Demi Lovato and Nick Jonas are in the midst of their joint summer tour and are making headlines for their soulful sets and strong vocal performances. Future Now, which kicked off in June in Atlanta and ends in Mexico in October, promotes Lovato’s fifth studio album, “Confident,” and Jonas’ third studio collection, “Last Year Was Complicated.”
For Lovato, the fashion and costumes “are an extension of me and the overall feeling and vibe of the show,” she told Footwear News. “So having the right look is very important.”
With the duo sharing the stage at certain points of each concert, it was key to make sure each look complemented one another, according to their stylist Avo Yermagyan.
“I wanted to make sure that the looks for each of them stands alone and they are true to their personal style,” he said. “They still need to work together, because the show is so fluid.”
Lovato wears bodysuits and thigh-high boots by designers including Gianvito Rossi, Amanda Gregory and Saint Laurent, so comfort is key for her when performing. Yermagyan had the task of essentially rebuilding each shoe by adding gussets, hooks and eyes, along with fabric and industrial-strength zippers.
“I always try to push the envelope with my music, and that’s also reflected in what I wear,” Lovato added.
Other designers used for Lovato’s performance looks include Commes Des Garçon, Michael Costello and the Blondes — with new pieces making their way to the stage as the tour continues.
For Jonas, the “Jealous” singer is decked out in Dsquared from head to toe.
Said Yermagyan, “We need to focus on silhouettes that complement their bodies and incredible fabrications that have high-contrast onstage. You don’t want their talents to get lost in the clothing, so we want it to just elevate their performances and show where they are as artists.”
Off the stage, Lovato balances style and comfort with sneakers.
“I’m on my feet for so many hours a day while on tour — all I can say is my Skechers Memory Foam shoes make it easier to rehearse and run around those big arenas, especially the slip-ons,” she said.
Lovato, a Skechers spokeswoman, says she often pairs her kicks with jeans, a plain T-shirt and a cute jacket.
“The balance of fashionable and comfortable is the key,” she said.
Lovato, who sings hits such as “Stone Cold” and “Skyscraper” during the show, added, “My favorite moments are when I feel the audience respond to a certain part of the performance. Their energy is absolutely incredible.”