Madonna, queen of pop, has a lot in store this year for her career that has lasted over 3 decades. The aging pop star and mother is celebrating her 12th studio album with the "MDNA" tour and her first fragrance line "Truth or Dare," out soon at Macy's.
The tour is set to kick off in Tel Aviv next month and continue through the Middle East and Europe. Madonna will make her appearances in North America beginning on August 28 with her concert in Philadelphia. Tour dates in South America will be released soon.
"It's crunch time for me getting my show ready, so after this I have to go back to the dungeon," Madonna said in an interview with WWD. "I call it the dungeon, where we work. In a room with no light. It's kind of our factory, but I have a lot of work to do," she continued.
Madonna fashion is usually as interesting and "out there" as Lady Gaga. If her Super Bowl XLVI costume was not any indication of her creativity, than perhaps the MDNA tour this year will be more unique. Madonna really enjoyed that Super Bowl performance and even called it "one of my most favorite and most treasured performing experiences, for sure. That was amazing."
But she learned that maybe heels are not the best shoes to dance in. "The dance that LMFAO does, the shuffle, was really hard to do in heels. I have to say, I would prefer to do the shuffle in sneakers. If you want to drop it like it's hot, it's good to wear flats, because then your booty gets really close to the floor, but then there are things you can do in heels that you can't do in sneakers," Madonna said.
She has plans for the fashion choices in her upcoming tour. "I worship and adore [Jean Paul Gaultier]. He's creating one of my costumes, and kind of godfathering the costumes for a section of my show, with all my dancers," Madonna said.
"I'm really happy he's doing it, because he's such a genius. And I'll probably wear something that Riccardo [Tisci] from Givenchy makes. But the rest of it is going to be what my costume designer Arianne Phillips creates with me."
Madonna always puts her personal and careful touch on anything she works on. This is most evident in the fragrance she developed that was inspired by her late mother's scent. "I don't take the job of creating anything - whether it's fragrance, or beauty products, or clothes - lightly, and I need a lot of time to do stuff. I don't like it when other people create for me."
"The time was right," Madonna said of partnering with Coty Prestige. "I've been working off and on on various fragrances over the years, and [have been] approached by a lot of companies and have tried to create fragrances. They were always abandoned projects. I've always loved perfume; it's always been a big part of my life. But every time I tried to create the scent I was looking for, it never reached the stage where I thought it was good enough or I was told that the ingredients would be impossible to re-create in a mass way. Then I'd say, 'let's try and do a synthetic version,' and it never smelled as good as I wanted it to. And if I'm not going to wear it, I'm not going to sell it. So, I finally was able to create, with my partners [MG Icon and Coty], a fragrance that I could stand behind," Madonna shared.
Her fragrance, "Truth or Dare," will also have a companion fragrance to be expected next year. "I think it would be good to do a men's fragrance, as well," she said. "My daughter thinks so. She wants to wear it. She likes to wear men's cologne - don't ask me why."
"I love musk and amber and woody kind of fragrances on men. I love the smell of whiskey - we should make a men's cologne that smells like whiskey. I can't drink it, it's too strong, but it smells amazing - a really good old whiskey," Madonna continued.
Madonna hopes to have a franchise for "Truth or Dare" in the works with Coty Prestige, bringing in a larger range of beauty products. She has plans to also develop a lingerie and footwear line. "Once again, time-consuming. I want it to be good. [More beauty categories are] something I'd like to develop, but I need to get past all of my other responsibilities and commitments like my tour. So, sometime in the future, yeah."
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