Madonna news - March 2007

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30 March - Former Madonna dancer reveals life struggles in new book
Carlton Wilborn lived life on center stage as Madonna's lead dancer on her Blond Ambition and The Girlie Show tours. He was the energetic and daring dancer in her documentary film, Truth or Dare. But Wilborn wasn't being upfront with a couple of secrets he was hiding back then. Not only was he HIV-positive, but he was suppressing the impact of being molested by his karate instructor for five years, from the age of 8 to 13.

It all came crashing down on him in 2001 when his work out of the limelight on a cruise ship didn't generate the gratification he had loved since being the principal dancer in Chicago's Hubbard Street Dance Company. His solution was to put his secrets into "Front & Center: How I Learned To Live There." He's planning a poetry-based recording with music based on the book, but he's on the promotion circuit now. He'll sign copies of the book Wednesday at Peppertree Books in Palm Springs.
He talked about it and his life in a recent Desert Sun interview:

Carlton Wilburn in 2007 DESERT POST WEEKLY: Did you continue with karate after your molestation or did your instructor's actions drive you away from it?
CARLTON WILBORN: No, I did not continue with karate after that - not because of any conscious decision, it sort of just fell away from me. But I do feel that the karate experience - especially seeing that I had reached the brown belt level - awakened the athlete in me so I could be confident for my dance career, which was just around the corner.

DPW: What attracted you to dance and how did your father react to your pursuit of it?
CW: Honestly, what got me dancing was my mom and my old grammar school teacher, Carolyn Currie, rushing to find a school that I could transfer to (in) mid-season. It ended up being the Whitney Young Magnet High School through the dance department. It seems that it was my destiny. Yay! In regards to my father, he was fairly neutral about it, at least until he started seeing me in newspapers. Then he'd run off to work bragging about me.

DPW: Was that period in which you were dancing with Madonna an especially happy time for you? Were you able to repress the molestation? If so, how were you able to do that?
CW: My Madonna years were fairly happy times, but because I was also hiding my HIV diagnoses, I was always nervous that I might be found out, and that it would all be taken away from me. My efforts to repress the molestation started years before the Madonna stuff came around. But, yeah sure, the screaming my name, the cameras and the private jets, they can all be a Band-Aid for a while.

DPW: You seem so spiritual now. Did an epiphany lead you there?
CW: No, there was no exact moment of epiphany. It honestly seems to be something that I've been continually growing into, ever since being a kid. My grandmother, my mom and even my dad were all spiritual in their own ways. I can definitely see that today.

DPW: Did you keep in contact with Madonna? If so, do you find that you've grown in similar spiritual directions? How do you feel about her today?
CW: It's been a few years since she and I have spoken. But, I will always have nice thoughts about her. She gave me the chance of a lifetime. Plus, Madonna honestly got me started on my real structured spiritual path. She paid for my first entire season of Kabbalah classes. (source: The Desert Sun)

29 March - Madonna considers photo retrospective
Madonna recently told the International Herald Tribune that she has a new project in mind - and it's all about her. "I'm thinking about doing a 25-year retrospective — multimedia, with video and photographs of me by Mario Testino, Herb Ritts, Steven Klein and Steven Meisel," she told the paper. (source: MTV)

29 March - Madonna and Guy go naked
Madonna appears naked again in a new painting by Scots artist Peter Howson... but this time with a special guest. The star's husband Guy Ritchie features in the picture, Howson's third with the singer. It is going on show at the Gatehouse Gallery in Rouken Glen Park, Glasgow. (source: Daily Record)

28 March - Madonna set for UK 'Live Earth'
Madonna performs at Live8 Organizers of the July 7 Live Earth shows are just about to start announcing who's playing on which of the seven continents. These are the climate change awareness concerts being produced in conjunction with former Vice President Al Gore stemming from his film, "An Inconvenient Truth."

