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Madonna's New Ad for Louis Vuitton (More Photos)

Since we had Baby Jesus on the blog yesterday, let's check in with the Blessed Mother.


Here she is, photographed by Steven Meisel, in all her glory in the latest ad campaign for LV Fall 2009:

It's like a salute to Photoshop. Everybody knows Madonna doesn't look anything like that, so why go there? We realize this is a cliche, but she really does look like a wax figure. Look at her fingers. They look like they would melt in the sun. Oh, and don't think we didn't notice those vein covers on your hands, missy. There are some things even Photoshop can't fix, apparently.

Look, we get it. Photo manipulation in ad campaigns is just the way it is and a certain level of it is to be expected, but when it's at this level, it's just creepy-looking.

Oh, and here's the dress, which is fine, but those bunny ears you keep pushing are never gonna happen, Miss Jacobs.
Louis Vuitton Fall 2009 Collection
Model: Tanya Dziahileva


And for additional Sunday reading, here's Cathy Horyn's take on Madonna's last go-round in LV at the Met Gala and how it represents the necessary narrowing of choices for the fashionable woman as she gets older, in a piece called "Irony and the Old Lady":

"
While I’m still in love with the ironical gesture and its mild but wholly satisfying orneriness and freedom in the face of so much conformity and New Jersey housewife opulence, I can’t pull it off anymore. I mentioned this to a friend, Luca Stoppini, the art director of Italian Vogue. I asked him why it is that fashionable women can’t wear certain things after 50. Luca had the answer right away. “It’s like fighting with the wind,” he said.

Nothing conveys that struggle better than Madonna’s attire last month at the Costume Institute gala at the Metropolitan Museum. In addition to wearing a taffeta hair bow that poked up like rabbit ears, she had on a bright blue minidress with a romper hem and a pair of swashbuckler boots that noticeably left a crack of skin showing at the top of her thighs.

Although the outfit was plainly a riff on exuberant Paris fashion — it was designed by a host of the event, Marc Jacobs of Louis Vuitton — many people took the excessiveness seriously. It shouldn’t come as a surprise that some members of the low-brow media on the steps of the Met didn’t get the joke. But, in any case, they thought that Madonna, who is 50, looked like a nut.

One person who didn’t was Simon Doonan, the creative director of Barneys New York, who said last week, “To me, that’s the Madge I fell in love with.” He let out a laugh. “Scandal!”


More photos:






Source:
Irony and the Old Lady [
NYTimes]

Can Women Over 50 Pull Off Ironic Fashion? [TheCut]


[Photos: Steven Meisel/Style.com]
70 comments:

Beautiful image, but it reminds me of those computer generated images they make of children who've gone missing, to show their age progression. Only this is in reverse.

And my guess is that it isn't just photoshop that makes it look like this. I'd guess a lot of the look is because it was shot with a digital Hasselblad. Just my theory.

--GothamTomato
twitter.com/gothamtomato


I agree with GT, it's a beautiful picture, but Madonna never looked like that not even when she was younger. By the way, I love the dress!


Love the dress...love the bag...together NO!...and
Madonna wishes she EVAH looked like that honey!


Isn't she supposed to look like a wax figure? It is creepy, just like she looks these days...

Love the digs about the vein coverups! love you tlo!


The colors are beautiful, to be sure, but she looks like a waxed corpse in rigor mortis. This stiff improbable pose speaks volumes about Madonna, who is a notoriously known control freak when it comes to her image.


It doesn't even look like Madonna photoshopped (or Hasselblad-ed). The only thing I see in common with Madonna is it's a white woman. Other than that, I'm not seeing it.


I hate the picture. There's Photoshop and there's too much Photoshop and then there is overkill - this picture is certainly in the last category.


Her idiot kabbalah string makes it look like she has mannequin hands.


" sixgables said...

Her idiot kabbalah string makes it look like she has mannequin hands."

I didn't even notice the Kabbalah string. At some point she's just going to have to face it that she isn't 25 anymore. Nothing wrong with that. Beautiful picture, Meisel is a genius.


Where's Madonna???

Seriously, it could have been anyone in that picture.

Beautifully composed yes, Madonna? NO!

And I like the revision to the bodice of the dress. The runway version is a bad 80's recap. Don't believe me? Check out the flashback in Never Been Kissed. Its almost the same dress.


'Although the outfit was plainly a riff on exuberant Paris fashion — it was designed by a host of the event, Marc Jacobs of Louis Vuitton — many people took the excessiveness seriously.'

I think that the gag (if indeed it was a gag) would have worked better if it had come out of left field. But I think a lot of us looked at that getup and thought that it was par for the course, Madonna in an outfit that a woman half her age would struggle to pull off.


When I first saw it, I thought it was Scarlett Johannson. Beautiful picture... if it were an oil painting.

At least it's better than the previous (?) ad where Madonna was sitting there with her legs spread apart, look rather uncomfortable.


I'm in Simon Doonan's camp: what good is Madge if she is being "tasteful." I'm an advocate of being tacky when you want to--if that is truly your self-expression.

