Usher proved he can still belt out a tune, turn a look, and do situps at the Super Bowl LVIII halftime show on Sunday.
The shredded 45-year-old superstar wore two dazzling ensembles to perform his greatest hits at the most-watched concert of the year. The custom outfits were designed by Dolce & Gabbana and Off-White, respectively, with the help of costume designer Tanja Caldwell, fashion director Brookelyn Styles, and creative director Aakomon Jones.
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The opening D&G look comprised a dramatic coat, a sharp cream suit, and crisp white kicks. About halfway through, Usher ditched the outer layers and revealed a bedazzled top. (Alicia Keys also hit the stage in a red Swarovski-encrusted D&G catsuit.) The “Yeah!” The singer said that D&G’s ability to execute such elaborate decorative details is part of what attracted him to the Italian label. He also appreciated the fact the designers knew how to create pieces for the stage.
“I really do think that fabric and the embellishment of garments is something that they do really unique and I wanted to have a bit of that,” he explained in a Vogue interview. “It’s great to have a collaborating partner who understands how to create something that actually literally works on stage, because you have to do quick changes as well. It is having fabrics that work and flow. It is having built-in things that release quickly and accommodate my movement. I have to be able to get in and out of it, and in a way that makes it feel like something magical happened on the stage, just a cover of feathers, and then the feathers releasing.”
Usher then stripped down even further still, showcasing his abs and a 9-carat diamond Jacquie Aiche “U” necklace while cutting shapes. He roller-skated back onto the stage in an eye-catching Off-White look. Inspired by the SS23 Men’s collection, the blue and black ‘fit combined the streetwear label’s cool and contemporary style with the American biker world. The five pieces, which included a leather biker jacket, a knitted turtleneck, an undershirt, leather biker trousers, and matching gloves, were adorned with some 394,000 Swarovski crystals that looked particularly dazzling under the stage lights. Usher was also rocking custom Jordan 4 sneakers designed by the Shoe Surgeon.
Some football was played on Sunday, too. The Kansas City Chiefs defeated the San Francisco 49ers in the 57th annual Super Bowl, with a thrilling 25-22 overtime victory. It is the Chief’s third Super Bowl title in five years.
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