God only knows that the trash generated by seven megaconcerts should be a sight to behold, but I suppose there's some plan for all that. I am told the Rolling Stones will be headlining the U.K. show at Wembley Stadium, along with Madonna (she's British, you know). Other acts for Wembley should include the Red Hot Chili Peppers (they'll do London, not Philadelphia), as well as Metallica, James Blunt and Block Party. (source: Fox News)

27 March - Queen of the International Dance Music Awards
Madonna was nominated in two different categories at this year's International Dance Music Awards. The one and only Queen of the Dance Floor won the Best Dance Video award for Jump and was named Best Dance Artist Solo. To discover all of the nominees and winners, visit the official IDMA website. (source:

23 March - Rumour tidbits
Fansite Madonnadownload posted some pictures from March 19th where she's seen entering a recording studio, probably for her new album.
A Popdirt article is talking about how the next album will be Madonna's most expensive ever with top producers Pharrel, Timbaland & Swizz Beatz. They also point out that Madonna's trying to get back to the US market even though 75% of her recent record sales were international.
The rumours of the Re-Invention Tour are back: it seems Warner is approving of the release with asking sites to take down recordings of a tour. After the success of her latest CD/DVD package, it would make sense if Warner wanted to make money of the 2004 tour. Two supposed DVD-audio tracks have leaked (Vogue & Nothing Fails) and they indeed sound too good to be amateur recordings. We'll keep our visitors informed!

23 March - Madonna's soberness attracks
The sober blazers, cute kimono dresses and trendy sun glasses 'made by Madonna' yesterday were the ultimate thing to have for fashionable women. H&M called the first salesday of Madonna's fashion line not a sales storm, but still a success.

H&M London They didn't run crazy, yesterday at the H&M stores. Fashion lovers didn't attack each other to obtain a Madonna clothing piece for a few dozen euros. On the [shopping street] Meir in Antwerp, only thirty clients were waiting yesterday morning for the doors to open. "We didn't expect a storm", says spokesperson Marianne Nerinckx. "Each store, big and small, offers the M by Madonna collection. The previous designer collection was only available in the big cities. Since the colllection is now more spread, which means the sales also goes more gradually."

Still the Swedish fashion chain is more than satisfied about the first day. "The stock constantly needs to be added. It is a very classic, feminin collection, keeping open many options. The back&white kimono dress with pumps or on top of a jeans immediately gives a different view. The classic approach with simple colours attracks a larger audience. Furthermore, Madonna is a big name: she is known as the ultimate style icon. Many people come and have a look out of curiosity."

"This morning I even recognised some customers who come to the designers collection every year because they know it's worthwhile. This collection has a longer life; we still have enough stock. Customers can still come to the stores at least until monday." Halina Leaniuk (38) was a satisfied customer: There are many practical things which you can always wear. The lace and the leather are very comfortable to wear and the price is more than reasonable." Charlotte Vissers (28) from Brasschaat was also early when the previous designer lines of Karl Lagerfeld and Stella McCartney went on sale. "It's a great opportunity to get those designs into your own collection." (source: De Standaard, translation by Mad-Eyes)

23 March - Madonna wants to make record with Stella McCartney
Madonna has offered to help fashion designer pal Stella McCartney make a record, if she ever decides to follow in her former Beatle father's footsteps. MCCartney helped the pop Queen with her new range of clothes for high street store H+M - and Madonna wants to return the favour. She says, "I asked her for fashion advice and I told her, if she ever wanted to do a record, I'd gladly help out." (source: ContactMusic)

23 March - Madonna wants president Gore
Pop superstar Madonna is urging Al Gore to change his mind and run for US President next year (08), insisting she'd lend him her support. Gore, who lost out to George W. Bush in 2000, has stated he has no plans to campaign for the White House in 2008. But Madonna was so impressed with his Oscar-winning documentary An Inconvenient Truth, she thinks he should run. She says, "I would publicly support him if he joins the race." (source: ContactMusic)

23 March - No mad rush for Madonna's H&M collection
A new clothing line designed by Madonna for Swedish cheap-chic retailer H&M sold out in minutes in Stockholm, but the launch of the collection failed to spark mad rushes in other European cities.
The "M by Madonna" garments disappeared off the racks in a flash in Stockholm, where hundreds of shoppers had lined up outside H&M stores to be the first to get their hands on the collection, consisting of about 30 items of clothing and 10 accessories, launched around the world on Thursday.

