Your NYE Look as Told by Madonna
Madonna is the ultimate connoisseur of the party suit. In the early days, baby Madge hit the New York scene with teased hair and all denim everything, and in no time, she became a fashion trailblazer. With New Year’s Eve on the horizon, who better to look to for inspiration other than our very own Queen of Pop? From grunge to glam to girl next door, M has flawlessly mastered all genres of fashion and reinvented her look more times than we can count. So in the spirit of kicking off 2017 properly, we rounded up Madonna’s best fashion moments that sort of make us want to catch a heavy champagne buzz and red lipstick-smeared kiss as the clock strikes midnight. Can you blame us?
1991 Oscars Madonna
No one exudes the energy of a regal goddess quite like Madonna. At the 1991 Oscars, she draped herself in diamonds and white fur for an old Hollywood aesthetic, as pictured on the red carpet with Michael Jackson. The look is equal parts angelic and sophisticated—not to mention an obvious homage to the OG American sweetheart, Marilyn Monroe.
In 1984, Dutch photographer Kees Tabak captured Madonna in Amsterdam in all of her mesh glory. It’s no surprise this was taken at the height of her “Lucky Star“ days, because her faded pink ‘do literally makes her look like a shooting star. And to finish off the look, we’d like to point out her solo star earring—the essential cherry on top of your grunge-chic NYE look.
Madonna x Marilyn (again)
Madonna makes distressed denim look lavish as hell, and our nineties nostalgia is kicking in full force. The August 1990 YM cover shot was one of her most low key looks—an epic concoction of simplicity and elegance. The look is another obvious tip of the hat to her top muse, Marilyn Monroe.
Leather ‘n’ Lace Madonna
The below look is brought to you by Madonna’s 1987 film, Who’s That Girl, directed by James Foley. The film, starring M herself, was sadly a box office bomb, but we’d like to think that the embroidered tutu/studded leather combo made up for the film’s shortcomings. Plus, “Cause a Commotion,” from the film’s soundtrack gives us endless life.
Fashion photographer Herb Ritts shot Madonna in Hawaii and the brilliant end product reminds of us of an ’80s workout video with a subtle hint of BDSM for good measure. A bathing suit may not be the most weather appropriate decision on NYE, but we can never argue with a good animal print paired with fishnets.
Young M had eighties accessorizing down to a science. We fully endorse Madonna’s version of black on black with a heavy dose of fire engine red to round it out. Renowned stylist and designer Maripol ideated many of Madonna’s trademark accessories, like her crucifixes and signature black rubber bracelets.
Blinged Out Madonna
Rocking a knee length silver dress and her signature thick brow, Madonna channeled her inner vixen at the Who’s That Girl premiere in 1987. The spaghetti strap getup is intricately detailed with glass bugle beads and rhinestones, catching the light just right. Really, we expect nothing less from you this NYE.
Iconic Vogue Madonna
Madonna in the May 1989 issue of Vogue makes us want to celebrate New Year’s Eve on a yacht (or at least by a pool). Patrick Demarchelier photographed Madonna for her first US Vogue cover that month, where she joked about her style inspiration during her sheltered Catholic school days. “The only person I could have based my look on was The Singing Nun,” she said.
Dressed-Down Corset Madonna
Madonna stripped down to the basics in another look shot by Herb Ritts. The corset top and trousers make for a perfect juxtaposition—business on the bottom, party on top. The polished look is featured in her 1987 Who’s That Girl tour book, among a batch of other dope Madonna fashion moments.
Images courtesy of People.com, Billboard, and Madonna archives
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