"Day#1 of costume tour prep 4 Madonna's 2012 world tour. Words cannot describe our excitement nor contain our excitement 4 what is in store."
From Arianne Phillips Twitter
No matter what some may think of her, Madonna still has it.
Her post-Oscar party was jam-packed with the biggest of celebs.
So who was there?
Rounding out the guest list were Kate Hudson, Leonardo DiCaprio, Heidi Klum, Michelle Williams, Jonah Hill, Chris Evans, David and Victoria Beckham, Kristen Wiig and Ashton Kutcher. The Descendants director Alexander Payne brought along his new Oscar. Talk show host/newsman Anderson Cooper was also there.
It was a HEATED war between Elton John and Madonna for the better Oscar party ....
The final guest lists have been revealed ... WHO WON ?? You decide!!!!
ELTON's party drew Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, Heidi Klum, Kim Kardashian,
Sharon Osbourne and Fran Drescher ......
MADONNA's party drew Leonardo DiCaprio, Jack Nicholson, Sandra Bullock,
Bradley Cooper, Michelle Williams, The Beckhams, Ashton Kutcher and Salma Hayek ......
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my good friend, Chris is hosting a Madonna Party celebrating Madonnas new single "Give Me All Your Luv'', happening this Friday in nyc.
SANTA MONICA, Calif., Feb. 21, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Universal Music Group announced today that albums from popular Universal artists such as Madonna, Paul McCartney, Kaori Muraji, U2, John Coltrane and Bon Jovi are now Mastered for iTunes, giving music fans even higher quality audio recordings from their favorite artists. Mastered for iTunes albums are mastered specifically with the iTunes format in mind, ensuring the delivery of the music to listeners with increased audio fidelity, more closely replicating what the artists, recording engineers, and producers intended.
These new recordings are mastered using high-resolution sourced audio to provide fans with an incredibly rich listening experience, taking advantage of the dynamic range enabled by the iTunes format. Music fans can access many of today's most anticipated albums including Madonna's "MDNA," Paul McCartney's "Kisses On The Bottom" and Japanese Classical Guitarist Kaori Muraji's "Soleil - Portraits 2." Other albums on offer include favorites such as U2's "Achtung Baby," John Coltrane's "A Love Supreme" as well as Bon Jovi's "Slippery When Wet" and "Have a Nice Day."
In addressing her fans, Kaori Muraji said, "I really enjoyed making my recording "Soleil - Portraits 2" in Air Studios which was built by George Martin in London. It has wonderful acoustics and a nice atmosphere which you can now hear even better on this high-quality audio version with iTunes. Here in this album you can listen to a number of different styles of music. I hope you will enjoy it."
Universal Music Group Mastered for iTunes titles can be found atwww.itunes.com/masteredforitunes.
Mel C is 'useless' around Madonna because she is such a fan.
The former Spice Girl has met her musical idol numerous times and even enjoyed a memorable dinner with her but Mel admitted she gets nervous in the 'Girls Gone Wild' singer's company.
She told The Sun newspaper: 'I've met Madonna a few times. She once called me in my hotel room to invite me to dinner - I was convinced it was one of the girls winding me up. I'm a bit useless in her company being such a fan. I think I may even have offended her once.'
Mel also revealed she and her Spice Girl bandmates Emma Bunton, Victoria Beckham, Mel B and Geri Halliwell are closer than ever because they are not in competition with each other.
She added: 'Luckily, we aspire to different things and we're very proud of each other.'
Along with working on her solo career, Mel raises daughter Scarlet with partner Thomas Starr, who she met in 2002 during a holiday in Barbados and Mel admitted she never thought the relationship would last.
She said: 'Tom is lovely and tall, has big blue eyes and a cheeky grin. We had a good old dance to The Prodigy and I thought 'He's my kinda guy'.
'I was sure it would fizzle out when we got back to the UK but it didn't - hurray!'
Oscar-nominated: Arianne Phillips designed the costumes for Madonna's film W.E.
Madonna's directing skills on W.E. may have received some mixed reviews, but when it comes to costumes, the response was universally positive.
So feted were Arianne Phillips's efforts at dressing lead actors Andrea Riseborough and James D'Arcy, she won a Costume Designer's Guild award last night, and is up for an Academy Award this weekend.
Now, in a new interview, the stylist, who had long collaborated with Madonna on costumes for her tours, describes her painstaking research into the clothing and jewellery worn by Edward and Wallis Simpson, and how she recreated their looks for the big screen.
She told Refinery29.com: 'I knew [Wallis] was fashionable, but I didn't realize the kind of scope of what a devoted couture client she was.
'I didn't she know she was a client of Gabrielle Chanel or Madeleine Vionnet. I unearthed all of these cool treasure troves of incredible Parisian haute couture from the '30s. It was fantastic!'
Ms Phillips revealed that recreating the jewellery - an important part of the film's narrative - was one of her biggest challenges.
'To use the real clothes and jewelry that belonged to the Duke and Duchess was an impossibility because it's privately owned or in museums,' she explained.
'I knew we needed to reach out to Cartier because the cross bracelet was famously the centerpiece of the film. I needed the context of what their jewelry was about.'
Enlisting the help of jeweller Neil Lane, she told how they scoured auctions for original pieces, and even persuaded Cartier and Van Cleef & Arpels to make replicas. Not that she - or indeed anyone else - gets to keep them.
Painstaking research: The stylist, who dressed actress Andrea Riseborough for the lead role, discovered that Wallis Simpson was a loyal couture client of Gabrielle Chanel and Madeleine Vionnet
Ms Phillips persuaded Cartier to create a replica of the priceless cross bracelet that the Duchess of Windsor (left) was often seen wearing. The replica worn by Miss Riseborough (right) though, will now be destroyed
'We recreated 10 pieces with Cartier,' she revealed. 'They own them because it's their design and copyright. They are housed in Switzerland, I believe.
'They are going to dispose of them and destroy them this year, just because it's like trying to recreate a Picasso or another great work of art. It would devalue the original that's privately owned.'
Historical accuracy: Ms Phillips' attention to detail is clear to see in the W.E. wedding scenes...
...She has closely referenced the actual headpiece and gown worn by Wallis at her 1937 wedding to the Duke of Windsor at the Chateau de Candé in Monts, France
Van Cleef & Arpels also owns the bracelet it recreated for the film, but has not told the stylist what it intends to do with it.
Designing the costumes for W.E. also offered Ms Phillips the opportunity to work alongside Madonna. But for a woman who has styled the star for the red carpet and countless tours, this was nothing new - and in fact the process was remarkably similar.
'We still had the same kind of conversations,' she said 'She's been directing me for 14 years and is the captain of her own ship.'
Longtime collaborators: Ms Phillips has worked with Madonna, pictured performing at this year's Super Bowl, for over 14 years, and will co-ordinate the costumes for her upcoming tour
She explained that the difference was really in seeing Madonna on the other side of the camera, as a crew member.
'She's so disarming, though,' Ms Phillips continued. 'She's very focused on the work, and doesn't treat anyone really any differently. But you still really have to step up to the plate!'
Ms Phillips will be returning to her stylist roots to design costumes for Madonna's upcoming tour, which she says is top secret, but promises 'will be the most incredible tour of all time'.
'You can get a hint of that from the Super Bowl, although it won't look like that at all,' she teased.