But in the rest of Europe, there were no stampede scenes as seen in recent years when designers such as Karl Lagerfeld, Stella McCartney and Viktor&Rolf launched lines bearing their name for H&M.

H&M campaign - photo by Steven Klein In Paris, about 80 people lined up patiently outside the chain's store on Boulevard Haussmann before the opening. Once the doors opened the shoppers perused calmly through the racks.

In Madrid, home of H&M's Spanish rival Zara, the store was no busier than usual and the section selling Madonna's items was practically empty.
The same was true in the Finnish capital Helsinki.

In Stockholm as in Berlin, there were no chaotic scenes but the collection appeared to be a huge success and H&M said it was pleased by shoppers' positive reactions.
"The clothes were bought very quickly," company spokesman Jenni Tapper-Hoel told AFP, adding that stores across Sweden already needed to restock by midday.
At the large Hamngatan store in central Stockholm, the clothes flew off the racks in minutes.
"The collection is magnificent. Fantastic. Very trendy. It's very Madonna," Rosy Doad, a 23-year-old makeup artist who was among the first inside the store, told AFP.
"The line is very sophisticated, a kind of business casual, for a very powerful woman, like Madonna. It's very feminine and a little extravagant," 19-year-old musician Alex Eisenstein said.

At H and M's flagship store in London's Oxford Street, a quarter of the ground floor was dedicated to the singer's collection.
The shop was busy, with a mostly younger, female crowd checking out the black, white and cream-toned items.

H&M campaign - photo by Steven Klein "I'm a huge Madonna fan," said TJ Pursell, 40, an estate agent from southwest London.
"I wanted to come and see what it was like. I think she's great, I think her fashion's fantastic and I wanted to see if her collection was the same," she told AFP.

The "M by Madonna" line reflects the pop star's image: feminine, classical and sexy. Kimono dresses, skintight pants, pencil skirts, tight-fitting blouses, as well as accessories including wide belts, purses and high-heeled shoes.
The star chose neutral tones of black, white and cream, and luxury materials silk, fine wool and cashmere.

Cropped pants sold for 398 kronor (43 euros, 57 dollars), a dress for 498 kronor (55 euros, 72 dollars) and a blouse for 598 kronor (64 euros, 86 dollars).
Hennes & Mauritz has frequently called on celebrities to help sell its clothes in the past.
In 2004, legendary designer Karl Lagerfeld of Chanel was the first to put his name to a collection for the Swedish chain. He was followed by British hipster Stella McCartney in 2005, while Dutch duo Viktor&Rolf were hired for an autumn-winter collection last year.
A sneak preview of Madonna's collection was unveiled in Hong Kong on March 10, when a selection of items went on sale at the opening of the H&M's first store in China.
Founded in 1947, H&M has 1,345 stores in 24 countries. (source: AFP)

23 March - Madonna's H&M apparel line gets mild welcome in N.Y.
Madonna on Thursday joined the parade of celebrities with their own fashion lines, but the material girl who used to shock audiences with her outrageous outfits kept to a mainstream tune.
Madonna's much-anticipated clothing line, "M by Madonna," went on sale at the low-priced Swedish retailer Hennes & Mauritz AB's stores around the world on Thursday.
Excited shoppers in New York, where Madonna began her career, queued up about 30 minutes before the H&M store on Manhattan's ritzy Fifth Avenue opened, in order to be among the first to see the diva's collection.

H&M campaign - photo by Steven Klein Within two hours some items, including belts and small purses, had sold out, said one sales associate.
Another hot seller was a white, double-breasted trench coat, which Madonna, who co-designed the line for the Swedish company, wears in the campaign's advertisements.
"That white, silky coat is gorgeous, I think my daughter, who is 19, would love it," said Mary Taylor, a public relations executive, who was among the curious.

