In Wearing The Corset To Work Madonna’s latest fashion collection, the new ‘M’ collection, is discussed:
[It] has an unexpected vibe that could be described as landed-gentry Madonna goes office-casual Madonna.
The degree of workplace appropriateness depends on whether one chooses to accessorize with pearls or a riding crop. Madonna, who chooses both, was inspired by the dynamic young women who work with Her, a group She calls the Semtex Girls, because, you know, they are like the explosive. Naughty!
“They are the kind of clothes that mean business and fun all at the same time,” Madonna said. “I thought about what I like to wear every day.”
Still, there will be Madonna fans (um, me) looking for something more emblematic of the many, many Hers. Like that bodysuit ($19.90) that speaks of “Confessions on a Dance Floor”; or the double-breasted pantsuit (jacket, $99.90; pants, $59.90), circa “Express Yourself”; or a long white dress ($69.90) that could have been a castoff from “Vogue” days. But no.
“I didn’t really think about anything in connection to the stages of my career or the evolution of my persona,” She said.
Not even the $34.90 corset belts?
“Well, what part of my career didn’t I have a corset in?”
While it’s a cute interview piece (and who doesn’t love Madonna?), I too feel a bit under-whelmed with the collection. Maybe Madonna’s just too ahead of things, once again… But given fashion’s return to the 80’s, I expected to see some Madonna Classics in the collection.
Overall, I felt the collection is ‘less’ than what I expect from Madonna — less outrageous for one. It’s not as naughty as I expected — or want!
Forbes pointed out that the corset belts, one of the ‘5 key pieces’ in the collection, “would seem hard to wear by those not rail thin,” and the price points are a bit higher than traditional HM fare.