Madonna vacations in Portofino, Italy dressed in black. Photo: Felix Magno, FilmMagic

While the rest of America was pondering whether a First Lady should wear thigh-baring shorts, Madonna was channeling Eva Perón while on vacation in Portofino, Italy.

The pop icon arrived with model beau Jesus Luz and her kids: Lourdes, Rocco, David Banda and newly adopted Mercy James.

For lunch at the Portofino home of designers Dolce Domenico and Stefano Gabbana, the Material Girl donned head-to-toe black, layering a black Dolce & Gabbana see-through lace dress over what appear to be '40s-style granny pants (above).

Madge topped off her wacky warm weather wardrobe with a black cropped tie-front cardigan, black belt, black strappy closed-toe heels, black sunglasses and a gigantic black wide brim hat in, what else?, black. Talk about dramatic! (And is that a whip in her hand?)

While we commend Madonna's manners for wearing a Dolce & Gabbana dress to visit the duo, and admit she looks amazing at 51!, we'd think she would have opted for something more festive than funeral, especially in the thick of August.

But, that's why she's Madonna! She has never been one to conform. Period.

So, do you think the look was appropriate for a seaside summer trip or were the high-drama duds too much? Let us know in a comment below!