But many shoppers were not as enthusiastic about the range of styles, expecting a clothing line designed by the singer, actress and author to be more adventurous.
Madonna, who has been a taste-maker for more than two decades, has shocked audiences throughout her career with daring styles that have included lacy bras and crucifixes and a Jean-Paul Gaultier-designed cone bustier.

"I was expecting the clothes to be a little more fashion-forward I have to say, because she is such an icon and I heard it was based on her own closet," said Daniela Maron, a fashion publicist combing the Fifth Ave. store's racks for a cream-colored sequined mini dress donned by a mannequin.
That dress, one of the standout pieces in the mostly solid, monochromatic collection, sold out early, according to a sales associate.

"A lot of people came in, but as for buying, it's been half-and-half," said Juan Tinch, an H&M sales associate. "There have been a lot of purchases but also a lot of returns."
Hennes & Mauritz, among the first retailers to bring trendy fashions to main street wallets, has had home-runs with its exclusive, limited lines by heavy-hitters Stella McCartney and Karl Lagerfeld and cult label Viktor & Rolf.
The Viktor & Rolf and McCartney launches were "totally chaotic," Tinch said. "This has been a little more calm and collected."

H&M campaign - photo by Steven Klein Lisa Sandberg, a U.S. spokeswoman for Hennes & Mauritz, whose chairman, Stefan Persson, is the 17th-richest person in the world, said the difference was because the collection is in all H&M stores with womenswear, instead of just a few.
"What this means is that although it's a one-off collection, more H&M customers will have the opportunity to find M by Madonna in their local H&M store and should also be able to purchase a piece without being the first shopper on line," Sandberg said in an e-mail.

But for Sara Axelsson, a New York-based lawyer who went to see Madonna's line, the collection was not unique enough to justify a purchase.
"The Stella McCartney line was much more different than the usual H&M stuff," Axelsson said.
Other clothing lines designed by fashionable celebrities, who are not themselves designers, include Sarah Jessica Parker's line at Steve & Barry's and model Kate Moss's line with the U.K. retailer Topshop.

"Obviously (celebrities) help enormously, whether it be if they're fronting a product or have worn it, but of course it takes away from the cachet level," said Maron, the publicist, about the trend of low-priced retailers selling collections designed by icons.
"But I'm definitely buying something, even if I never wear it," Maron said. "Just to have it. Anything for Madonna." (source: Reuters)

22 March - Info on scrapped How High tour video
Fansite Drownedmadonna posted some interesting info regarding one of the two Confessions On A Dance Floor songs that did not make the final setlist of the Confessions Tour. How High was meant to be a video interlude and an intro for the rock/acoustic segment that dealt with the "fame" topic. Madonna had 3 directors in mind, including Dago Gonzalez & Jamie King.

The concept seemed to have a part with Madonna getting ready for a show, being on a runway interspersed with images of tragic events and gossip headlines, like the death of Princess Diana (which remind us of Drowned World). Probably due to lack of time, the video was unfortunately scrapped and a remix of Sorry was used with re-editing its original video.

22 March - Timbaland has a secret code with Madonna
Top producer Timbaland was on The View on March 19th and he was asked if the rumours about Madonna working with him were true or not. His answer was: "I don't know. We have secret code for that. We can't talk about it."

22 March - Madonna's designs on sale at H&M stores
Material girl, indeed. A line of clothing co-designed by pop queen Madonna went on sale around the world Thursday in branches of Swedish fashion retailer Hennes & Mauritz.
Pieces in the M by Madonna collection, co-designed by H&M design chief Margareta van den Bosch, include a leather trench coat, sequined shift dresses, cream-colored calf-length pants and matching cropped jackets.

In Britain, the items are priced between $16 and $295.
"I am a Madonna fan but the reason I am buying the clothes is that they are very nice and feminine and the prices are very reasonable," said Magda Grabowik, 32, as she lined up to pay for a coat, jacket and dresses at H&M's Oxford Street store.

