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ALL HAIL THE QUEEN.

Even though she has already released two ‘hit compilation’ albums, The Immaculate Collection in 1990, focusing on the first half of her career and GHV2 in 2001 , with tunes from the later years, Madonna is now releasing a definitive Greatest Hits collection and as the above video proves, there’s a bloody lot of them!

Also included on it is her new single Celebration, produced by Paul Oakenfold, it has an old-school Madonna feel to it, which is BRILLIANT, no Timbaland round here. It’s released on 28th September.

Filed under: celebration, greatest hits, Madonna, Madonna celebration

Happy Birthday Madonna!

Today the ‘Queen of Pop’ turns 51! Although her recent musical direction is not exactly my favourite, the genius of her back-catalogue cannot be argued with. Here’s a clip of her performing Like a Prayer from the 1989 Blonde Ambition tour. Happy Birthday!!

Filed under: 90's music, blonde ambition, happy birthday, like a prayer, Madonna

Lourdes is in Vogue

A new fashionista has come to my attention – Miss Lourdes Leon. I have compiled an example of a mere 8 of her brilliant outfits from recent times. In the last 12 months, Lourdes has developed a unique style that makes her look far beyond her 12 years. She certainly knows how to work an accessory and is dressing far better than people double her age. The best part is she doesn’t look like she’s trying at all; she has a naturally cool air – just like Madonna in the 1980’s.

Given that mum is Madonna, there may be some help from personal stylists involved, but Madonna has always been so adamant that her kids wouldn’t be spoilt, and live as normal a life as is possible for them – therefore I’d like to think that the styling is all Lourdes’ own work. In actual fact, there is evidence that it is all her own work as Lourdes came into Topshop for an appointment with the Style Advisors and chose everything herself.


Perhaps she inherited the gene from her mother, as Madonna wasn’t bad at creating a unique look for herself back in the day. Now that Madonna tends to favour a tracksuit/English lady look – which let’s face it isn’t very interesting or cutting edge, it’s only fitting that she passes the fashion mantle onto her daughter.

It’s not going to be easy for Lourdes – when you are inevitably going to be compared to Madonna for the rest of your life. Whatever she chooses to do, the world will be watching and it will be important for her to establish her own personality. It doesn’t look like she should be worried though, she’s off to an early start as she’s not even a teenager but is carving a niche for herself and showing personality and flair. She’ll be a very interesting character to watch. Although she has enrolled in an acting school, indicating she would like a career in the movies, I would like to see her become a fashion designer, like Paul’s daughter did.

Also, word on the grapevine is that Lourdes will be making her on-screen debut in Madonna’s new video for her upcoming single ‘Celebration’. Exciting.

Filed under: fashion, Lourdes Leon, lourdes leon style, Madonna, Madonna celebration, Madonna's daughter

Celine Dion Loves Dressing Up

This is wrong on too many levels…..
Who’s Bad Celine? Errmmm…… We’ll keep it rhetorical. I think it’s for the best…
Not content with doing a freaky Michael Jackson impression. Celine has also tackled a Madonna impression in her time:
Tres random.

Filed under: 1980's, Celine Dion, impression, Madonna, Michael Jackson, music

The Costume Institute Gala 2009 – or was it 1989??

Fashion works in cycles. Designers are frequently ‘inspired’ by the past and take trends of years gone by and work them into their current collection. The old ’20-year rule’ (what was en vogue twenty years ago will be on trend today) seems to be a popular, and in this case, an accurate theory. A glance at the S/S 09 and A/W 09 catwalks told us that there is one major era that designers are channeling – the 80’s!!!

So it was not surprising that at the ‘Oscars of the Fashion World’, the Metropolitan Museum of Arts Costume Institute Gala, it was hard to tell which decade this Gala was actually taking place in. Many celebs chose to honour host Marc Jacobs, Victoria Beckham, Kate Moss and Madonna were amongst those wearing his creations. Now let’s just talk about Madonna for a moment….. IS THIS A JOKE??!!

(l-r: Marc Jacobs, Kate Moss, Madonna)


Not many people can get away with wearing a look exactly as it appears on the catwalk, not even you Madonna and this Louis Vuitton outfit is harder than most to wear. Someone thirty years younger would even have trouble carrying off such an outfit…unless they were a hooker. She brought her young lover Jesus, in their first public date. Is she only seeing him so they can be ‘Madonna and Jesus?’ I think so.

The whispers about Kate single handedly spearheading the turban trend, in a wonderful Stephen Jones creation, proved to be correct and in my opinion she pulls it off.

Here is a small montage of some of the fantabulous gowns on display on the night, although you’d be forgiven for thinking Anna Wintour was throwing a ‘Wedding Singer’ themed extravaganza:

(l-r: Leighton Meester, Anne Hathaway, Claudia Schiffer, Twiggy, Agyness Deyn)

Personally, I have always been a fan of the 80’s, there is many a sequined jumper and shoulder pad in my wardrobe and I do like the way that all these women (except the aforementioned Madge) look, Leighton Meester particularly took a style risk and I think it worked.

The ladies below played it a little safer, Anna always does pull out the stops for her Gala, for a lady with such a strict – some would say uniform – fashion style, it’s nice to see her venture out of the comfort zone, here in a beautiful monochrome Chanel dress.
Posh was actually quite boring compared to the other dresses on display and the fact that she was about 17 shades of orange darker than anyone else there didn’t help her case.

(l-r:Mary-Kate Olsen, Victoria Beckham, Anna Wintour, Ashley Olsen)

(l-r: Karen Olsen, Jack White, Rihanna)

Tuxedo’s were not confined only to men at the Costume Institute Gala but Jack White did bring some rock star chic to events while accompanying model wife Karen Elson. Let’s take a moment to mention Rihanna, who wore the bravest outfit and looked amazing. It’s her first public appearance since her domestic violence issue and she definitely returned to public life with a bang. Rihanna has been on the fashion radar for a while, she has the right attitude to carry off really edgy looks. She makes Beyonce jealous.

So this years Gala did not dissapoint. Risks were taken, some with success, others, not so much but even those who didn’t get it right proved far more entertainment than the usual parade of black dresses that we see at big ceremonies.

Filed under: Agyness Deyn, Anna Wintour, Anne Hathaway, Ashley Olsen, Costume Institue Gala 2009, fashion, Jack White, Karen Elson, Kate Moss, Leighton Meester, Madonna, Marc Jacobs, Mary Kate, Met Ball, Rihanna

It’s a long way from a demonic housing estate…

…but well worth the excursion kids.
Renowned music video director Chris Cunningham seems to have hung up his terrifying Aphex Twin masks and joined the new age of fashion films with this exquisite spot for Gucci…

No doubt Madge – whose own face is looking more and more like a gruesome latex mask – will try and nab him once again for her next video…

Filed under: Chris Cunningham, Commercial, fashion, Fashion Film, Flora, Gucci, Madonna, music

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