Madonna (makeup free!) covers a special edition of LOVE 16.5, which will come out September 19th during London Fashion Week next month. Mert Alas shot Madge sucking her thumb in bed, wearing a hooded sweatshirt by Palace for the cover. LOVE also features a rare appearance by her son Rocco Richie who models for the family friend for the issue. “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,” LOVE editor-in-chief Katie Grand explains. “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.”
The rest of the issue features a piece titled ‘Angels of Concrete,’ a 70-page photographic portfolio shot by Alas of beautiful men he captured in Berlin, Los Angeles, and London. The issue was supported by Marc Jacobs.