Madonna in Antonio Berardi on “MDNA”

Posted on February 08, 2012

Darlings, it’s Fashion Week, and while posting will continue on a regular basis with (we hope) no interruption of T Lo service, TV recaps are going to be posted when we can get to them, which means no Glee recap just yet. Dry your eyes, little kittens. We’ll have it up soon, depending upon how you define “soon.”

But we’ve made it up to you! See? We have Madonna, showing us new and inventive ways to make our skin look taut and smooth! This time, it’s through the use of really thick, textured glass. Try this little anti-aging tip from Madge some time. It works wonders.

Madonna reveals the artwork for her “MDNA” album. She’s wearing a dress from the Antonio Berardi Spring 2012 collection.

Antonio Berardi Spring 2012 Collection

 

Aw, we joke because we love. Actually, they’re great pictures and that’s a great dress.

We love you again, Miss Lady. But you’ll probably piss us off again before it’s all over.

 

 

[Photo Credit: elle.com, madonna.com]

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EDI2DLE7DE3YPW2ONIHBWOVHMA ecallaw

    Nothing I can really add, these pictures look great. Love the dress paired with the green shoes on the model.

  • http://profiles.google.com/denise.alden Denise Alden

    But even really thick, textured glass still can’t help those hands:  again with the gloves!  And she looks photoshopped to hell and back.

    • Anonymous

       I bet her hands would have looked fine; I think she’s trying to make the gloves a consistent “thing” so it will look less like a I’m Covering My Hands and more like a style/signature choice. (I’m not saying it’ll WORK, just that it seems like that’s what she’s doing.)

  • Alisa Rivera

    I can’t imagine a more unflattering place for that shiny panel. It seems deliberately designed to give you  a pooch. Even the model looks like she has a bit of a tummy in that thing. What kind of sadist is the designer?

    • Anonymous

      It’s got to be one of those conceptual / runway-only dresses because sitting down in it doesn’t look possible.  Pretty fab on the runway though, esp with those teal shoes.

  • Anonymous

    Madonna makes my head hurt.  There.  I said it.

  • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

    Well, gal ain’t gonna let us see them paws no more, since that’s the one place on her body she can’t do anything about.   But its a great dress, no question.

    • Anonymous

      Why did she cover the paws all tight then let the boobies droop?

    • Anonymous

      Just like Karl Lagerfeld with the gloves…

  • Anonymous

    “Not so fast O’Brien. Try these they’ve always brought me luck.”  
    Elizabeth Taylor for White Diamonds tm.

    • BerlinerNYC

       Yes! I keep thinking of the SNL where Sally Field played Liz in a White Diamonds parody.

      http://snl.jt.org/caps/impressions/Sally%20Field-Elizabeth%20Taylor.jpg

      Von Rye: [ stunned ] Elizabeth Taylor! It’s you!

      Elizabeth Taylor: [ out of focus ] It’s been a long time.

      Von Rye: I can’t believe it. You haven’t changed in twenty years!

      Elizabeth Taylor: [ out of focus ] You flatter me!

      Von Rye: You’re a vision! Those clear, violet eyes.. those cheekbones.. My God, but you’re lovely!

      Elizabeth Taylor: [ out of focus ] These.. have always brought me luck! [ holds up a diamond earring ]

      Von Rye: It’s flawless.

      Elizabeth Taylor: [ out of focus ] Yes. Three carats.

      Von Rye: No. I meant your skin. Are you some kind of sorceress? Have you discovered some new fountain of youth?!

      Elizabeth Taylor: [ out of focus, laughs ]

    • BerlinerNYC

       Yes! I keep thinking of the SNL where Sally Field played Liz in a White Diamonds parody.

      http://snl.jt.org/caps/impressions/Sally%20Field-Elizabeth%20Taylor.jpg

      Von Rye: [ stunned ] Elizabeth Taylor! It’s you!

      Elizabeth Taylor: [ out of focus ] It’s been a long time.

      Von Rye: I can’t believe it. You haven’t changed in twenty years!

      Elizabeth Taylor: [ out of focus ] You flatter me!

      Von Rye: You’re a vision! Those clear, violet eyes.. those cheekbones.. My God, but you’re lovely!

      Elizabeth Taylor: [ out of focus ] These.. have always brought me luck! [ holds up a diamond earring ]

      Von Rye: It’s flawless.

      Elizabeth Taylor: [ out of focus ] Yes. Three carats.

      Von Rye: No. I meant your skin. Are you some kind of sorceress? Have you discovered some new fountain of youth?!

