MADONNA’S CARPOOL KARAOKE: On Kissing Michael Jackson, “Of Course”

“I mean, baby, I’ve been around.”

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Madonna lets it all hang out during Carpool Karaoke with James Corden.

Madonna’s Carpool Karaoke with James Corden is a blast. She and James clearly had fun, which is fun to watch. It’s why we keep watching. This is a Madonna specialty, one of many.

Decked out in Moschino, Madonna sings and car dances to some of her classic hits and fan favorites. “Vogue,” “Express Yourself,” “Papa Don’t Preach,” “Bitch I’m Madonna,” “Ray of Light,” and “Music” play as the two navigate New York traffic.

Is there Voguing? Of course. Twerking? Yes. Taunting James about his red flannel shirt? Yep. A revelation about kissing Michael Jackson? Yes.

From Variety:

“You were friends with Michael Jackson,” Corden prompted at one point. “So you want me to kiss and tell then don’t you?” Madonna responded.

“Did you kiss?” he asked hesitantly. “Of course. I mean, baby, I’ve been around,” she said. “Full French kissing. Tongue and mouth kissing.”

Corden confessed that the alleged make out was news to him, to which Madonna responded, “Well I haven’t had the chance to talk about it. No one ever asks me.”

No one ever asks? Once again, journalists haven’t been doing their job.

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Madonna’s Carpool Karaoke with James Corden.
Madonna sings, dances to "Vogue," "Bitch I'm Madonna," "Ray of Light," and "Music" during Carpool Karaoke. Image Amplified www.imageamplified.com
Madonna sings and car dances to “Vogue,” “Bitch I’m Madonna,” “Ray of Light,” and “Music” during Carpool Karaoke.
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THAT CLOSER LOOK: Manus X Machina at the Met by Troy Wise

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We’re  fascinated  by  technology’s  influence  on  fashion.  Technology  has  impacted  how  fashion communicates,  how  it  spreads,  and  how  it  connects.  However,  Andrew  Bolton’s  Manus  X Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology exhibit gives us a compelling look into how technology shapes how fashion is designed and produced.  We were eager to see Manus X Machina during our recent trip to New York.

The exhibit pointedly overturns the familiar hand vs. machine dichotomy, usually associated with the haute couture vs. prêt-à-porter categories of fashion. Handmade usually signifies exclusivity and individuality. The machine-made is generally regarded as inferior and appropriate only for the masses.  However,  Manus  x  Machina  reveals  that  when  it  comes  to  fashion,  the  handmade  and  the machine-made  aren’t  always  so  separate.  Haute  couture  and prêt-à-porter  have  frequently borrowed production processes from each other.

True, the first couture house used sewing machines for its seam work. However, fashion’s recent use of 3-D printing and materials like rubber, metal powders, magnets, and neoprene give us glimpses into fashion’s future.

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The view is distinctive, imaginative, and optimistic.  Technology is increasingly leading production innovation. As Bolton points out, “…the hand and the  machine  are  equal  and  mutual  protagonists  in  solving  design  problems,  enhancing  design practices, and ultimately, advancing the future of fashion.”

For example, Karl Lagerfeld’s bridal gown stands at the center of the show. As Lagerfeld points out, the use of moldable scuba neoprene material offers couture without the couture. Its train is 20 feet long, has been digitally pixelated, hand painted, and embroidered.  Lagerfeld’s gown is a continual intertwining of that made by hand, and that made by machine.  Gareth Pugh’s work seems like a natural fit for such an exhibit. There are also pieces from Prada, Marc Jacobs and Alexander McQueen.

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Some of our favorites are from Iris van Herpen. Having created her first 3-D printed dresses in 2009, she has created truly remarkable silhouettes, and is at the forefront of embracing the fashion opportunities afforded by emerging technology.  The Manus x Machina exhibit examines fashion’s place in the “Age of Technology.” It also imbues us with a sense of the new, offering us a glimpse of the future that is just starting to unfold.  Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology is at the Metropolitan Museum of Art from May 5 – August 14, 2016.

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IA UPDATE: Dolce & Gabbana’s Italian Journey with Alexandra Shulman at Vogue Festival 2016 by Troy Wise & Rick Guzman

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Sunday: Next up for us was Dolce & Gabbana’s “Italian Journey,” which featured their conversation with Alexandra Shulman. There’s no denying the depth of Stefano and Domenico’s vision, and their unwavering commitment to it. The question, though, remained: would their recent controversies overshadow the talk? The answer? No. By launching into a discussion on Dolce & Gabbana’s Alta Moda, the conversation stayed on the work. Throughout the talk, Stefano and Domenico were witty, playful and opinionated.

Unsurprisingly, these two almost seemed like relics of another time. Stefano has pulled back somewhat from social media in recent years. Domenico revealed that he doesn’t have an email address (Did we hear that right?). They’re also resisting changes happening elsewhere in the industry. They won’t consider launching their collections simultaneously with their runway shows, as Burberry, Tom Ford and Vetements have recently chosen to do. Furthermore, Stefano and Domenico reject the idea of combining the men’s and women’s shows. “Men are men, and women are women,” pronounced Stefano, his finger waving in the air, even as Alexandra offered possible logistical solutions.

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IA UPDATE: Vogue Festival 2016 Street Style Day 1 Pt. 2 by Troy Wise & Rick Guzman

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Themed around Vogue’s 100 Anniversary the Vogue Festival returned this weekend for its fifth year and IA Street Style was there to cover the best looks.

The 2016 impressive line-up of speakers included Alessandro Michele, Domenico Dolce, Stefano Gabbana, Charlotte Tilbury, Isabel Marant, Grace Coddington, Christopher Kane, Jenny Packham, Peter Dundas and many more.

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Themed around Vogue’s 100 Anniversary the Vogue Festival returned this weekend for its fifth year and IA Street Style was there to cover the best looks.

The 2016 impressive line-up of speakers included Alessandro Michele, Domenico Dolce, Stefano Gabbana, Charlotte Tilbury, Isabel Marant, Grace Coddington, Christopher Kane, Jenny Packham, Peter Dundas and many more.

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