Monday, 6 February 2012

Madge x The Superbowl x Givenchy Haute Couture

So the theme was obviously 'dress to impress' at last night's Superbowl half time show, as the Queen of Reinvention (aka Madonna, obv) showed Lady Copy + Paste (Gaga, obv) how it's done.
Never before have so many people tuned into a game of American football, which to be fair, apart from the hunks of beef in tight trousers, is quite dull to watch. So after what seemed hours of that man on the BBC in his horrible brown jumper and check shirt combo filling the US advertising space with waffle (we would rather watch the ads thank you), the world fell silent as the lights went down, the camera phones in the stadium came out, and Maw-Maw hit the stage. In head-to-toe Givenchy Haute Couture!!

Her black-and-gold costume affair, designed by Riccardo Tisci, dressed the 12-minute set which included some of her greatest hits including "Vogue" (where the stage floor flashed Vogue covers like a disco dancefloor), "Music", "Express Yourself" and brand new single "Give me all your luvin'" - performed in public for the first time, along with her new BFF's, M.I.A. and Nicki Minaj, both wearing Erickson Beamon headpieces for the glitzy spectacle.
The costume designs channelled Tisci's work for Givenchy, incorporating signature references such as bold leopard print, three-dimensional embellishments, graphic placements and evocative cuts.

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From the opener, where Madge appeared in a gold headdress and long glittering gold cape, to the black thigh-high boots and black mini dress teamed with a hand-studded belt and sequined embellished black robe - and the pleated miniskirt, bejewelled undergarments and gold pom-poms she rocked later, there was no shortage of high fashion, with her bling provided by Bulgari.

Tisci said of his work for the MadgeBowl: “Following my collaboration with Madonna on her last tour three years ago, it is a great honor for me to be a part of yet another historical and iconic moment. People say everything has a limit, but limits do not exist with Madonna. I am so happy that, after being busy in other scenes, she decided to go back on a music stage. Not only to bring us Music, but also to make such a statement of Performance and Fashion.”

Full deets of the costumes below...

  • Gold cape all over hand-embroidered with gold metal cut out pieces, studs, crystals, sequins and paillettes,lined in leopard-print chiffon.
  • Black mini dress in silk cady, worn with leopard print short cape in silk charmeuse hand-embroidered withgold metal cut out pieces, studs, crystals, sequins and paillettes and a black python hand-studded and hand-embroidered belt with its removable matching flaps.
  • Black coat in silk cady hand-embroidered with shiny black rectangular sequins and micro pearls.
  • Gold metal hat hand-embroidered with crystals.
  • All worn with hand embroidered nappa leather gloves.

Thanks to US designer Prabal Gurung's Twitter feed last night/this morning, we also found out that Madge's beautifully intricate headpiece was made by Irish milliner Philip Treacy. Goooooooooooooooo Philip! (that was my cheerleading impression).
To those tweeters who couldn't help themselves from slating Madonna for lip-synching during last night's show, I say this: Her hair isn't really that blonde or wavy, her cheeks are probably stuffed with ex-toyboys, and underneath the hundreds of melted Sindy dolls used to make her skin, her skin doesn't really look like that either. So who gives an eff if she lip synched for her life (and actually messed that up a little). She also nearly fell off the stage at one point too. BUT GOOD GOD, she gives good *stage face* and if I can look as faux but bloody hot as she does when I'm 53, then my stunt queen work here is done.

And finally, for everyone who said 'Phew, at least there were no crotch shots last night'. I give you this! .....
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