In other news, that picture is fairytale creepy. Reminds me of sinister Rapunzel story book I had as a kid that scared and fascinated me. Also, what Gotham Tomato said...


GothamTomato, I didn't know that a Hasselblad came with a creepy doll filter.


"It shouldn’t come as a surprise that some members of the low-brow media on the steps of the Met didn’t get the joke."

If Madonna didn't constantly wear things that would be inappropriate for most people in public I might get the joke. The lady needs to look into some pants, for real.

Whatever, her tricks work cause we're still talking about her.


I think the bunny ears look more like the Bavarian version of the jackalope:
http://snipurl.com/l1ylh


Brooklyn Bomber said...
I think the bunny ears look more like the Bavarian version of the jackalope:
http://snipurl.com/l1ylh

HAHAHA. Too true... and I do love the dress, but Madonna, honey, you cannot stay young forever.


Well, Blessed Virgin Mary.

Can I just say 'Holy Crap' and leave it at that?


Where are her legs?


The first thing that struck me when I saw that pic was, "She's re-playing the glass coffin scene from "Evita", only this time she's laid out in couture!".


What's wrong w/ not looking 25? I was such an asshole @ that age (this is not to say that's indicative of everyone; speaking for myself). Just because my skin was tighter doesn't mean I had more value or beauty.
It completely saddens me that anyone would think ANYONE looked better as a wax figure or an animated funeral model, which is exactly what Madge embodies in this ad.
What Madonna wore to the Costume Institute Gala had nothing to do w/ her age. It was simply a ridiculous get up (I use that term in its most pejorative sense) regardless of the age of the unfortunate soul wearing it.


My first thought when I saw the picture, before I got to your caption, was Photoshop much? Really kind of creepy. Re Horyn's piece, was her outfit a joke, or just a woman fighting against age? The latter I think.


Wow, I would have never known that mannequin was Madonna if you hadn't told me.

-gg


She looks like one of Marie Osmond's dolls.


Sewing Siren


I figured it out now. She looks like one of those collectable figurines you see advertised in the Parade magazine in the Sunday paper. For just three payments of $19.99 you too can own the Madonna Commemorative Doll complete with Vuitton handbad.


I loathe these over-stylized photos, both in editorial and in ad campaigns. They are completely devoid of emotion, let alone sex appeal.


I think the thing that bothers me most is her posture. She just looks uncomfortable and like you and many have said, like a wax figure. It just reads as awkward to me, like she is a doll that someone put in a chair but because it's body doesn't bend the doll just lies in the chair instead of sitting in it.


Final Fantasy called.

They want their rendering back.


How dare Cathy Hornyn call Simon Doonan an "Old Lady." He was just being ironic.

Seriously. Given that only 10% of 25 year olds can pull off a look like this, wouldn't it stand to reason that the percentage of 50 year olds would be even smaller?


And to think, I didn't even realize I was supposed to feel bad because I was lowbrow. I just didn't realize that she was being ironic, and not a douche bag when she dressed like a 12 year old...


too many cats

1) I didn't notice the LV bag until the fourth or fifth glance.

2) they got the hard look of her eyes right

3) the rough leather of the chair was also photoshopped to look soft

4) First time I saw this on a Brit newspaper site, I did not recognize that face as Madonna's


Interesting to note that the biggest change in her is ADDING pounds. In this photo she looks much less sinewy and hardboiled.

A bit less tri-athelete fit.


Pictures of Robots

This is a completely computer generated image, created by Pixar's new advertising group under Meisel's direction. I think the image is a great facsimile of a real, live human being. Way to go, Pixar!


I would never have guessed that it was Madonna in the photo. I understand that they might want here to look like a doll, but I'm not sure how that's going to promote the bag they're trying to sell. You barely notice it even though it's big enough to hide her torso.

Frankly I think Madonna looks like a French maid from the Moulin Rouge in that outfit.


Great ad for Photoshop, not so much for Vuitton.


The more I look at it, I think the hair was added over her right eye thru Photoshop 'cause it's strange how you can sort of make out an eye underneath, and I REALLY don't get that half a Hitler moustache thingie on her face.


Oh Dear... Photoshop CS4 is calling!!!

I just hate this airbrushed images They are so fake that its artistry is gone with the brush haha

I love Madonna but this is way too far. She just looks like her wax figure in London, but in different make up.


Madonna is on the brink of looking too "done". This shoot does her no favors. It just makes her look desperate.


"Her idiot kabbalah string makes it look like..."

I enjoyed reading the phrase "idiot-kabbalah-string". You should flesh it out into a haiku.


It doesn't make sense to me that you would spend the money to get Madonna and then make her look unrecognizable. They could have used just anybody and made her look like that with airbrushing, etc. If you hire Madonna, don't you want her to LOOK like Madonna.

I could never carry off puffy sleeves and bunny-eared bows in my hair. I'm not sure it has to do with age as much as your general "look." Some women can look good in all that fluff, some don't.


That bag is gorgeous! I'm talking about the one with the logos all over it.

