Madonna et Lourdes snobent la performance de Taylor Momsen au lancement de Material Girl.
Madonna and Lourdes snub Taylor Momsen's performance at Material Girl launch
By Daily Mail Reporter
Last updated at 9:51 AM on 4th August 2010
With its slashed tops and risqué short skirts, Madonna and her daughter Lourdes's new girls' clothing line has attracted criticism.
So it came as no surprise that Taylor Momsen, an actress already notorious for courting controversy at the tender age of 17, was chosen to model it.
What perhaps was more of a shock was that neither Madonna, 51, nor Lourdes, 13, made an appearance at the launch of Material Girl in Macy's, in New York.
Momsen, who stars in U.S. series Gossip Girl, performed tracks with her alternative rock band, The Pretty Reckless.
Dressed in cropped black top, skinny black jeans and studded leather jacket, she looked every inch the rock chick.
Her style also perfectly suited the new range, which consists of ootwear, handbags and accessories, including Eighties-inspired ra-ra skirts, lace mini-dresses and sequinned hot pants. Hundreds of fans, who had been encouraged to dress as Madonna, turned out for those launch.
Around 150 teenage girls queued to be first to access the collection, while models dressed as the singer handed out free cupcakes.
Onlookers said the queue stretched around the block but demand to get to the range was not as high as they had been expecting.
Thigh skimming skirts, slashed cropped tops, fishnet tights and bustier dresses have long been a staple of Madonna’s wardrobe.
But now the star is working with her 13 year-old daughter Lourdes to promote the risqué style to a generation of young girls.
The 51-year-old singer and her teenage daughter Lourdes created the Material Girl range.
She signed Taylor Momsen, singer and actress in U.S. school drama Gossip Girl to be the new face of the brand, which is clearly aimed at young teens.
The 17-year-old posed in a series of sultry ads, in one she appears in fishnet tights and a low cut grey mini dress, in another she wears a black and white mini skirt and sheer tights, and a lacy black skirt.
Yesterday there were questions about the suitability of such outfits for younger teenage girls.
Already a number of High Street names have been criticised for stocking children's clothes that are more appropriate for adults.
The debate about the premature sexualisation of children and young adults has raged in recent years with music, television, films, and advertising accused of making kids grow up too fast.
Earlier this year there was an outcry from parents after Disney star ten-year-old Noah Cyrus launched a children’s clothing range which included an array of mini skirts, skin-tight lycra dresses, and high-heeled knee high boots.
In a report earlier this year, leading psychologist Dr Linda Papadopoulos said that the barrage of ‘sexualised’ advertising and imagery, meant it was becoming increasingly difficult to differentiate between where childhood ends and adulthood begins.
Across the high street a number of shops have come under fire for stocking children’s that are more appropriate for adults.
Research by the Daily Mail in February found Asda, the UK's largest childrenswear retailer, sold black sequined microshorts and metallic biker jackets for four-year-olds, while Next, its rival, sold strappy, diamante sandals with adult-height heels to fit three-year-olds.
The 51 year-old has heaped praise on her eldest daughter commending her as 'resourceful', 'savvy', 'creative' and much more ‘fashion forward’ than her.
In her blog about the Material Girl collection the 13 year-old explained: ‘Ok may I just say, not to brag or anything, but its pretty awesome and I do like the clothes a lot.
‘I’m not the designer of the line but my mom and I inspired it and do the styling, the putting together and the staying on tren It’s cool because it’s not only rock chick, there are also some boho items, skater, and some great 80’s pieces as well. So please check the pieces out online or in stores and I really hope you all like it.
Last month the singer took a break from directing her film on the love affair between Wallis Simpson and Edward VIII to take the helm at the photoshoot for the clothing line.
Miss Momsen said the musical icon seemed like a ‘cool mum’.
She added: ‘Madonna totally came in and intervened [on the shoot] and re-did everything and positioned everything and put it into her own vibe. I think we [have] a very good working relationship. I think it went well.
‘She’s very down to earth for all her success so it was good to see that. She is amazing. She was very down to earth.
‘Madonna is very comfortable to be around – very professional but a lot of fun.’
Miss Momsen added: 'Lourdes was here all day and she helped style the shoot and I worked with her to put the outfits together. She’s a sweetheart.'
Source: Mail Online.
Rock chick: Material Girl spokeswoman Taylor Momsen performed at last night's Macy's launch wearing pieces from the line.
Wild child: Momsen performs at Macy's with Ben Phillips, her bandmate from The Pretty Reckless.
Mini Madonnas: Models handed out vouchers to teenagers who came dressed up as the Queen of Pop at Macy's in New York.
Retro: Madonna's new teen fashion line is heavily influenced by her own risqué 80s look.
Racy: crop tops, mini-skirts and Lycra dresses are among the pieces in the collection, which is aimed at teenagers.
Launch: the collection launched today at Macy's in New York.