Matthew Williamson: "Madonna est intouchable".
‘Madonna is Untouchable’ – Matthew Williamson at Last Night's 'W.E' Premiere
12 January 2012
by Zoe Beaty
Well, the conical bras and perm may be no more, but according to Fash God Matthew Williamson, Madonna is still ‘untouchable’. The 40-year-old designer was gracing the red carpet at the premiere of Her Madgesty’s directorial debut, 'W.E.', in London last night and told Grazia how the pair are ABM (Actual Bezzie Mates). Almost. ‘She’s such a loyal person,’ he said. ‘I’ve known her for over 15 years. We haven’t worked together but I know her well socially.’
Williamson said that Madonna helped him find his feet at the beginning of his career and – like a true friend – he attended yesterday's premiere to reciprocate the support she showed him. (Altogether now, aww). He said, ‘She supported me at the beginning of my career, so I’m here to support her too.’ Madonna may not have returned the favour by wearing an MW creation on the red carpet, but she did look spectacular in a Jean Paul Gaultier gown under a Dolce & Gabbana lace cape with red gloves.
The Brit designer also said that Madge was without doubt still the Queen of Pop, despite her extremely young age. Ahem. ‘Madonna is untouchable,’ he continued. ‘She is absolutely lovely. On a personal level, she’s everything you would expect. She’s so down to earth.’
She may be down to earth, but her demands were high during the making of the film she has been working on for the last four years. As Madonna said, ‘I have the same expectations of everyone else as I do for myself. So my expectations are high for everyone, but mostly for me. This is the hardest thing I’ve ever done. It really requires you to be working on the left and the right side of your brain and to survive on very little sleep. I think it’s going to be an exciting year.’
Asked why she chose the historical love story of Wallis Simpson as the subject of her film, she said, ‘I wanted to understand her, to find out who she was. And also, I wanted to find out – is there any such thing as the perfect romance? The minute Andrea (Riseborough) walked through my house; her physicality, her grace, her beauty, her fragility – I knew she was the one.’
And it looks like Madge could be swinging by the UK more often in future. ‘I feel British by association now – you are what you hang around. One always wants to fit wherever they are, it’s nice for people to be so welcoming.’
Despite an impressive turn out last night, it’s Madonna’s music that we all *heart* though. And she told us that she had the same feeling last night as she did when she released her first album, saying there were ‘butterflies in my stomach’.
Rumour has it that 'W.E.' isn’t the last we’ll see of Madonna in 2012, after she collaborated with Nicki Minaj on her new album (and smooched her!). ‘It’s amazing,’ she told us about working with Nicki. ‘She’s the best.’ We can’t wait!
Matthew Williamson and Madonna at 'W.E' premiere in London.
Andrea Riseborough, Madonna and Natalie Dormer at the London premiere.