Madonna for LOVE Magazine
The pop megastar is photographed without any hair, make-up or styling in a 10-page editorial shot at her home in Hampstead.
LOVE Editor-in-Chief Katie Grand says: “In early 2016, the media was obsessing over the discord in Madonna’s relationship with her son Rocco. I was struck by how mean the press were about a woman simply going to work and wanting her son to be a part of it. I spoke to Mert about the possibility of doing a shoot with her, as he, Madonna and Rocco are all friends. I wasn’t sure it would ever happen, to be honest, but Mert said, ‘Let me ask M and Rocco.’ Much to my surprise, the morning after Madonna’s reconciliation with Rocco, nine stunning images of Madonna arrived via WhatsApp. They had been taken at 2am at Mert’s house in Hampstead where he and Madonna often hang out and have casual dinners.”
Madonna’s son Rocco Ritchie also makes his modelling debut in ’Angels of Concrete,’ a 70-page photographic portfolio shot by Mert.
Mert Alas says: “I have become very intrigued by the new generation of kids I witnessed rising up in Berlin, Russia, the UK and the USA. At first, they gave me the impression of skinhead punks but they embody so much more! They have substance, sensitivity, creativity and personal, inimitable style. These are cool kids who create music, poetry and art. I guess the fascination was the genesis of this project! I wanted to capture not just their style but the liberated sensibility that it represents and the meaning behind it. It is not just aesthetics but a visceral effect on life as its lived in the real world.”
LOVE 16.5 ‘LOVE by Mert Alas’ goes on newsstands 19 September 2016 and will be available from Dover Street Market London, Marc Jacobs and specialist distribution nationwide.