      Elizabeth Taylor: [ out of focus, laughs ]

  • http://twitter.com/Unityo30 Unity O

    Sorry, but this seems to me to be the definition of trying to hard. 

    • Terence Ng

      Explain further, please. To me, the photo looks like a PS’d image of her wearing a dress that would probably fit her body anyway, standing behind a piece of textured glass, bereft of any additional details, in a pretty simple pose. She’s not contorted or draped over tons of people or wearing or standing in or around anything visually complicated. Where is the “trying too hard”? If anything, it looks like it probably took her 10 minutes at most. “Trying too hard” might be her Hard Candy cover or even her Confessions on a Dance Floor cover. But this?

      • http://twitter.com/Unityo30 Unity O

        To me, she seems to be trying to hard to capture her earlier days.  Do not get me wrong, I actually like her & her music.  It just seems to me that this is a throw back to earlier days & she cannot seem to move forward. 

        • Terence Ng

          I would definitely say that about her new single, which I guiltily love despite myself, but the cover seems pretty much standard. I don’t think it’s a throwback to anything…though the color scheme does seem reminiscent of Confessions.

  • https://profiles.google.com/104791269167429064986 Judy S

    I think it’s the dress that looks better behind textured glass.  On the model it wrinkles and folds in odd ways.

  • Anonymous

    Love the dress.  Nice pics (although they bear no resemblance to what she actually looks like).   

    • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

       Well, she doesn’t bear any resemblance to what she really looks like, either.  Very very shortly, her obsession with looking young is going to turn tragic.  She needs to dial it back.

      • Anonymous

        I agree. While watching her halftime performance I realized that she is on the verge of not looking anything at all like herself. She’s achieved Cherdom, and is on the verge of Joan Riversdom. I will always love her, but I’m getting worried.

  • Anonymous

    This trend of plastic, neoprene, – whatever – on clothing has gone on long enough, imo.   Time to put it away, please.

  • MilaXX

    It looks like her uterus is armor plated.

  • Stefanos Mantyla

    So what’s happening? Is Madge trying to be “relevant” again?

    • Terence Ng

      No. I think the fact that her last tour broke the industry record for a solo female artist kept her pretty relevant. With over 3.5 million people willing to make you $282 million dollars on your positively reviewed tour alone on an album you basically phoned in, I’d say you don’t have to “try” to be relevant. It’s a good indication that to the music industry and pop culture, you “are” relevant.

  • Anonymous

    my recent theory that the gloves appear to be surgically attached seems to be bearing out…..

  • Anonymous

    Good god, people, enough with the “Photoshopped!” remarks. It’s a gorgeous photo and she’s standing behind something that’s MEANT to distort her.

    I need coffee.

    • Anonymous

      Oh, calm down.  ONE person made such a remark.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1177755257 Lisa Weaver

        Maybe I’m wrong, but I think AuntieAnonny is commenting on the propensity to drag out the “Photoshopped!” remarks that are in EVERY comment section. It’s kind of lazy, kind of “see how aware I am – you can’t fool me”.

        • Anonymous

          It’s also a little offensive, as a photographer, to see people so easily and ignorantly discredit your work. With the right lighting you can accomplish anything and never have to use anything other than the crop function.

          These photos seem to have been taken with a beauty dish (camera right) to give the skin a smooth feel.

          • BerlinerNYC

            Exactly. The problem is that thanks to Photoshop, people on both sides of the equation seem to have forgotten this. We have seen so many magazine pictures with such ridiculous distortions that one has to assume that rather than engage the services of a highly qualified photographer, they got some hack to snap some shots and let some whiz-kid photo editor just “fix it all in post,” leading to the Photoshop of Horrors effects we’ve all grown accustomed to. As readers have gotten more savvy about this, they’ve also become suspicious to the point of Photoshop paranoia. Photoshop wasn’t around 25 years ago, but plenty of stunning photos were produced thanks to the combined efforts of hair and makeup experts, lighting and filters, talented photographers, and some light retouching to make things cover-perfect. It galls me that people forgot this (or it’s just the children who have no concept of photographic talent in a pre-Photoshop world).

          • Anonymous

            Before Photoshop, there was air-brushing…  It’s human nature to be self-conscious of such public images.

