By  on September 28, 2007

NEW YORK — When Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony kick off their U.S. tour in Atlantic City, N.J., tonight, they'll have a little help from their designer friend Roberto Cavalli.

The pair, who are touring together for the first time, will be wearing exclusive creations by Cavalli, while their back-up dancers will sport pieces from his Just Cavalli secondary collection.

Not one to shy away from over-the-top designs, Cavalli is becoming quite the pro in stage costuming, having made ensembles for the likes of Christina Aguilera, Beyoncé Knowles, Lenny Kravitz, Mariah Carey, Shakira and Britney Spears in the past. But the designer conceded he has never designed for a couple before.

"It was a bit challenging to give them their own sense of style while still trying to maintain a sense of continuity in the overall look for the show," he told WWD.

Cavalli has created five ensembles for Lopez and several suits for her husband. Lopez is expected to open the show in a blue, purple and lime green chiffon butterfly printed baby-doll blouse, with a matching cape and flared pants. Other looks include a sequin off-the-shoulder minidress with bat sleeves, a hooded minidress, and tailored pants and a suit vest with a men's wear feel. For the finale, she is slated to don a rhinestone-encrusted Grecian gown. Anthony's wardrobe, meanwhile, will be less glittery and feature several tailored two-piece suits and caftans teamed with straight-leg pants.

On this tour, Lopez is expected to perform pieces from her new album, "Brave," which is being released next month, as well as other hits. "I took into consideration how they would move, and used a lot of stretch fabrics," Cavalli said. "Also, it's so hot up on stage, so I shied away from anything too heavy."

Meanwhile, fans who attend Lopez's concerts this fall will get a little something extra: a sample of her new women's scent, Deseo ("desire," in Spanish), which is set for a February 2008 launch globally. Deseo is intended to appeal to a more sophisticated and mature demographic than Lopez's first seven scents, noted Catherine Walsh, senior vice president, American Fragrances for Coty Prestige, which holds Lopez's fragrance license. The scent also taps into Lopez's heritage, added Walsh.More than 10,000 scent seal samples — each of which will also share details of a dedicated Web site for Deseo — will be distributed at each show. Since Lopez is sharing billing on the tour with her husband, she is reportedly working on a men's version of Deseo which will launch in fall 2008.

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