You can't always get what you want. Unless you're Mick Jagger and have a fashion designer for a girlfriend.
His longtime love, stylist/designer L'Wren Scott -- who makes his bespoke offstage suits -- is also designing his costumes for the Rolling Stones upcoming global tour.
And she knows that there are two things that are very important to Jagger.
“When you’re onstage [the costumes] have to fit, and they have to be — for me — glamorous,” Jagger told WWD. “If you’re playing in a really big stadium, you want to be in super bright colors, otherwise you just get lost.
Obviously, Jagger prefers a slim silhouette: “I’ve always done a kind of skinny silhouette because I am skinny; I don’t have to worry about covering up fat bits! So you’ve got to emphasize your silhouette... you want, on top of that, clothes that have movement."
At the Sun., Nov 25 kick-off of the 50th anniversary concert and global tour held in London's O2 Arena, Jagger wore a black-and-white zigzag jacket. The silk jacket harkens back to the houndstooth jackets the Stones wore on British TV back in in 1964.
Milliner-to-the-stars Stephen Jones made the zigzagged hat that tops off the singer's first look.
J Brand has tailor-made six styles of pants for Jagger, per Scott’s designs. "They have a lot of stretch and are incredibly lightweight," she told WWD.
Jagger's fitted T-shirts come from Scott’s old friend Rick Owens. Scott describes them as “super-refined, soft and just sit on the body perfectly. They are just beautiful.”
Scott has also whipped up a floor-length tailcoat with sequined beading and a leather jacket with metallic sheen. Jagger's fancy shirts include a red satin with caviar beading, a rose taffeta with gold sequins, purple silk lamé and one with a trompe l’oeil necktie stitched in sequins down the front.
Scott says she's going for a hyper-tailored, glam look that deconstructs as he performs and whips his clothes off. But she admits that not everything will be worn. "I just think you’ve got to give choices… the artist needs options."
Jagger’s favorite costumes from the past include Giorgio Sant’Angelo cheesecloth trousers from the '70s: “They were supercomfy pants. It was really superhot on stage in the old days because the lights were very hot. These days the lights are not so hot.”
He also fondly recalls a simple Ossie Clark jumpsuit but says the ones with metal holes heated up under the lights and often burned his skin.
Offstage Jagger wears labels such as Lanvin and Dries Van Noten. In addition to Scott, who says she's always on the lookout for her boyfriend's wardrobe, British tailor Timothy Everest makes his bespoke suits.
“Shirts, suits, jackets — sometimes I’ll see great fabrics and I’ll just buy them for him and say: ‘I’ve got these beautiful fabrics to make great little jackets or suits for you,’” says Scott. Note to Jagger: She's a keeper.