Once a material girl, now a material woman. Lourdes Leon, incredibly cool and daughter of Madonna, is the style icon who needs and deserves 2021. But if you think about it, she has been at the forefront of the fashion industry for over a decade. Let’s take a quick walk through the past, shall we? For the uninitiated, Leon began working as a fashion designer at the age of 14. Of course, being the daughter of perhaps the most famous pop singer in history helps, but I digress.
Before Leon became the face of Marc Jacobs and a muse of Stella McCartney, she worked behind the scenes and started the short-lived clothing line Material Girl – a mother-and-daughter collaboration for Macy’s – and middle school students like me were totally and totally obsessed.
Material Girl was very popular early on. Not only did the label bring punk sensibility into suburban tweens, but it also got them to expand their fashion sense. From figure-hugging, figure-hugging dresses to oversized plaid flannels and miniskirts, Material Girl has done it all while inspiring those who wore it to pursue a career in design like young Leon. And because the old is often new again, I’ll be the first to admit that these pieces still spin a lot years later.
The line was so reliable in fact that Leon and Madonna teamed up in 2011 to conduct a model search for “the ultimate Material Girl”. Who is she you ask? Well, as Madonna described it Rolling Stone, the girl in question “likes to shop but also cares about feelings.” Yes, register as a 16 year old. Damn it, sign me up as a 26 year old.
If Leon’s humble Instagram account is any clue, the star quality gene has certainly been passed on to the next generation. Torn tights and combat boots have given way to trendy training pants, bustier tops and layered gold chains and have cemented their place in the fashion elite. With his talent for adding just the right amount of nervousness to casual chic, Leon’s fashionable eye can be admired by teenagers and adults alike.
Read on to see Leon’s best fashion moments over the years.