ELLE FRANCE: Alicia Vikander & Jeff Koons for Louis Vuitton x Jeff Koons by Mert & Marcus

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MADONNA’S BILLBOARD INTERVIEW: “I was Put on This Earth to Fight for the Underdog and Fight Against Discrimination”

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“Art is how I change the world.” Madonna is Billboard’s 2016 Woman of the Year.

Madonna is Billboard’s “Woman of the Year”

03-update-madonna-fea-bb31-6p-billboard-1500Madonna’s Billboard interview is conducted by the talented actress, producer, director Elizabeth Banks. The magazine describes the interview with Madonna as provocative. Maybe it is, in a sense. For us, it’s a conversation that touches on familiar themes: Madonna’s attention to detail, interest in politics, and her love and dedication to her family. Not that we’re complaining. Madonna is a hero among heroes.

Read Madonna’s full interview with Elizabeth Banks here, but below are some of our favorite excerpts.

On Control…

Will there ever be a time that you let go of that control, or is this like, “I have to?”

I have to.

Where does that come from?

Obviously, you could say it has to do with my childhood, if you’re going to psychoanalyze me: My mother dying and me not being told, and a sense of loss and betrayal and surprise. Then feeling out of control for the majority of my childhood, and becoming an artist and saying that I will control everything. No one will speak for me, no one will make decisions for me. You could say I’m a super control freak. That’s what everybody likes to say. I don’t want to have an event that I’m not proud of. It’s like everything that I do. My shows, my films, my house, the way I raise my children. I take great offense when details are overlooked.

Madonna on Trump's election: "It felt like someone died. It felt like a ­combination of the heartbreak and betrayal you feel when someone you love more than anything leaves you, and also a death." Image Amplified www.imageamplified.com
Madonna on Trump’s election: “It felt like someone died. It felt like a ­combination of the heartbreak and betrayal you feel when someone you love more than anything leaves you, and also a death.”

On the Election of Donald Trump…

Speaking of: How did you feel about the outcome of the election?

It felt like someone died. It felt like a ­combination of the heartbreak and betrayal you feel when someone you love more than anything leaves you, and also a death. I feel that way every morning; I wake up and say, “Oh, wait, Donald Trump is still the president,” and it wasn’t a bad dream that I had. It feels like women betrayed us. The percentage of women who voted for Trump was insanely high.

Why do you think that is?

Women hate women. That’s what I think it is. Women’s nature is not to support other women. It’s really sad. Men protect each other, and women protect their men and children. Women turn inward and men are more external. A lot of it has do with jealousy and some sort of tribal inability to accept that one of their kind could lead a nation. Other people just didn’t bother to vote because they didn’t like either candidate, or they didn’t think Trump had a chance in the world. They took their hands off the wheel and then the car crashed.

Were you surprised?
Of course. I was devastated, surprised, in shock. I haven’t really had a good night’s sleep since he has been elected. We’re f—ed.

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ALESSANDRO MICHELE & GUCCI 4 ROOMS: Four Artists Design Gucci-Inspired Rooms

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Gucci Garden Room by Mr.

Alessandro Michele, creative director for Gucci, continues to wow. His Spring/Summer 2017 collection nailed it. Again.

And now he’s launched Gucci 4 Rooms in Tokyo. Artists Chiharu Shiota, Mr., Daito Manabe and Trouble Andrew have designed rooms around Gucci’s fall collection, jewelry and cruise collection.

Naturally, those unable to make it in person to visit Gucci 4 Rooms, will be able to visit the project website, gucci4rooms.gucci.com

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Gucci Secret Room by Trouble Andrew

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COVET LIST: Lalique, Enriching Life Through Crystal

On a very lucky day during my two weeks internship at a luxury PR agency, I was honoured to be introduced to the world of Lalique.
Being a girl always interested in beauty in all its forms, I had already heard the name Lalique regarding beautiful luxury masterpieces handmade in France. Moreover, before starting my internship I had looked up the agency’s clients not to be unprepared, like every good girl would do.
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A Lalique store
When my colleague and I entered the shop on that day, I had no idea of what I was going to experience. Our plan was simply to take a look around: she wanted me to see in person some of the creations I was helping dealing with on Social media.
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Aphrodite grand nude sculpture

But life threw me some lemons that time and I promptly made lemonade out of it. As the London brand ambassador recognised my colleague, our welcome to the shop was unique: treated like the most desirable customers, we were introduced to the decorative items, the pieces of art, the jewels and collectibles perfumes.

The moment your eyes browse through the shop, you cannot find a crystal which doesn’t convey a deep sense of movement, of sensuality and on perfection. Even more incredibly so, if you think that every piece is unique and handmade, as the explained us thanks to a video where you can see how the production of these magnificent crystals happens.
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Oran vase

I personally believe that my favourite items displayed were the vases. The way light would dwell in every different corner of the flawless surface had cast a spell on me. And I was quite surprise to find myself very fond of the perfumes too, which made my mind wonder at every different scent in a lavender field in south of France, in a citrus grove in Sorrento or in a  traditional green courtyard of a Persian house.

For more than a century now the name Lalique is associated with luxury. Whether you just find yourself in Paris, or London or any other capital so lucky to have a flagship store, I would always recommend paying a visit. Browsing through Lalique’s pieces of art on internet may be the best way to spend a relaxing evening sipping tea at home, but having a first hand experience is completely different.
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Vesta High Jewellery bracelet, white gold, diamonds, mother-of-pearl
For the luckiest ones, the house Renè Lalique in Alsace (France) has just been transformed into a museum were the most impressive luxury pieces have been collected. It may turn out to be a great city escape, seen that the region is also praised for its magnificent natural sites and its strong and ever-present local traditions.
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Musée Lalique

SOUND CAFFEINE: Bjork Digital at Somerset House

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Bjork Digital at Somerset House

Bjork Digital is at Somerset House in London, where we spent a few Labor Day hours taking in a number of the singer’s virtual reality films, musical instruments, and the Biophilia music app. The exhibit features the film Black Lake, as well as Stonemilker, Mouthmantra and Notget, which are set out in a number of rooms in which we’re asked to sit on revolving stools, strap on the vr gear and immerse ourselves in Bjork’s music and collaborative visuals.

Bjork is an artist who often requires designated time to appreciate and digest. I appreciated such an opportunity provided by the digital exhibit. Her vision is rich, and incongruent with most of what is happening in pop culture. To have a few hours to engage with Bjork’s creativity was refreshing yet challenging.

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SZ MAGAZINE: Art by Maurizio D’lorio

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Ph: Maurizio D’lorio

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UPDATES: Sandra Bullock Lost In Space, Madonna Shackled for #SecretProjectRevolution, and Jude Goes Nude

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