Seriously, LV will sell thousands of them because of this ad. Even in this economic downturn, LV's sales are still in the black, unlike those of their competitors in the luxury market. They are doing a lot of things right.

So what if they photoshopped the hell out of the picture? Everybody knows M doesn't look like that, even with her facelift. All that's left of her original face is her left eyebrow, and it still looks the same as it did in "Like a Virgin."

I want someone smart to hurry up and invent photoshop contact lenses. That way, I could put them in and everything I look at would be more beautiful.


Ok, I love the bitchery as much as the next girl (otherwise, why would i read tlo?), but let me get this straight--airbrushing is ok, except when it goes too far? Magazines airbrush everyone, and when they don't, when the pictures are real, you guys go to town on how this actress has saggy boobs or veiny feet. But I keep reading, so I guess we're all to blame. Back to bitchery--I firmly believe that the hands in the Sex and the City movie were not SJP's real hands. They filmed someone else's hands typing, someone younger's hands.


Is that Madonna? How would anyone be able to tell?


I think they overdid the photoshopping on purpose in this case... combined with the stiffness of her pose and the sickly colors, I have to trust that they knew what they were doing and they did it on purpose. I think it's meant to incite comments like the ones here. An examination of when glamour becomes 2-dimensional and kind of ugly.


Well if they ever decide to do a movie with a CGI Madonna in it, at least we now know exactly what it will look like.


>>I enjoyed reading the phrase "idiot-kabbalah-string". You should flesh it out into a haiku.<<

I can never turn down a Haiku challenge.

Worn for mysticism
Idiot kabbalah string
Makes screw on doll hands

Up next: double dactyls!


I saw the olllllddd Twilight Zone episode last night where the mannequins come to life-

"Marsha White in her normal and natural state; a wooden lady with a painted face who, one month out of the year, takes on the characteristics of someone as normal and as flesh and blood as you and I."

That episode is from 1960, making IT younger than the real Madonna.


What's up with airline food, amiright? How about that Madonna? Got enough kids yet, Madge?

I can't even come up with something to say re: marc jacobs and madonna any more. they're both so tired and uninteresting.


" Stacy said...
I think they overdid the photoshopping on purpose in this case... "


I don't think so. This woman does not want to look a day over 25. She'll do anything to stay "young."


That's horrible, and I too am getting tired of Marc Jacobs. He's a media whore and much as she is.


All the Madonna photoshop talk is doing exactly what the advertiser wanted: Getting buzz while taking attention away from how seriously hideous the LV bag is.

And it IS hideous (as all LV bags are).

--GothamTomato


sixgables
6/29/09 8:11 AM >>I enjoyed reading the phrase "idiot-kabbalah-string". You should flesh it out into a haiku.<<

I can never turn down a Haiku challenge.

Worn for mysticism
Idiot kabbalah string
Makes screw on doll hands

Up next: double dactyls!










mmm...not funny.


So is this the first time someone's photographed a wax figure from Madame Tussaud's and tried to pass it off as the actual celebrity? Good freaking lord.


Dammit. I KNEW I should have stayed in that poetry class so that I could amuse anonymous commenters. I was so prescient, and yet so lazy.


So, a wax figure of Madonna is photographed wearing a dress. Big frickin' deal!

Can we please talk about Emma Watson's Burberry campaign, now?

http://tiny.cc/SEihP


@Gail oooh! thanks for sharing! I love Emma Watson, and she does well in these images, but I especially love the mancandy with her. Mmmmm. Nice way to start Monday!


"Gail said...

So, a wax figure of Madonna is photographed wearing a dress. Big frickin' deal!

Can we please talk about Emma Watson's Burberry campaign, now?

http://tiny.cc/SEihP"


So, let's stop talking about what YOU don't want to talk about and talk about what YOU want. Unbelievable!


Yes Unbelievable! (giggle)


bitchybitchybitchy

TLO said:

Since we had Baby Jesus on the blog yesterday, let's check in with the Blessed Mother.

And bless you kittens for that sparkling start to my Monday morning!


I think in the 1800's they used to photograph corpses in their coffins before burial. Such a lovely keepsake! That's what this reminds me of.


i'm not dorothy gale

Kind of a slam, isn't it? The much filled 'n' froze Madge isn't acceptable so let's erase all resemblance to the human and create a salute to Madame Tussaud.

Just imagine her in 20 years.


I believe this is a futuristic picture of Madonna - when she is in her coffin!


At least her man hands are covered...


"...Idiot kabbalah string
Makes screw on doll hands"


Anonymous: "mmm...not funny."

Anonymous-- haiku aim to indicate the suchness or essentiality of entities, not to amuse.


Yes! This photo does look like an example of Victorian mourning- photography.

Madonna looks so peaceful and lifelike... it's as though she's simply napping, not demised. It's how I'd like to remember her.


WTF? is all I have to say


Guess we should be thankful they are not her previous string of wide open crotch shots.


She may be over 50, but the thing is that she looks much much younger than she is.


Ugh, they didn't even try with the boobs on the third picture. It looks like they took a picture of a busty girl with completely different lighting and just copy-pasted them in there.





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