          • BerlinerNYC

            Um, yes. Like I just said. Retouching. Always there, since the dawn of photography (think of those altered Civil War photographs by Mathew Brady). My point was that there is now (for the past 5 years or so) a pervasive and hubristic sense of “gotcha” regarding pretty much any image printed anywhere, where EVERYTHING is allegedly concocted entirely in Photoshop, even though any photographer worth her salt could explain to you exactly how such effects can be achieved with pre-Photoshop materials and techniques. (I’m not talking about the missing limbs, bizarrely sculpted bodylines, etc.; that’s another issue.) There’s a kind of smugness in seeing through the illusion factory that ends up deadening people’s senses to actual photographic artistry, and I find that unfortunate.
            Same goes for non-experts who have declared themselves to have an expert’s eye for cosmetic surgery, calling out Madonna (and many others) for all of their “surgeries,” when I think it’s been fairly well established that Madonna’s facial work is mostly/entirely the result of injectables. There was a cover story in New York magazine around 2007 on precisely this issue, “The New New Face,” juxtaposing Madonna as the eponymous new new face with Meg Ryan as the sadly unrecognizable old new face. The techniques were explained in detail. It bugs me when people express big opinions about topics surgical and/or aesthetic, plastic surgery or Photoshop, without bothering to do some basic research to know what they’re talking about.

          • http://www.tomandlorenzo.com/ Tom and Lorenzo

             ”There’s a kind of smugness in seeing through the illusion factory that
            ends up deadening people’s senses to actual photographic artistry, and I
            find that unfortunate.”

            Well said.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1253053236 Belle Burnett

    Where do I get this glass, and who’s gonna carry it around all day for me?!

  • Anonymous

    When IS  Madonna going to piss everyone off again? She’s been so moderate lately. MADONNA, IF YOU ARE READING THIS GO SEDUCE BRAD PITT OR KATIE HOLMES –do something for crying out loud, you’re MADONNA! Oh, yes, the pictures are nice.

    • Anonymous

      She’s  had old history buffs’ panties in a tight little twist with the W/E movie, if that’s any help.

      • Anonymous

        it’s a start LOL!

  • Anonymous

    I really want to love these pictures, but right now they’re giving me a migraine.  Hopefully after a few more cups of coffee I’ll be able to look at them without pain.

  • Anonymous

    Even with the glass, she’s looking Jocelyn Wildenstein-esque.

    • Anonymous

      Oy. You’re right.

    • Anonymous

      Oh come on GT; nobody looks that bad (other than Jocelyn herself and horribly disfigured burn victims.)

  • Terence Ng

    We all know she doesn’t look like that, but the photos are pretty killer. Love the visuals here.

  • Anonymous

    Paneled glass is probably the only way to go with this horrifyingly unflattering dress.

  • butter nut

    she’s always been a superlative model. luv ha!

  • Anonymous

    Cool dress & shoes.

  • Anonymous

    fab

  • Brad and Anne White

    Take the gloves off. You are standing behind rippled glass for heavens sake.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jessica-TallGirl-Freeman/1043623567 Jessica TallGirl Freeman

      My sentiment exactly. Only Michael could get away with the whole glove thing.  No one wants fingerless gloves to be trending again!

      • Anonymous

        It’s my perception that she gets a look or trend for the latest project and rides it into the ground. Remember the frequent cowboy hat around Music? The short curly “Breathless” hair all through the Dick Tracy/Vogue period? The entire “Seeking Susan” look (before, during after) that she occasionally still pulls out — remember she wore gloves then too!!!! There are many other examples. So I think the glovelets are part of her “‘MDMA’ Look” and she will be wearing them for much of this year.

  • Anonymous

    I have that exact glass in a few of my kitchen cabinets. Maybe when I have people over, I’ll just open up a cupboard and stand behind it while I visit, confessional style.

    The dress is pretty cool. The underbelly is a soft, vulnerable area and could use some plating.

    I like the cover. You can tell it is her but it still makes you look closely.

  • http://twitter.com/TheRealSandraOh Sandra Oh

    Don’t understand why they just didn’t Photoshop the entire pic.  Looks like Robotic MDNA more then the real thing.  She just needs to embrace her old age instead of trying to be Demi Moore.  Sad sad sad.  And her song is annoying.  

  • CQAussie

    Sometimes I forget how much Madonna can give good face.  She’s working it here like it’s her job!  Oh wait….hehe

  • Anonymous

    I wonder if her car license place says “MDNA.”

    You know, she is one of the celebrities whom I never, ever recognize because she always looks totally different from the last time I saw her. If there hadn’t been a caption, I wouldn’t have recognized her (even besides the distorted picture). 

  • Anonymous

    i also love this.  very creative use of textured glass, great colors and great pictures overall

  • Anonymous

    I love that she’s still wearing the gloves, even though she’s behind that wavy glass.
    I still love her, even though she missed a great opportunity to show us all how to simultaneously age gracefully and kick ass. 

