Byline: Rose Apodaca Jones

LOS ANGELES — Dolce & Gabbana is hitting the concert circuit again, this year outfitting R&B superstar Mary J. Blige for her 48-city tour.
Blige is strutting stages nationwide in 15 glitzy looks specifically created by Dolce & Gabbana for her summer tour.
“The Mary Show,” as it’s billed, kicked off on June 10 in Los Angeles at the Universal Amphitheater and continued at New York’s Radio City Music Hall the following week and will include a performance at Mandalay in Las Vegas during the MAGIC show on Aug. 26.
“There was an instant attraction between us and Mary J. because we loved her music from the minute we heard it and she liked our designs from the first time she wore them,” Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana told WWD via e-mail following their show in Milan earlier this week.
That first time Blige wore their designs, according to the pair, was in 1994, when they outfitted the singer in a head-to-toe ocelot-printed chiffon tunic and matching pants for her debut album. That ensemble appeared in The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s “Rock Style” exhibit in December.
Dolce & Gabbana also provided specially designed wardrobes for Whitney Houston during her 1999 tour, as well as for Madonna several years ago. The experience has schooled them in “the tricks” required to create wardrobes that can rock and roll while also moving and dazzling.
“It is a new kind of glamour, a glamour that is wearable yet luxurious,” they said. “This is achieved by the construction of the garments and by using fabrics that are always stretch.”
Looks for the “The Mary Show” include sparkling gold wide-ribbed stretch pants with a matching one-shoulder top and hot pink and green pants paired with a strappy top speckled with the same color of sequins. Everything is cut to show off Blige’s well-toned figure.
“Mary J. has great style and has the remarkable ability of taking street fashion, making it into couture, and then conveying the message to the masses,” the designers said.
So will Blige’s fans get to buy a piece of that message?
“Given the response that Mary J. gets when she’s onstage, we are highly considering incorporating some of these looks into our next women’s collection because they are very sexy, which is what we find women like,” Dolce and Gabbana said.

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