On July 5, 1969, Mick Jagger stood on stage in London’s Hyde Park looking like a Shakespearean heroine in a white voile tunic, with bishop sleeves and ruffles at the neck, as he recited verses from Percy Bysshe Shelley’s poem “Adonais” and released 2,500 white butterflies into the crowd in honor of his bandmate, Brian Jones, who had died tragically two days earlier.
Flash forward 44 years to this past Saturday, where The Rolling Stones returned to Hyde Park, and Jagger took the stage again, this time in an oak-leaf inspired jacket, designed by his girlfriend, L’Wren Scott, who has designed all his looks for the Stones’ 50 & Counting Tour. And while the infamous tunic, or “dress” as it’s oft been referred to since, has either been “lost — or someone nicked it,” as Jagger explained to WWD, Scott saw to it that proper homage was paid to both the infamous 1969 “Stones in the Park” show, as well as to Stones’ homeland.
Scott told WWD:
“We were joking about the glamouflage at Glastonbury, and he said ‘Well I want it to be oak leaf.’ So if you look at it closely you see the oak leaves — it’s quite cool. It just felt very right for Glasto, to open the show with a very outdoorsy feel — and the crowd was incredible.”
As far as Jagger’s Hyde Park performance garb, the pièce de résistance was no doubt the Gustav Klimt-inspired gold embroidery jacket, but special memorial was cast in Scott’s black embroidered and beaded jacket that featured an array of butterfly designs, which appeared to fly when hit by the technicolor stage lights.
“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.”
While Saturday marks on the last day of tour, whether or not it’s really over remains to be seen. “My studio has the joke ‘And counting…’ because they are still counting every time I say we have to make a few more things,” said Scott. “Mick really knew what ‘And Counting’ actually meant.”
We laugh in the face of naysayers who say the Stones’ clock is ticking, and can’t wait to see what Jagger and Scott have for us down the line. Fingers-crossed for more glamouflage.
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