    • Anonymous

      I agree 100%! I have gotten grief for “bashing” Madge, but all I am saying is that she is trying to hard to stay young and relevant in her looks and performing, not her music. For God sake woman up and show us how to age gracefully and awesomely, I would respect her more.

  • http://vhanna26.typepad.com Vera

    Killer dress.

  • http://twitter.com/anacedillo Ana Cedillo

    hahaha i thought the same thing at first, what a smart way to keep disguising her age!but these are lovely pictures, and they are very creative actually i love the hues

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OYMPLGS7S7467GQMKEWJDJ3N4A Deb

    Oh look – they’ve finally developed an artifical uterus to be worn on the outside of the body! Much more convenient for all those size 0 stars.

  • Anonymous

    Killer shoes in the model!!!! 

  • Anonymous

    I love this cover–it’s very eye-catching.  

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1629311043 Marjean Fieldhouse

    roast the face and the outfit all you want but seriously guys ripping into her for the fact that she has a body part that actually shows her age and can’t be altered by exercise or plastic surgery? OMG her ACTUAL hands are imperfect!  It’s like ripping on the actresses who wear 6 inch heels and then GASP have veins showing in their feet after standing for red carpet shots….how dare they have a circulatory system AND wear the shoes deemed fashionable.  

    Madge is over 50 and trying to find a fashionable way to protect people from the sight of her wrinkled monkey paws……so fashionistas, what would you recommend she do?

    • Anonymous

      I don’t think she’s being criticized for the natural condition of her hands; I think that some folks don’t like the bicycle gloves, or that she’s trying to look a lot younger than she is.  Speaking just for myself, I’m disappointed that Madge isn’t leading the charge to allow women to look their age.  It’s not like she needs the plastic surgery to earn a paycheck, she must be extraordinarily wealthy and could afford to age with Helen-Mirren or Meryl Streep grace.  But clearly she doesn’t want to.

    • Anonymous

      I have no problem with her hands. I just think the gloves are silly and unattractive, and it is entirely in her power to choose not to wear them.

  • Anonymous

    What’s happened? I’m loving Madonna again!

  • Anonymous

    I looooove those green Antonio Berardi shoes. I fear not the ankle strap. My legs are long and my ankle-to-calf ratio is such that I look like a Tex Avery cartoon. Want want want. Madonna looks like a Bvlgari ad.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t understand the purpose of that zippered panel being there? Is it there for ease of abdominal surgery? I can’t see any other reason to put it in such an odd place?

  • Anonymous

    Crap Project Runway dress that she makes look great by being Madonna and hiring some good folks to chop the hell out of it in virtual land and bring on the fabu.  I dared to say I was tired of Ms. Streep and am now going to double down and say I’m tired of Madge.  Loved her back in the day … Cansada cansada cansada.

  • Anonymous

    Isn’t a chastity belt supposed to be under the dress?

  • http://ultimatevariety.blogspot.com/ Thombeau

    I love these photos, but they could just as well be of Amanda Lepore.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3JSTXMWWVZN2QNP2UEKJMTWD7U Isabel

    TLo – Have fun in NYC. Tell Laura “Hi” for me. Let me know which restaurants are your favorites!

  • Anonymous

    I do not understand the berating of this woman by the people on this site.  For God’s sake the woman is fifty-three-fucking years old – what is she supposed to look like???  Yes, she’s had work done in order to meet the unrealistic expectations of the ever critical public.  But the hands – that’s what people pick on – really??  Seriously??  I’m 50 – I wish I looked that good.  God people – go look in a fucking mirror and then see how much you really want to criticize.

    • Sara__B

      TheOriginalLulu said it better than I could: “I still love her, even though she missed a great opportunity to show us
      all how to simultaneously age gracefully and kick ass.” Madonna is in a class all by herself. She can do pretty much anything she wants, but she caved to the pressure of unrealistic expectations anyway.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t get why everyone is obsessed with Madonna ‘embracing her age’. I mean, I’ve been to the gym; I’ve been to the nail salon; I’ve been to the grocery store on Saturday morning. I know what 50 year old women look like. I’m nearly there, and I can tell you, it ain’t always pretty. So, yeah, give me the fantasy; give me the ideal; give me the freakin’ icon. Photoshop all you want. C’mon people, remember that ‘suspension of disbelief’ can be liberating and fun. Celebrity and reality should never have become a ‘thing’ IMO.

  • http://angryfemur.tumblr.com Andrea Lane

    I’m over the gloves.