Dear Madge munchers,
If you're in a country that isn't being torn apart by the warmongering U.S. or Russia, you probably have the luxury of sitting at your desk and contemplating the newly released Madonna song, "Girl Gone Wild" for hours, perhaps days. While I was over the moon for M's showstopping comeback at the Super Bowl and I actually love "Give Me All Your Lovin'" (it helped that I thought the video was loads of fun), the new song--the lyrics, anyway--is disappointing and derivative. (Cyndi Lauper is flipping through her thesaurus right now searching for some options for "reductive.") I was willing to let her get away with the trite, silly fun of "Lovin'" with its sugary Toni Basil homage, but after that I was expecting some substantial William Orbit magnificence...something Ray of Light-caliber.
It's not, but isn't the cover beautiful? Looking every part the foxy cougar, Madonna chose Parisian designer Alexandre Vauthier and she is sporting a silk chiffon and nandu feather bolero from the Winter 2011 Couture Collection, made in collaboration with feathers specialist Lemarié.
But getting back to the new songs....One expects a woman pop star at 53 to write songs about her long, complicated life, yeah? But Madonna tried that with "American Life" in 2003 and was pilloried for it. So, now she's just giving us the ruminations of an anonymous disco sex doll, eternally 22 years old. Let's see how the rest of the album pans out...
Of course, the occasion of a featured Alexandre Vauthier ensemble gives me an excuse to whip out my "Penis in Furs" chestnut. This photo of me in one of Vauthier's couture pieces--a sumptuous fox-fur cape with gold beading by the prestigious house of Lesage--was taken during a visit to the Station Service showroom in Paris back in 2009.