Madonna said working on the fashion line had been "an exciting and new creative challenge."
"I'm happy with the results and look forward to wearing M by Madonna along with the rest of the world," the 48-year-old singer said in a statement.
H&M said the collection reflected Madonna's "timeless, unique and always glamorous style."
Stockholm-based H&M has more than 1,300 stores in 24 countries. (source: AP)
~ Several countries are also holding contests to win a coat signed by Madonna herself.

21 March - Confessions on a sales floor from Madonna
Madonna, petite in a white jersey 1940s dress of her own design, has a confession, but it is not about the range of black, white and neutral clothes that she has designed for the Swedish fast-fashion retailer H&M.
Madonna's secret is that she has been working for two years on the archive of her performance and personal clothes, which are stashed away in California and are currently being classified.

"I'm thinking of doing a 25-year retrospective — multimedia, with video and photographs of me by Mario Testino, Herb Ritts, Steven Klein and Steven Meisel," said Madonna, who also wants to "celebrate all the designers" like Jean Paul Gaultier and Christian Lacroix who have created exceptional pieces for her.

Madonna, 48, was launching her "M by Madonna" line in the cool-but- cozy Artesian bar, designed by Tom Collins, at London's Langham hotel. The H&M collection goes on sale Thursday and is already worn by the pop diva herself, on vast billboards across town.

Madonna @ H&M launch party in London As fashion spectaculars go, this was a discreet affair, with the sophomore designer knotting the belt of a trench coat and tweaking its collar as she unveiled this first line of ready-to-wear pieces — following the track suit she created for H&M last year.

"I didn't want to do a gigantic line of clothes and I wanted to keep the color palette simple," said Madonna of the black, white and neutral range. "I did the track suit because that is what I want to work out. These are clothes I want to wear and wish to keep on. I have a group of girls who work for me I call 'Semtex girls' (read 'explosive') who are hard-working but who like to have fun. There is nothing in this collection about the stage, theater and drama."

Price is the key to the 26-piece line of slim dresses, cropped jackets and pants, with a bunch of accessories (including a wide patent leather corset belt). Madonna's little white jersey dress, with a girlish raised waist and softly puffed sleeves (inspired from a find in her closet), sells for $59.90. A leather jacket is top-of-the-range at $198, but you can buy a "very Madonna" belted blazer for $69.90 and for $10 more, a denim zippered top. Jeans, at $59, are way below premium prices.

Accessories do not include Madonna's favorite French beret, but there is a turban hat, as well as bold hide-behind sunglasses and handbags. The corset belt, in mock crocodile, sells for $34.90. The "M" collection will be in all H&M stores in 28 countries carrying women's clothes.

Looking at the lineup of nice but unremarkable clothes (which, of course, look much more fab in the ad campaign, when it is Madonna's well-honed body filling out a curvy white shirt and pencil skirt), it is hard to imagine why such an icon of pop culture wants to reach out to her adoring public with clothes as well as music.

The singer, who says "it wasn't new for me to be on the floor with pins," says that she was involved in the design, had fittings done on herself and believes that "it is not a job to take lightly."

Margareta van den Bosch, H&M's head of design, said that Madonna "showed me part of her wardrobe" as the basis of the taste and style, and that the star was very much involved in the project. Madonna said that she was inspired from her closet by "a certain kind of pencil skirt," "bits of details" and vintage clothes that she has collected since she appeared in the 1985 movie "Desperately Seeking Susan."

"I wanted it to be unique and simple at the same time," said Madonna, while admitting that it was tougher than she had expected, after years of involvement in her stage wardrobe, to "design clothes anyone can wear."
"My day job includes fashion — but I am not sure I'd want to design clothes," she says. "I have a new-found respect for designers." (source: International Herald Tribune)

19 March - Malawi video
Check the Amazon page of The English Roses - Too Good To Be True for a short video of Madonna's visit to Malawi in the fall of 2006. Cute!

