Fashion: Madonna launches tour with high fashion, majorette costumes
Madonna wore custom-made lingerie and shoes from her Truth or Dare clothing collection when she kicked off her worldwide MDNA tour in Israel on Thursday night. She also wore pieces by top designers, including Jean Paul Gaultier, Prada and Jeremy Scott. But the majorette costume she wore during the number shown above is by her longtime wardrobe coordinator and stylist, Hollywood costume designer Arianne Phillips. [WWD]
Oh, no! It looks as though Johnny Depp won't be able to attend the Council of Fashion Designers of America Awards ceremony, where he was to receive the annual Fashion Icon award Monday night. It seems he's busy filming "The Lone Ranger." [Styleite]
Thai designer Wisharawish Akarasantisook won the top prize at the Mango Fashion Awards in Barcelona, Spain, on Wednesday night, taking home $372,000. Judges included designer Carolina Herrera, who also received a career achievement award; model Kate Moss; Derek Blasberg of Harper's Bazaar; Saks Fifth Avenue senior fashion director Colleen Sherin and Isak Andic, chairman of Spanish retailer Mango. The awards were created in 2007 and are organized by Mango and five European design schools to promote young fashion designers. In honor of the occasion, the usually interview-shy Moss sat down for some television talk ahead of time. [Telegraph]
Allure magazine has named Shannon Ray, 31, of Tampa, Fla., as its first Beauty Blogger of the Year, recognizing her Gloss and Dirt blog. In a news release, Allure said it established the competition to recognize beauty bloggers who meet Federal Trade Commission standards, issued in 2009. The title of Most Buzzworthy Blogger went to Brooke Pakulski, a 31-year-old from Natrona Heights, Pa., who blogs at Blushing Noir.
Four British models will have their artwork displayed next month at London's Whisper Gallery. The works by Next Models' Tali Lennox, Harry Gilliam, Polly Brown and Mark Waddleton are part of an exhibition entitled Identity, "which aims to investigate the issues of real versus perceived identity in society," according to the Telegraph.
Steve Madden, Mary-Kate Olsen and Ashley Olsen threw a party in New York on Wednesday night, celebrating the launch of Superga sneakers in the U.S. The Olsens are the brand's new creative directors. [WWD]
Private equity firm Sycamore Partners is acquiring Talbots. [WWD] (Subscription required.)
-- Susan Denley
Photo: Madonna performs on stage during a concert in Tel Aviv, Israel, on Thursday. Credit: Jim Hollander / EPA