, imagined the Diva wearing on the stage – colourful accents, leather jacket and lace up boots! Beautiful!!!!
It is the fourth time that Madonna appears in the advertising campaigns of Versace, and the first was back in 1995. Photographed by legendary Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott, the most powerful singer of pop history embodies the values of the House of Medusa – an icon of sensuality and sexuality that fits perfectly the Versace woman.
“It’s very exciting to participate in this project and dress from head to toe Versace, experiencing firsthand the passion and imagination of Donatella,” says Madonna.
The designer stated in the press release that “Madonna is one of the Vesace icons. I’m excited. She’s not only a dear friend but also the strongest artist and symbol of nowadays.”
Photographed by Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott;
Fashion Editor Jacob K;
Makeup Lucia Pieroni;
Art Director Giovanni Bianco.
Madonna is no stranger to an unusual outfit, and for the latest issue of Interview Magazine she decided to make yet again an impact, by posing topless for Mert & Marcus. In the interview inside she talks about drugs and her obsession with death.
About a whole day of silence – “I think I would really enjoy it, stillness and quiet, because I feel like people are always talking to me, at me, asking things, questioning me, wanting information, work, music, loud noises, children-it’s endless. So the idea of a whole day of silence sounds very seductive to me.”
About death – “I became very obsessed with death, and the idea that you never know when death will arrive, so one has to do as much as possible all the time to get the most out of life. That would be a motivating force. And death was a big part of my life growing up. I went to lots of funerals.”
About her career – “We’re in the world of creating illusions and giving people the ability to dream and to be inspired or moved. So you don’t want people to see the labor behind it. Also I was trained that, as a dancer, no matter how much you’re suffering, your face is relaxed. You have to create that illusion. That’s part of your job.”
About the use of drugs – “Well, no, it’s about how people take drugs to connect to God or to a higher level of consciousness. I keep saying, ‘Plugging into the matrix.’ If you get high, you can do that, which is why a lot of people drop acid or do drugs, because they want to get closer to God. But there’s going to be a short-circuit, and that’s the illusion of drugs, because they give you the illusion of getting closer to God, but ultimately they kill you. They destroy you. I mean, I tried everything once, but as soon as I was high, I spent my time drinking tons of water to get it out of my system. As soon as I was high, I was obsessed with flushing it out of me. I was like, ‘Okay, I’m done now.'”
About failing – “I’m not saying I’m great at failing, but if you’re an artist and you’re into the learning process, you accept that you’re going to suck at things. I ride horses, and after not riding for a while, I always say to my riding instructor, ‘Okay, pretend I’m a beginner. I don’t want to jump. I don’t want to do anything extravagant. I just want to pretend I’m a beginner.’ And I don’t judge myself. If I mess up, I’ve already put it out there that I’m going to suck. My kids get me to do a lot of things that I wouldn’t normally do. I surfed because my son kept bugging me. I ski because my kids kept bugging me. And I say, ‘Well, why not? I’m going to suck at it, so that’s okay.’ I’m good with that… Failure is a challenge. Failure is an invitation.”
About the most important profession ever – “Prostitution, of course.”
Photographed by Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott;
Fashion Editor Arianne Phillips;
Hair Andy Lecompte;
Makeup Lucia Pieroni.
Iconic pop star Madonna, together with singer Katy Perry star in a bondage inspired photo-shoot for the summer issue of V Magazine, which will be out on the stand on Memorial Day, May 26th. Steven Klein captured the two stars in provocative looks – latex, corsets, sensual red lips – styling assured by Arianne Phillips. Boldness and attitude – no wonder that the characters of the shoot are Madonna, and Katy.
Stars: Madonna & Katy Perry;
Photographed by Steven Klein;
Stylist Arianne Phillips.
Greatest pop singer of the world, Madonna, stars in the latest spread of Vogue Uomo May/June 2014 issue. Photographed by Tom Munro, in bossy chic looks alternating from Giorgio Armani (the cover), to Thom Browne and Dolce & Gabbana suit, she talks about the fact that her new music will be used to promote her Art For Freedom Campaign. She is involved since forever in humanitarian projects, such as Malawi and her most recent projects are Secretprojectrevolution – a short film co-directed with Steven Klein, a manifesto against oppression, with autobiographical accents from Madonna’s fight against the stereotypes. A noir choreography, with masochist scenes, shot in a former prison in Buenos Aires, the film shows a Madonna both as a prisoner and torturer. “Sometimes we are the victims of oppression, other times we imprison ourselves“, she says. “The movie is an example of the paradoxical world we live in“- and Art For Freedom – a campaign that encourages people to believe that they can bring a change in the world through art.
This projects fights stereotypes, bigotry and discrimination, and promotes civil rights and the acceptance of diversity. “There are enemies, tyrants, fascists and dictators, people who destroy other people’s lives or take away their freedom: like Putin or the president of Venezuela“, Madonna continues. “In actual fact, the enemy is inside us. Whether we’re aware of it or not, we constantly discriminate against and judge others. So the first thing we have to change is ourselves. All the great leaders said that, like Gandhi, Martin Luther King, John Kennedy and Nelson Mandela“.
“I’m willing to sacrifice all in the name of human rights“, she declares, “apart from my children“.
Photographed by Tom Munro;
Hair Andy LeCompte;
Makeup Gina Brooke;
Stylist Arianne Phillips;
Fashion Editor Rushka Bergman.
Giancarlo Giammetti-for 45 years the power behind Valentino fashion empire, alongside Valentino Garavani and the one that helped him mint multimillions-met Valentino in 1960, the same year “La Dolce vita” hit the big screen.
“I’ve been taking pictures of friends all my life, and it took two years to archive them — there were 57,000! — it was amazing, and Carlos (Souza, the longtime p.r. chief for Valentino) suggested a book. Also, I started doing Instagram, and it’s been successful — and, no, I haven’t improved at all as a photographer”, Giammetti says.
When asked what the book is about Giammetti says: “I talk about my mother, my family and the early days, the moment I met Valentino and how my friends became my family, my tribe — like Carlos and his family and Gwyneth. There’s the retrospective we did at the Ara Pacis in Rome, and the Valentino movie (“The Last Emperor,” 2008) and how society has changed over the past 50 years, the Chateau (de Wideville, Valentino’s home outside Paris) and the red carpet. There are also collages using pages from my diaries. I don’t write much — I do six lines every day.”
“He’s always had his camera with him—often to my annoyance,” says Valentino in the book’s foreword. “Now I realize that thanks to . . . Giancarlo’s persistence, we have the opportunity to enjoy the very special pleasure that only memories can provide.”
Private: Giancarlo Giametti, $250. Available for pre-order on amazon.com.
Photos by Giancarlo Giammetti.
As one of fashion’s true legends, Jean Paul Gaultier has shaped he course of sartorial history for over four decades. As a couturier Gaultier has influenced pop-culture, fashion and cinema with his witty, sexy and imaginative designs. When a designer’s calling card includes images as memorable as Madonna’s cone bras, Leeloo’s bandage catsuit from The 5th Element and the jaw dropping costumes of Almodovar’s Kika, you have the makings of a spectacular retrospective – precisely what JPG fans will find at The Brooklyn Museum‘s exhibit, The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier. Offering an expansive whirlwind tour through the designer’s oeuvre, the exhibit revisits some of his most celebrated collections alongside never before seen items culled from the closets of Gaultier’s high profile admirers. Utilizing an impressive mix of video and collection pieces, the exhibit takes viewers inside the mind of one of the most inventive personalities in the business.
Photos by Betty Sze for models.com
Photographed by Terry Richardson;
Stylis B ÅKerlund.