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.
“Azzedine has been one of the biggest influences in my life. He has always been such a strong, loving, fatherly figure to me. I call him Papa. His designs are indescribably unique, they are pieces of art. He knew how to make the female form look its loveliest. I have so many memories of him; my favorite might be during my first show with him in Paris. He liked me and he wanted to help me get more work. He called all his friends at Kenzo and Comme des Garcons, and asked them to book me. They said, ‘But she can’t walk!’ And he said, ‘but she has such a great ass!' His friendship and support has been the great privilege of my career. I can't imagine life without him. Repose en paix mon Papa.” - @stephanieseymour tells @wwd. #wwdfashion (📷: @steveeichner) #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa, flanked by two of his closest friends, models Stephanie Seymour and Naomi Campbell.
He designed Seymour’s dress for her 1995 wedding to Peter Brant, and treated Campbell (who famously called him Papa), like a daughter. For more on the legendary designer, tap the link in bio. #wwdfashion #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa's “I-did-it-my-way” ethos stood out starkly at a time when brands are experimenting with consumer-facing fashion shows, coed formats and trans-seasonal collections – anything to perk up lackluster sales of ready-to-wear in an age of Insta-everything. “It’s not creation anymore. This becomes a purely industrial approach,” the late designer told WWD in an interview last year. “But anyway, the rhythm of collections is so stupid. It’s unsustainable. There are too many collections.” Read more about the iconic designer’s life and work on wwd.com, link in bio. #wwdfashion #azzedinealaia (📷: @WWD Archive, 1986) #alaia
Sneaker reselling app @goat’s latest exhibit, "The Greatest: New York," tells the story of New York's sneaker culture. To celebrate the exhibit, an intimate crowd gathered on Thursday night at the pop-up gallery space, located at Platform in Culver City, to hear guest speaker and illustrator @esymai talk about her own rise in streetwear and women in the business. "For me I'm just someone who is creative. I like to create things," said Chang. #wwdfashion
Azzedine Alaïa, one of the most iconic couturiers of the modern era whose body-con designs defined Eighties fashion, has died in Paris. The diminutive Tunisian-born designer, known for his structured knitted dresses with fitted waists and impeccably cut, figure-hugging second skin silhouettes was deeply admired by his peers, and counted supermodel Naomi Campbell - his adoptive daughter - among his inner circle, one of a gang of glamazons including Farida Khelfa, Carla Bruni and Stephanie Seymour who became ambassadors of his style. (📷: Alexandre Guirkinger) #wwdblast