The Rolling Stones performed in London's Hyde Park last week for the first time since their July 1969 'Stones in the Park' concert, but 44 years later and Mick Jagger doesn't look like he's about to slow down any time soon. Perhaps the 69-year-old star's abundant Jagger Swagger has a little bit to do with the bespoke tour costumes that were created by his girlfriend, L'Wren Scott. The American designer and stylist to the A-list is responsible for the stage outfits that The Stones front man wore on the band's '50 & Counting' tour, which kicked off in November last year. It draws to a close with a final Hyde Park gig this weekend and the couple has been reflecting on Mick's wardrobe.
As well as referencing ensembles from the singer's past, for the Glastonbury performance Mick and L'Wren looked to the British countryside for inspiration. Jagger told WWD, “We started to think about the Glastonbury show and I said to her that [I wanted] something very English — an oak leaf. That’s where we started from in the Glastonbury show, nobody [in the audience] realized they were really oak leaves [on the jacket] — but I did. Most people just think it’s a bright green jacket, but if you look you can see. Glastonbury is an essentially English event.”
If they didn't notice the oak leaves, it would have been difficult to miss the butterflies on one of Scott's Hyde Park designs. She said, “I wanted to have something really magical and interesting. I was really obsessed by phantom butterflies — you see them at night and they are kind of iridescent blue and green and white.” Thanks to the lighting and special effects it looked as if the insects were flying off the jacket.
Scott created so many pieces for her boyfriend that her colleagues made light of the fact in a reference to the rock band's tour name. She explained, “My studio has the joke ‘And counting…’ because they are still counting every time I say we have to make a few more things. Mick really knew what ‘And Counting’ actually meant."
Luckily non of the costumes went to waste as Jagger revealed, “I got to wear all the clothes we made, which was fun from our point of view — just switching around all the outfits every night in different places, wearing them here — but not there.”
This Saturday sees the last '50 & Counting' show - hopefully Jagger will try and wear everything from his tour wardrobe.