Madonna starts a kilt craze

By Alice M. Lee
Updated August 17, 2001 at 04:00 AM EDT

Leave it to Madonna to sex up the Scottish kilt. On her current Drowned World Tour, the Music mama dons a classic tartan over black bondage pants for a ”Braveheart”-meets-Sex Pistols look. Created by her longtime stylist Arianne Phillips and designer Michael Schmidt, the kilts (red for her European leg, black-and-white for Stateside) may have been inspired by her groom, Guy Ritchie — and wedding guest Jean-Paul Gaultier — who bared their knees at the couple’s Dec. 22, 2000, Highlands nuptials. The Material Girl is not alone in her affection for the Catholic-school mainstay: Anna Sui’s fall line offers kicky kilt-like creations, D&G has whipped them into Lolita-esque skirts, and Burberry will introduce denim and leather versions next summer. NYC-based designer Zang Toi’s kilts for men and women (as microminis and ball gowns) have attracted the attention of ”Rush Hour 2”’s Zhang Ziyi and appeared on ”Sex and the City.” ”Kilts are sexy, especially on men,” notes Toi. ”No underwear underneath — think about it! A kilt keeps all the girls guessing.”