Aug 04, 2011 12:00AM

Madonna's Sartorially Flawless New Film

Fasten your top button and observe the genius of Madonna's personal stylist.

We've got to give some credit to Madonna. If there's a film career that best exemplifies getting back on the horse that threw you, it's hers. Swept Away wasn't even the start of the laughable plots and scathing reviews. Even Sean Penn couldn't save Shanghai Express, and Body of Evidence was just a crappy version of Sharon Stone's Basic Instinct without, well, Sharon Stone. Her directorial debut Filth and Wisdom contained more wisdom than it did filth, though it didn't exactly merit the star giving up her day job.

But if there's one thing Madge does infallibly it's reinventing herself through fashion. And it's this skill in particular, combined with the unequivocal genius of her personal stylist Arianne Phillips, that is the reason we are so obsessed with the first stills from her latest attempt to conquer the world of film. W.E. tells two parallel love stories separated by more than six decades. Australian actress Abbie Cornish stars as a 1998 woman infatuated with what she perceives to be the ultimate romance - the 1930s marriage of King Edward VIII (played by James D'Arcy) and Wallis Simpson (Andrea Riseborough).

We're not too fussed with the rest of the storyline, because the reason we'll be seeing this film is the costumes. If you need any more convincing that they are going to be amazing, remember that Phillips was the one who dressed Reese Witherspoon's Walk the Line character so incredibly that we came to terms with her annoying voice, and who was paid the ultimate compliment when Tom Ford himself asked her to do the costumes for his visual masterpiece A Single Man.

Hats! Headscarves! Flip-top sunnies!

Words: Hannah Ongley