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http://www.vogue.com/13374974/madonna-rebel-heart-tour-costumes-lilly-e-violetta/ Here’s How Madonna Does a Statement Scarf If scarves are generally the stuff of pure cold-weather pragmatism, leave it to Madonna to up the ante. Case in point: the icon’s scene-stealing fur showpiece, a custom, gothic confection from the London-based Italian furrier Lilly e Violetta. Kicking off her Rebel Heart Tour’s two-night stand at The O2 Arena yesterday, Madge emerged with her singular flair from a cage sporting the dramatic black number, bearing two blood-red crosses and sweeping fringe. The studio changed the specific shade of ecclesiastical-looking crimson not once, but twice, before achieving the perfect hue. On the opposite end of the spectrum is the snowy white Lilly e Violetta stole Madonna wears in the stage show’s “Intro / Iconic” video and tour book (lensed by Steven Klein). Studded with thousands of Swarovski crystals, it was the result of two weeks’ labor by a five-person team, nodding to the fur the singer donned at the 1991 Academy Awards. Both designs were dreamed up in close collaboration with Madonna’s go-to stylist, the Oscar-nominated Arianne Phillips. It’s not the brand’s first brush with showbiz—Emma Roberts’s well-heeled HBIC on Scream Queens sported a mini mink from the line—and it surely won’t be its last. According to the Lilly e Violetta studio team, the scarves are about creating desire. “The Rebel Heart Tour is about love and romance and how different people go through it,” they told Vogue.com via email. “Both scarves, we believe, are a sensual addition to Madonna’s outfit that add sophistication and femininity to her look, while empowering her status via religious and sexual innuendo.” Can we get an amen? ------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Madonna Is Actually a Lot More Like Picasso Than You Think http://www.vogue.com/13288490/madonna-picasso-amy-schumer/ Anyone who has ever gone to a Madonna concert knows the woman has stamina. And at 56 years old, Madge has no plans of slowing down. In a recent interview with the Associated Press, Madonna said that she wants to continue working into her golden years. “I like to compare myself to other kinds of artists like Picasso. He kept painting and painting until the day he died.” Madonna continued: “I don’t think there’s a time, a date, an expiration date for being creative. I think you go until you don’t have anymore to say.” If anyone can serve as proof that an expiration date is meaningless, it’s Madonna. Her career took off in 1983, when she was only 25, and her pop songs and fishnet stockings quickly became a staple of the eighties. She continued to reinvent herself decade after decade, outlasting all her contemporaries. So, she might be on to something when comparing herself to Picasso. Madonna’s trajectory, much like the Spanish artist’s, is divided into clear, defining eras: Picasso had his Rose and Blue Periods; Madonna had her Blond Ambition phase and sexually charged Erotica era. Picasso revived his painting with Cubism; Madonna found Kabbalah and reinvented her sound with “Ray of Light.” There are even similarities in their personal lives. Picasso was a notorious womanizer with a weakness for younger women, while Madonna has made no secret of herfondness for 20-something men. Surrounding herself with young, talented people is another way that Madonna has managed to stay relevant. In 2003, she made VMA history when she locked lips with Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera during a medley performance of “Hollywood” and “Like A Virgin.” For her 2008 album, Hard Candy, she collaborated with Justin Timberlake and Pharrell. Last year, she popped up for a surprise duet on Miley Cyrus’s MTV Unplugged special. This June, she released a new video for her song “Bitch I’m Madonna,” which rounded up an impressive cast of cameos including Beyoncé, Katy Perry, Nicki Minaj, Chris Rock, andKanye West. And with age, comes an even savvier strategy: Madonna has now conscripted this summer’s most popular star, Amy Schumer, to be the opening act during her Rebel Heart tour. Really, if Taylor Swift learned the art of assembling a squad from anyone, it was from Madge.
Performance of Jennifer Loper of her single Booty. Not a BIG deal but come on, the start of the song (at 30 sec) = VOGUE the high sound, the snap!! come on!!! I try not to find Madonna everywhere but I can't!!! haha http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x2ax1ha_jennifer-lopez-iggy-azalea-booty-american-music-awards-2014_music