Madonna Havana Good Time!

Madonna's Instagram from Havana

Madonna’s Instagram from Havana

Last week Madonna traveled to Havana, Cuba, with family and friends – to celebrate her 58th birthday. She posted this image on her Instagram – one of many from her trip – wearing white lace accented with red, to match the white and red of this ’57 Chevy. It’s the Madonna I know – looking Like-Her-Virgin self, having a fashion moment for us to enjoy. There is something about this image and this story that really touches me. I love Madonna’s style, I love that her celebration involved dancing on conga lines and on tables – enjoying the music scene with the locals, and I love that she was there with her children and her old friends Debi Mazar and Rosie O’Donnell.

What is it that draws me to it? Is it that I will be celebrating my 58th birthday in a few years? Is it my own Latin roots? Maybe. But I think it has more to do with feeling a part of it. And just seeing Madonna Havana Good Time!

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Madonna, Still Style Star

Madonna: 1996 - Getty Images

Madonna at the Evita premier, 1996 – Getty Images

Yesterday, August 16th, was Madonna’s 57th birthday. To honor the day, Harper’s Bazaar highlighted her most iconic fashion moments. Of course there are many because Madonna is a fearless fashion risk-taker and the queen of reinvention. Certain images come to mind immediately: her 80’s bridal “Like a Virgin” look and her 90’s Blonde Ambition World Tour with the Jean Paul Gaultier-designed cone bra. But there is one look that I love more than any other: the red outfit she wore at the premier of her movie, Evita. When Madonna made the movie Evita she was pregnant with her first child, who was born in 1996 – as was my own son. I have heard that Madonna was truly happy making the movie and at that time in her life. I think it shows in this outfit. It is a reminder that clothing is so much more than our outer covering; it reveals the inner emotion, as well. Madonna. Still Style Star.

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Madonna’s one-time fashion designer, Jean Paul Gaultier, has been sighted in Brooklyn!

Jean Paul Gaultier at the Brooklyn Museum: "Ribbon corset - close up"

Jean Paul Gaultier at the Brooklyn Museum: “Ribbon corset – close up”

Ingrid Steffenson, a guest contributor to TFIO, recently visited, “The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk” at The Brooklyn Museum, which runs from October 25, 2013 – February 23, 2014. Here is Ingrid’s commentary …

Remember Madonna’s trashy underwear-as-outerwear ensembles during her Blond Ambition World Tour in the early 90s? Growing up in rural central Pennsylvania, Continue reading

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