Madonna to Design Eyewear for Dolce and Gabbana

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Talk about made in the shade!

Madonna has inked a deal with Italian fashion label Dolce & Gabbana to codesign six pairs of sunglasses to be released this May.

Bearing the logo MDG, the singer's collection will include retro black plastic shades and gold-and-silver metal frames. Designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana sketched and shipped designs for more than 50 styles of frames to Madonna for review.

"We're so excited. This further strengthens our relationship with Madonna, and it was a very constructive experience for us," Gabbana enthused to Women's Wear Daily of the brand's partnership. "[Madonna] is very exacting and a professional who seeks perfection in everything she does, and this was no exception."

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Sunglasses are just the latest product of the trio's partnership. Madonna, a longtime friend of the designers, is featured in their spring ad campaign, clad in lace, corsets and other items from their seasonal collection.

On March 10, Madonna and her manager, Guy Oseary, announced plans to form a joint venture with Iconix Brand Group, which includes Candie's and Roca Wear. Under the MG Icon partnership, Madonna will lend her name and likeness to the "Material Girl" junior's line and Macy's this fall.

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