The last seasons saw Lara Stone dominate the leading ad campaigns. After replacing Madonna at Louis Vuitton, Stone went on to replace Sasha Pivovarova at both Prada and Armani. But it looks liker her campaign zeal is slowing down. This week, word broke that Natalia Vodianova and Christy Turlington are set to repace the Dutch model.
Taking none of the credit for her Macy's line, Madonnainsists that daughter Lourdes is behind the collection, despite her lack of promotion surrounding it. Whilst Lourdes seemingly does more of the designing than Madonna herself, the Material Girl is keen to keep her away from spotlight at such a young age, and knows the importance of schooling for her daughter - so we won't be seeing little Lola discussing the line any time soon.
"That is why I am here talking about the line and she is not. Eventually I will let her. I feel like she needs to get into high school and focus on her studies, her lessons," she continued, "I don't want her to be distracted. She will eventually be able to talk about it. I am going to be happy when she does because she can speak much more clearly in and in a more informed way than I can about a line she is ultimately designing. I just stand in the background and go, 'That's cool. That's not cool'." Madonna even insisted that if it weren't for her talented daughter, she wouldn't be doing the line. "If Lola wasn't so completely involved in the line, designing, consulting, whatever you want to call it, I wouldn't do it. Really she does most of the work, honestly." We believe you Madonna, we do.
Having been newly acquired by publishing giant Condé Nast, speculations were rife with the possibilities of who was to become the editor of W magazine. After WWD listing some possible candidates (some - Carine Roitfeld - more surprising than others), it was T Magazine's Stefano Tonchi that found himself sat firmly as favourite to take the place, and the rumours were right, as Condé Nast announced Tonchi as W's new editor yesterday.
Expected to start on the 12th of April, Tonchi has been fairly vague with his plans for the magazine, although he describes them as being "very open", and is quick to add that would like to make the magazine more accessible, as currently he feels it is "very specific". Although some of the magazines most famous features involved fashion spreads such as the sizzling shoot between Madonna and lover-to-be Jesus Luz, Tonchi aims to make W "more of a general-interest style magazine, and less of a fashion-obsessed publication."
Beginning as a spin-off of WWD, it will be interesting to see how the staff at W change since the move as the connection between the two are cut, and since ad pages in the publication were almost halved between 2008 and 2009, we hope that the changes Tonchi has planned will bring back W to its former glory.
After starring in their latest ad campaign, it has been revealed that Madonna is to morph from Dolce and Gabbana model to contributing designer. The collaboration is to be the design duo's first co-branded venture, with the singer designing a collection of sunglasses for the Italian house, bearing the letter M on the arm. "We're so excited," Stefano Gabbana told WWD. "This further strengthens our relationship with Madonna, and it was a very constructive experience for us. She is very exacting and a professional who seeks perfection in everything she does, and this was no exception."
Madonna already stars in this season's Dolce and Gabbana campaign, as well as the advert for the new sunglasses line for the company, which is said to have been inspired by 'film noir' and is due to launch this May to coincide with the release of her collaboration. Both ranges will be available in Dolce and Gabbana stores worldwide and at the Sunglass Hut, with Madonna's line priced from $180 to $210. Is there anything Madonna can't do?
It's official: Victoria Beckham has Hollywood converted. In recent weeks we've seen everyone from Elle Macpherson to Madonna to Leighton Meester wearing pieces from her collection, and it looks like Drew Barrymore is following suit.
Victoria and Drew have both been spotted in this purple strapless dress from the collection.
When Madonna collaborated with H&M to design a high-street capsule for the chain, we wondered if that was the last we'd see of Madonna the designer. According to WWD, the material girl is soon set to release a clothing line for Macy's that will be developed with the help of Iconix. The licensees (Iconix) currently boast a portfolio that includes Rocawear, Candie's and Badgely Mischka, amongst others, and can consider the licensing of Madonna's apparel line, rumoured to be named Material Girl, as a real coup - provided the line actually goes into production.
Not long ago, we reported that designers were having to shell out megabucks for celebrities to attend their fashion shows and sit front-row. It seems Marc Jacobs' business partner Robert Duffy has the opposite idea and has reportedly decided not to have celebrities attend the label's forthcoming show simply for publicity. Duffy said: "I'm not into the celebrity thing or anything, like we used to do. You know, it's like, that's boring. People used to want to come to our shows because of that, and we've sort of cut that out the last two seasons just because it was boring...All I ever saw in the press was who was there. So we sort of stopped that and just got back to showing a fashion show, and if people want to come, great."
Although the likes of Lady Gaga and Madonna have defied the brand's new 'no-celebrity' look by rocking up to the show last season, Duffy is not too fussed. He simply wants the fuss to go back onto the clothes as opposed to the celebrity backstage. His focus at the moment is the upcoming show.
Although he didn't really give much away, he did whet our appetites by saying: "This is the earliest we've ever had a concept and the only reason is because I twittered that we didn't have a concept. Marc was like, well, I don't want everyone to think that we really don't have a concept. And I was like, well, we don't. And then Marc and I sat down and we got one, and this is the earliest we've ever had a concept." Concept or not, we still love Marc Jacobs. And we're sure plenty of celebrities do, too.
Even though Madonna is no longer the face of Louis Vuitton, it seems her Fall 2009 campaign pics are still very much of interest. The Queen of Pop, who is known as much for her music as she is for her taut abs and (scarily) toned arms, appears to have become the latest victim of the dreaded Photoshop retouching debate. Although the true source of the leaked images is still unknown, speculation has mounted concerning the authenticity of the final image, which became the subject of LV's ad campaign.
Sassybella questions the reality of the 'before' images, though professional retouchers have informed The Cut that the 'before' shot looks real. We too are struggling to come to a definitive conclusion, but given that Madonna's trademark sculpted biceps are very much on display in the 'before' image, we're starting to warm to the idea that it might actually be the original unretouched image. True or false? You decide.
It's just less than two months to go until the Jean Paul Gaultier for Target collection hits 250 stores across the US. This latest installment from the affordable chain's GO International initiative comes from the titan himself, whose provocative and directional designs have won him scores of fans including pop veterans such as Madonna and Kylie, for whom he has designed costumes. As creative director of luxury equestrian brand Hermes, as well as juggling his own eponymous fashion house, it's a wonder that he found time to design this range - though we're not complaining!
The collection offers classics such as the trench coat ($59.99), leather jackets ($199), and ginghams mixed with floral and aztec prints, nautical stripes and a somewhat extensive swimwear selection. What the collection lacks in fluidity, it makes up for in variety. Prices range from $17.99 for swimwear separates to $199 for the leather jackets. And with price points and a selection to suit all tastes and budgets, avoid disappointment by checking out the participating outlets or Target.com from the 7th March, when the line hits stores.