Over the weekend, Dua Lipa staged an ambitious, glorious, totally OTT livestream event to promote her new(-ish) second album, Future Nostalgia. For those desperately missing the sweaty, pulsing heave of a dancefloor or the messy, loud chaos of a live concert, Studio2054, as the event was called, is for you. The concert smattered live performances of tracks from the new album with a stunning rotation of cameos by the likes of Elton John, Kylie Minogue, and Miley Cyrus. In short? It was a perfect dose of escapism, especially for those who, like Dua Lipa, are in the UK, riding out a second lockdown.
Among the standout moments—and there were many—was the appearance of one FKA Twigs, who stole the show with the debut of the pair’s new collaborative track, Why Don’t You Love Me? In classic FKA Twigs form, the performance featured an elaborate pole-dancing routine, which the singer performed while wearing thigh-high boots with roller blades attached. The level of skill was, as always, mindblowing. Poledancing in rollerskates? Your fave could never.
Among the other highlights from Studio2054? Miley Cyrus’ surprise cameo—she joined Lipa virtually from Los Angeles for a rendition of their newly-released single, ‘Prisoner’—and Kylie Minogue performing a duet of the track ‘Real Groove’. Or was it Elton John singing a live rendition of ‘Rocket Man’ via projector? It’s really hard to say…
Another obvious talking point was Dua’s wardrobe. Mugler’s penchant for the theatrical and dramatic came in handy when Lipa wore a custom sheer catsuit, covered in hand-sewn crystals. The bespoke design, created by creative director Casey Cadwallader, made the singer look like a very chic chandelier. Elsewhere we saw custom Versace—the same embellished scalloped bra detail that featured in the dress Dua wore to the American Music Awards last week—custom Attico, and custom Alexander Wang. All in all, it was a visual, audio, and sartorial feast more than worthy of the famous ’70s club Lipa was paying homage to.