17 March - Swizz Beatz producing Madonna?
Swizz BeatzAfter the recent rumours of top producers Timbaland & Pharrel Williams, another hip hop record producer, Swizz Beatz talked about working with Madonna. He gave an interview to NYC radio station Hot97, saying that he's working on several new projects, including Madonna's next album. It seems she's indeed looking for a hip hop flavour for her next record...
~ Swizz Beatz is responsible for Beyonce's recent hit 'Ring The Alarm'. Read about him here.

17 March - Madonna moves to New York
Madonna is moving her family from London to New York to be closer to her ailing dad as he fights cancer. The Queen Of Pop, who now lives almost permanently in the UK, has already been Stateside to see Tony Ciccone twice this year.
Her fears for his deteriorating health have forced her to uproot the family from London and plan for them to spend much more time in the US.

Madonna performing her ode to new york "I Love New York"Her film director hubby Guy Ritchie has been busy working in LA and she is now trying to find a new family home in New York.A source said: "Madonna, Guy and the kids are definitely moving to New York this year.
"The deal is to spend as much time there as in London - if not more. "Guy hasn't been as keen on the idea but Madonna is insisting they are moving." Madonna's dad has been receiving treatment for colon cancer in Leelanau County Hospital, Michigan, which is relatively close to New York.

Recent reports suggested he was making good progress - but Madge fears he is putting on a brave face to benefit family and friends.
My source told me: "Madonna's dad is going through the mill and she wants to be there for him and to help his spirits by letting him see more of his grandchildren.
"Guy is working more and more in LA on his new TV show, a film project and a documentary.
"The move will be a big upheaval but Madonna needs to be near her dad and the support network of her closest friends." Madge is also cracking on with a new album, with the work split between Los Angeles and London.

She decided it would make sense to be based on the East Coast in The Big Apple, splitting the distance between her US commitments.
But she will not be selling her current New York apartment, London house or her Wiltshire estate any time soon.
She has decided the NY pad isn't big enough for the whole family since the adoption of one-year-old Malawi tot David Banda.
I can reveal Madge has narrowed the search for a new house down to two properties.

One is a flat and the other an impressive townhouse - what they do have in common is an asking price of more than £20m.
And she has made it clear the new place is HER buy and will be in HER name - without any mention of Guy.
There's no doubt who wears the trousers in that marriage. (source: The Sun)

17 March - report about H&M launch
This was no everyday clothing launch: There was thumping music, muscled male dancers and a great wall of paparazzi planted on the pavement outside the Langham Hotel. The event was the unveiling of M by Madonna for Hennes & Mauritz.
On Tuesday night, the pop star, clad in a white Forties-style jersey dress of her own design, laid out the theory behind her new collection for the Swedish fast-fashion retailer.

Madonna @ H&M launch party in London"I wanted something casual but naughty, sensible but sexy. That's me. That's how I am. I wanted the collection to be for a working girl," said Madonna in a not-so-quiet corner of the Artesian Bar at the hotel, near Oxford Circus.
"This is a combination of outfits I would love to wear. Bits and pieces have been inspired by the outfits in my own wardrobe, and also by what I love, like kimonos or my favorite Seventies vintage dress with the butterfly sleeves. I bought it in New York 10 years ago, and have worn it down to threads."

The collection, Madonna's second for H&M after her tracksuits launched last spring, features pieces in viscose jersey, silk rayon, cotton poplin, leather and Lycra.
The new M by Madonna line launches worldwide on March 22 and will be sold in 26 countries. An H&M spokeswoman said M by Madonna differs from the brand's other celebrity collaborations, with Karl Lagerfeld, Viktor & Rolf and Stella McCartney, in that it will be sold in every H&M store that carries women's wear, rather than in the flagships alone.

