Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Madonna tour costumes

Madonna's Sticky and Sweet tour kicks off next week in global music epicentre Cardiff. There are plenty of leaked set lists banging around on the internet [1, 2, 3] but I'm not looking... Let's just say I'm hoping she'll give us more Fizzy Pop than Hard Candy.

However, I'm perfectly happy to take a sneaky peak at these stunning costume design sketches, which have been released by Givenchy designer Riccardo Tisci. Note that one of them has a cross on it. The Vatican is presumably on red alert already.

Says Tisci: "I feel incredibly fortunate to have been given the opportunity to offer the world of Givenchy Haute Couture to Madonna the Icon, the Artist, the
Woman for whom I have so much respect and admiration."

Blah, blah, blah.

click on the images to enlarge

Meanwhile, here is a snippet from this week's Now magazine which makes the most fantastic leap of logic in order to justify a further story about Esther's marriage.

The pressure of her troubled relationship is clearly getting to Madonna, who was spotted looking gaunt and frail last week. Her husband Guy Ritchie isn't helping. Just when she's hoping he'd play the low-key obedient husband, he's made the sort of public outburst that clearly shows how much he's come to dislike his wife.

"In an interview last week, Guy, 39, who's busy promoting his latest film RocknRolla, due out in September, blasted: 'Sugar kills. Think of the calories in sugar. Fat kills more people than anything else. Sugar is responsible for a lot of deaths, arguably more than crack cocaine'.

"His outburst had many people scratching their heads, but was he making a veiled attack on his wife? Madonna's latest album and tour, which begins in three weeks time, is called Hard Candy. The connection between sugar and candy hasn't gone unnoticed."

Credit where credit is due, that's an absolutely heroic attempt to wrangle controversy out of air so thin it wouldn't even be fit for the peak of Everest. In particular, I like how Guy's "outburst" "clearly shows how much he's come to dislike" Madonna and yet is so confusing that it leaves people "scratching their heads". Genius.

If you wish to pass your congratulations on to the author, he has helpfully published his email address - and here it is: chris_white@ipcmedia.com

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