Central Saint Martins’s 2022 Grads Treat London—and Madonna—to a Blast of Colorful Optimism

There was a double-decker runway, 115 student collections, and Madonna in the front row. Whatever horrors are assailing the world, the Central Saint Martins fashion class of 2022 managed to trounce adversity: Their graduation show was a wildly uplifting carnival of mobile sculpture, pinging color, and Gen Z magical thinking.

Madge had manifested because her son Rocco Ritchie has reportedly enrolled in one of the many CSM fashion courses. There are a lot of them. When this cohort entered the school everyone knew they were going to face a feared internal selection jury, and potentially the chop, before making the press show, but now there’s been an egalitarian revolution. Brought on by Covid and student discontent around equality and inclusion, the college has permitted every student their runway space. It seemed to only up the collective ante on compressing their fantasies, ethics, and experiments with techniques into three exuberant looks.

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Madonna makes surprise appearance at college graduation show

Madonna and FKA Twigs were spotted front row at the Central Saint Martins (CSM) undergraduate fashion show on Tuesday. The prestigious art school — known for producing renowned designers Alexander McQueen, John Galliano, Stella McCartney and Phoebe Philo — held its annual show in London’s Kings Cross area, where students exhibited their graduate collections to a crowd of friends, family, buyers and fashion editors.
 
According to Women’s Wear Daily, Madonna arrived in a Moschino studded leather jacket and boombox-shaped bag by Midnight Studios. While FKA Twigs embodied cyberpunk chic in a pair of spiral, serpent printed hoops by independent jewelers Panconesi and dystopian Gareth Pugh platform lace-up boots.
 
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Song You Need: Madonna and Sickick’s “Frozen on Fire” is an undeniable heater

Madonna is an undeniably terrible steward of her own legacy — you can’t really be a groundbreaking pop icon in multiple decades without being something of an anti-nostalgist. The way she’s treated Sickick’s TikTok-viral trap remix of her immortal Ray Of Light-era single “Frozen” is a perfect example of this: Rather than let it simply sit as a strange revival of the original, she gave the remix an official release and added verses by 070 Shake and Fireboy DML, sharing videos for each.

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Madonna Talks New ‘Frozen on Fire’ Remix and Planning a ‘Magical Experience’ for Upcoming Birthday

Madonna is the queen of reinventing herself — but that doesn’t mean she wants to leave her old classics behind.

On Thursday, the music icon, 63, released “Frozen on Fire,” a remix of her 1998 hit “Frozen,” with the artist Sickick. The remix  which features fresh vocals from Madonna and verses sung by Sickick  is the fourth iteration of “Frozen” to be made since the DJ first reinvented the song in 2021.

“I think what’s special about this version is that Sickick is singing on it,” Madonna tells PEOPLE. “I didn’t actually think of him as a singer or a musician or a songwriter or anything. I thought of him as a DJ. So, when it was presented to me that he wanted to do his version, I was kind of skeptical at first. But then when I heard it, I was blown away by his musicianship, by his sense of musicality, by his melody, his singing, everything.”

“When I ended up going in the studio with him and recording with him, I thought, ‘This makes perfect sense to end with him because he started it, the remix,'” she continues. “He has a fantastic voice. When I first heard it, I thought it was The Weeknd.”

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Madonna Talks New ‘Frozen’ Remix, DM-ing Producers, Afrobeats and Making ‘Ray of Light’

Never one to rehash the past, Madonna is taking a two-pronged approach to celebrating the 40th anniversary of her debut album — nodding to the past with two career-spanning remix collections, while remaining rooted in the present by remixing Sickick’s mega-viral reimagining of “Frozen.”

For the third and final iteration, dubbed “Frozen on Fire,” Madonna added new lyrics to the song and invited the masked producer to contribute his own vocals. The result is a trap-tinged adventure that rounds out a trilogy of free-wheeling remixes that began with an Afrobeats overhaul, featuring Nigeria’s Fireboy DML, and then a genre-blurring collaboration with New Jersey’s 070 Shake.

While Sickick tinkered with “Frozen” independently, Madonna was quick to realize its potential. “I saw the effect it was having on people, that it was inspiring people to make these incredible videos,” she says in reference to the song’s popularity on TikTok. “I just thought, ‘Wouldn’t it be cool to reinvent the song?’

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MADAME X REVISITED VOL. 1 (press release)

For all Madame X fans, a nice reference book with photos about the album and the eponymous tour is available from today.

Madame X has been described by both critics and fans as one of Madonna’s best-ever creative albums and tours. In this first instalment of a 2-part book series we explore the cultural diversity of music styles, the artists and the places of the city of Lisbon that greatly inspired Madonna to create Madame X. It begins from when Madonna made Lisbon her home in 2017 and the book becomes a tourist itinerary of Lisbon’s locations and the melting-pot of music styles from which Madame X was born. The Madame X Tour that followed in 2019 to early 2020 was truly compelling and unique.

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Immaterial girl: what are Madonna’s nude NFTs actually about?

Beeple has teamed up with the Queen of Pop to create a trio of explicit videos based on a 3D scan of her genitals – here, we go beyond the outrage in search of a deeper meaning

What happens when you mix the Queen of Pop and a controversial artist whose daily sketches heralded today’s crypto art goldrush? It’s a question we’ve all asked ourselves at one point or another… right? Well, whether you like it or not, this week we got an answer, when Madonna and Beeple (real name Mike Winkelmann) unexpectedly unveiled a collaborative series of NFTs, and the internet recoiled in horror.

Titled “Mother of Creation”, the series includes three digital artworks, each depicting a fully-nude, eerily-smooth Madonna in the middle of giving birth to various non-human organisms. In Mother of Evolution, a swarm of orange butterflies pours out of her vagina against a post-apocalyptic landscape. In Mother of Technology, it’s blood-covered robot centipedes in a lush forest. In Mother of Nature, the musician’s dead-eyed avatar gazes around a cold laboratory, as a vibrant tree grows from inside her.

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