Scans : Madonna in Cosmopolitan
May 2015 Issue
May 2015 Issue
How do you dress Madonna—that inveterate fashion changeling, that master of reinvention, that brightly burning star now on her third decade of pop icon-hood—for her next move? How about her next video, in which she busts many a move? In the case of B. Akerlund, who styled the Queen of Pop for her video for “Ghosttown,” premiering tomorrow from her March release Rebel Heart—which features such tracks as “Bitch I’m Madonna” (as if you needed reminding)—you take the runways’ military-cum-bandleader-meets-Victoriana trend and you run long. Really long.
“The silhouette and feel is real rock ‘n’ roll,” says Akerlund of the Chrome Hearts leather greatcoat replete with billowing train. (And top hat. And cane.) “It’s always inspiring to work on a special project with an artist as creative as Madonna,” said Laurie Lynn Stark, co-owner of Chrome Hearts, the line also behind the painstakingly crafted topper. As for Her Madgesty? “It was magical,” the musician said via email, “it perfectly represented the vibe that we wanted to bring to the video.” And there you have it. When in doubt: Go for drama.
Full video and exclusive behind the scenes from “Ghosttown” coming tomorrow on Youtube
In 22 hours: Be here at 10am PST tomorrow for the world premiere of Madonna’s Ghosttown video! #meerkat http://mrk.tv/1xXNgOt
Madonna via Twitter
On longevity in her career: “Popularity comes and goes. You need to know who you are, what you stand for, and why you’re here.”
On sexuality and ageism: “Don’t be fooled, not much has changed – certainly not for women. We still live in a very sexist society that wants to limit people. Since I started, I’ve had people giving me a hard time because they didn’t think you could be sexual or have sexuality or sensuality in your work and be intelligent at the same time. For me, the fight has never ended.”
On collaborating with Kanye West on her album Rebel Heart: “It’s a little bit of a bullfight, but we take turns. He knows that he’s walking into a room with a person with a strong point of view, and I do too. I listen to what he has to say, take it in, and he listens to what I say and takes it in. We didn’t agree on everything, but he has good ideas.”
On internet haters: “You can hide behind your computer or your phone and say whatever you want – you’re not known. Could you say it to my face? Would you say it to my face? I doubt it.”
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