From the moment it was announced that Jennifer Lopez would be headlining the Super Bowl LIV halftime show (alongside Shakira), we knew that it would be an evening to remember. The Bronx native took the stage on Sunday night (Feb. 2) to perform a 15-minute medley of some of her greatest hits.
Though her performance was the absolute highlight, her full production wouldn’t have been complete without the three stunning outfits she wore, all of which were custom Atelier Versace in collaboration with Swarovski. “Swarovski has always been top of mind for any Jennifer Lopez performance,” Jennifer Lopez’s stylist and long-time collaborator of Swarovski, Rob Zangardi, explained in a press release. “For this year’s Super Bowl, we are extremely excited to collaborate once again.”
Lopez first took the stage to perform her iconic hit “Jenny From The Block” atop a pole reminiscent of the Empire State Building — a nod to her hometown of NYC — in a black leather biker outfit covered in gold studs and Swarovski crystals and a pink draped maxi skirt, which she tore off after completing her opening song. The tear-off revealed black thigh-high boots and a–less chaps to complete the full biker look. According to a statement from her styling team, Rob Zangardi and Mariel Haenn, this first outfit was inspired by a Marlon Brando photo shoot in Vogue from 1991.
Haenn also noted on Instagram that the jacket is “encrusted with 600 gold studs with custom Medusa heads around the shoulder. [The] moto pants [are] encrusted with 500 gold studs, all individually placed.”
Next up was a full-length catsuit that mixed nude illusion mesh with silver leather, sequins, and Swarovski crystals. The “racer-front” neckline emphasized her strong shoulders as she showed off her pole dancing moves a lá her character Ramona from Hustlers. Lopez’s dancers lifted her above their heads as she sang memorable hits like “Waiting For Tonight” and “On The Floor.”
We can FINALLY reveal @jlo’s Super Bowl nails!! They are inspired by her finale look. Her nails are a medium length tapered square. Done in clear with silver leafing running down the centers. I love mixed media and dimension and @jlo loves bling and sparkle so I teamed up with @swarovski to make that happen at the highest level. I love making nails like jewelry. To do this, Swarovski stones in various shapes were applied sporadically over the top like fractured glass. We finished with white striping in between the crystals to set it off. #nailsbytombachik #superbowl2020
After her daughter Emme took the stage to sing a slowed-down version of “Let’s Get Loud” and a cover of Bruce Springsteen’s anthemic “Born In The U.S.A.,” Lopez returned in a silver fringed salsa bodysuit covered in a feathered cape. It was a statement piece that reflected both the Puerto Rican and the American flags on either side.
In an exclusive statement to Billboard, a representative from Rob and Mariel’s team (collectively known as R&M) noted that “the flag had over 40,000 individually sewn feathers [on it]. Each star on the American side had 40 Swarovski crystals in it, and the Puerto Rican [star] had over 2,000.”
For Lopez’s voluminous waves, her hairstylist Chris Appleton first curled her hair with a one-inch iron to build a strong foundation, then brushed out the curls and re-curled with a two-inch iron. He used his favorite Color Wow Dream Coat spray to ensure that her hair would stand up in the Miami humidity, and set her hair in place with a cool shot from the Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer.
To achieve a bronzy glow that mimics Miami sun, makeup artist Scott Barnes partnered with Marc Jacobs Beauty for most of Lopez’s makeup. Some hero products from the finished look included the Marc Jacobs Beauty Highliner Gel Eye Crayon in Blacquer to make her eyes pop, the Marc Jacobs Beauty O!Mega Bronzer Coconut Perfect Tan in Tantalize to warm up her cheekbones and forehead, and the Scott Barnes Original Body Bling all over her body to achieve that signature J.Lo glow.
And finally, celebrity nail artist Tom Bachik used Swarovski crystals to create a shattered glass design on Lopez’s performance press-on nails. In a press release, Bachik said of the look: “We used Swarovski crystals, in various shapes, and applied them sporadically over the top like fractured glass. We finished with white striping in between the crystals to set it off.”
See more details on J. Lo’s Super Bowl 2020 looks, via Versace, below.
@jlo co-headlines the #SuperBowl half-time show in a bespoke #AtelierVersace look. Crafted from exceptional quality leather, the top of this bodysuit is constructed as a leather jacket, while the sleeves and legs are hand-enriched with thousands of studs, Swarovski crystals and Medusa accents. Her biker-inspired look is at first concealed with a delicate pink silk satin gown enriched with heritage chains. The intricate costume was entirely hand-crafted in the House’s Atelier over the course of 900 hours. #VersaceCelebrities #JLo #SuperBowlLIV #SBLIV
Friend of the House @jlo performs at the #SuperBowl in a nude-illusion bodysuit crafted from sheer tulle, strategically embroidered in a mosaic pattern. #AtelierVersace’s master embroiderers have enriched this costume with Swarovski crystals, micro-materials, metallic leather inserts and lustrous plastic elements that reflect light. The exceptional outfit took over 700 hours of work to complete and is paired with matching gloves and ankle boots. #VersaceCelebrities #JLo #SuperBowlLIV #SBLIV