Fashion Week rumor mill: Madonna for Macy's

Madonna for MacysEven high-fashion gossip hounds are buzzing over this piece of gossip: according to New York Magazine, Madonna and Macy's are on the verge of announcing a collaboration.

While such a collection wouldn't be grounded in pure fashion talent -- like the RACHEL Rachel Roy exclusive Macy's line -- it would still be a retail coup. In the way overplayed arena of celebrity-designed lines, Madonna is one of the few people left with enough star power to attract customer interest.

We'll have to wait and see whether Madonna can do for the age-old department store what she did for H&M. Back in 2007, her collection there helped drive the chain to a 29% surge in monthly sales.

There is one little snag here. For the past few years, we've seen Madonna step out in mostly sporty fashions (you don't get biceps like that by constantly flouncing around in gowns). So she may have to look a few pages back in her album of personal style moments for inspiration.

Good news, Madge -- I'm here to help. My ideal made-by-Madonna collection would include pieces based on her go-to favorites: 1) structured, mixed-material jackets 2) easy, demure dresses and 3) some subtle eighties throwbacks, like these stacked bangles.

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