We may be in the middle of Fashion Month, a time when the fashion glitterati is typically consumed with designers, new models, and front-row celebs—but the topic at shows has been focused on one fashionable woman, who happens not to be at at the shows: Madonna.
Madonna’s Rebel Heart tour is a must-see, if not for the classic — nay, extremely important — hits, like “True Blue” or “Holiday,” then for the major fashion choices the pop star makes. (There’s a reason Moschino’s Jeremy Scott sat front row opening night in Montreal and that Givenchy’s Riccardo Tisci took time out of his New York Fashion Week schedule to take in the concert.)
The always-evolving Madge has long evolved from her cone bra and rosary look, thanks to longtime costume designer Arianne Phillips, who says that Rebel Heart is her sixth and proudest tour yet with the “Like a Virgin” singer. “Collaborating with Madonna and my incredible team of artisans demands limitless imagination, invention, and thousands of hours of focused work,” Phillips tells Glamour. “It’s the most thrilling wild ride you could ever imagine.”
And she’s not kidding! Look forward to more outfit changes from top designers including custom looks from Prada, Faust Puglisi and more. Standouts include looks for songs like “La Isla Bonita,” for which she wears matador-inspired pants, by Nicolas Jebran, made from black tulle with transparent, beaded side paneling paired with a black and fuchsia jacket, which is covered in Swarovski crystals. The back of the jacket is adorned with the Latin letter M—for the Queen M. There is a flapper number, by Moschino, also crystal-studded, that was paired with dramatically long fringed Opera gloves for “Material Girl.” Madonna and Phillips touched on a vast range of style touch points including from futuristic to tribal, not to mention Latin gypsy (Gucci!), samurai warrior, a little punk rock, and, of course, the chanteuse.
One thing that was constant throughout the carefully-constructed sets (including a last supper-like spread for “Holy Water” and a simulated gas station, replete with hot mechanics, for “Body Shop”)? Madonna’s smile. Cliche, as it may be, the 57-year-old provocateur looked to be having the time of her life. Her and everyone in the crowd, that is. Take a look at Glamour’s favorite outfits from the Rebel Heart tour.
By Kate Branch