Madonna's Tour Look: Sticky, Sweet And High Fashion

08/05/2008 at 04:03 PM ET

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The chances of Madonna coming out with a new look for her tour may be the safest odds we’ve ever taken — but we’ve still been on pins and needles waiting to see it. Her Madgesty’s long-time costume designer, Arianne Phillips gave a sneak peek to WWD of the costumes for the Sticky & Sweet tour launching this month, and it’s a treasure trove of high-end design styles! Givenchy’s Riccardo Tisci contributed several outfits, while Tom Ford provided bespoke suits for the band. Miu Miu and Stella McCartney are responsible for shoes, Moschino for the sunglasses, and sundry other pieces are coming from Yves Saint Laurent, Roberto Cavalli and Jeremy Scott. The first set of costumes reference both gangsta style and Art Deco with the pieces from Givenchy. Phillips tells WWD, “She’s not afraid of being hard.” Next up, ’80s-inspired pieces with vintage Keith Haring prints, gypsy costumes from Givenchy, and ending with a futuristic rave with a Japanese touch. As for Madonna’s affiliation with the young Tisci for her costumes, Phillips explains “Riccardo’s a new young talent. If you look at Madonna’s history with fashion, that makes him an obvious choice.” We say what’s so exciting about Madonna is that nothing is ever the obvious choice. Click here to see the sketches and read more from Arianne Phillips on

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Penny Lane on

I understand that Madonna is a performer and that the clothes that she is wearing for her tour are purely costume and just “for show” but I still don’t like this look for any performer at any age. People are arguing about “dressing her age” but she could make her outfits a little more mature and classy and still be sexy. We’ve seen this look a lot from her and I’d like to see her mix it up a bit and reinvent herself like she used to.

Indian Models on

Hey thats a nice article. I am also into fashion industry and like reading such articles. I guess I will keep coming back for more. All the best.

Tina on

uhmm kinda tacky to me but i still love madonna

Dita on

listen, Madonna has done classy on stage as well as raunchy. if you know anything about her, her outfits fully represent her mood and music. Madonna knows EXACTLY what she is doing and she does it better than ANYONE in music and especially ALL of you. she will be breaking more world records and starting new fashion trends and you’ll be logging on/off your computers between donuts. WORK IT MADONNA!!!

Trabell on

What does Madonna’s age have to do with her style? I don’t understand, just because she’s 50 (and by the way – don’t look it)how is she supposed to be dressed? Chill out people, she’s only putting on a show, that just so happens to be her job, which = a role. Damn you know she don’t do this in her real life functions. Give the girl credit, she’s bad! And I mean that in a good way.

Lisa L on

Madonna’s got it going on! Age is just a number and girlfreind can work a stage and any outfit and anyone who says otherwise is a straight up “hater”. Go Madonna!!!

Dylan on

I feel sorry for her. Her priorities are messed up and she looks messed up. I am a little older than her and haven’t had surgery and I know it the scheme of things, looks don’t matter–but I look better. She’s a millionaire, but what has she really accomplished. I would be so ashamed if she was my mother. Her Kabbalah(sp) is far fetched, she won’t let her kids watch tv or read magazines she once said. She’s hypocritical and only God can help her and I do wish she would allow it.

Chris on

she’s a non-stopping entertainer..
she’s the biggest star on the planet…
she’s the mother of pop music…
she’s the queen of controversy…
she’s the queen of reinvention…
she’s the inspiration of lots of young female singers…
she’s the QUEEN OF MUSIC…

Topper on

Boring….she’s old hat and it’s sad. I don’t care about her age, she could be 50 or 30, doesn’t matter. It’s all just been there, done that. Yes, they are only costumes. So what. They are boring too. We’ve all seen this before. It’s like she’s trying to hang on to something she once had. Back in the day she was interesting. Now, she’s just boring. I was hoping this would be a class act for her, but she looks like an idiot, sorry. Not the kind of example I would want to set for my 11-year old daughter. I think she should focus on her kids, her family and let her musical career speak for itself from what she has accomplished instead of going out as a joke.

jennifer on

i think its great that madonna is doing she looks fab!!!! you only wish you could have a body like hers she is cool great outfits too
crack is wack crack is totally wack!!!!!!!!!!!!

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