As reported in December, Steven Klein shot the campaign, which features Madonna modeling the clothes. The ads look eerily similar to the campaign with Madonna that Klein shot for Versace.
The one-off, capsule collection is filled with classics: Kimono-style dresses; tailored jackets and knee-length hipster shorts; pencil skirts paired with cummerbunds; belted trenchcoats; little leather jackets, and white cotton shirts. There's also a full accessories line, with sexy, lace-up boots, skinnyleather belts, evening clutch bags and sunglasses.

Madonna @ H&M launch party in LondonMadonna said her inspirations come from everywhere. "I go out a lot, I read and go to the movies, and I always try to see and interpret what's around me. I'm a curious person."
Clothing prices range from 14.90 euros, or $20, for a bodysuit to 249 euros, or $330, for a leather trench, while accessories range from 9.90 euros, or $13, for an M-print scarf to 99 euros, or $130, for a leather bag. All figures have been converted at current exchange.

Margareta van den Bosch, H&M's head of design, said Madonna was ever-present during the creative process. "She was involved in even the smallest details of every design. She has an impressive feel for fashion and trends," she said.
Guests, including McCartney, Matthew Williamson, Solange Azagury-Partridge, Freddie Windsor, Ella Windsor and Arki Busson, gathered at the Artesian Bar, which has just been redesigned by Madonna's pal David Collins, who was also a guest.

"I told her that scarf print looked a little Pucci to me," said a cheeky Williamson, referring to the bright, patterned scarves in the collection. "I also told her, 'Now you know how hard I f***ing work! You only have to do it once. I have to do this four times a year!' Seriously, though, the collection is just great, it's very her and it's gonna fly."
Azagury-Partridge, who designed a capsule collection of jewelry for H&M in fall 2005, said of the new collection, "I like it, it's quite 'me' actually. I especially like the pencil skirts and the big belts. I'm definitely going to be getting some."

Halfway through the evening, Madonna's male dancers hit the floor to perform for guests, although some friends had already slipped away toattend the joint birthday party for Elton John and Sam Taylor-Wood in east London.

Madonna @ H&M launch party in LondonDuring the evening, in between greeting guests and cheering on her dancers, Madonna talked about how she put the collection together.
"I think my biggest challenge was to make clothes that looked chic, sophisticated and expensive, but that weren't expensive. Going into this, I made a promise that I wouldn't design anything that I wouldn't wear myself," she said, adding that her white dress "flatters just about every figure I've seen it on."

She also admitted that her "at-home" uniform is an H&M tracksuit, and that she asks husband Guy Ritchie for advice on dressing. "I value his opinion very much. Before going out I always ask him what he thinks. If he doesn't like it, I don't wear it. But that doesn't happen very often," she said.
She also said she hates shopping. "People come to me with collections and show them to me. That's not because I'm famous, and it's not because I can't walk into stores without being disturbed. I just hate shopping. I did it even before I was famous," she said.

As for her future as a fashion designer, that's still up in the air. Madonna may be famous for her stamina on stage, on a yoga mat, and in the public eye. But fashion design might just have pushed her over the edge.
"I must say, I really enjoyed doing this collection. But, honestly, I don't know how long I could sustain this for," she said. (source:
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16 March - Book by Madonna's former nanny cancelled
The major deal for Live to Tell: My Life as Madonna's Nanny, by Melissa Dumas, has been canceled by Crown, Publishers Marketplace reported yesterday.
The company said "it will not be publishing the memoir to be authored by Madonna's former nanny, Melissa Dumas. The rights to the book have been released to the author, who is represented by [Sharlene Martin of] Martin Literary Management."

"I deeply regret that Crown Publishing decided not to move forward in publishing Melissa Dumas' book," Martin told The Book Standard. "I had a wonderful experience with them with a previous nanny tome, You'll Never Nanny in This Town Again, and had hoped to repeat that experience."
According to Britain's The Mirror, "Madonna, predictably enough, has risen from the lotus position to turn the full force of her legal team against rogue nanny Melissa Dumas in an attempt to silence her." (source: The Book Standard)
~ We're glad to hear that certain people won't have their way to cash in with Madonna's name...

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