The Weeknd (unsurprisingly) rocked a red suit during the Super Bowl halftime show.
Richfresh designer Patrick Henry created the custom suit for the singer, WWD reported. The look — which hearkened back to several recent red-and-black suits worn by the star — featured a sparkly red blazer worn over a black shirt, pants and tie, and black leather gloves.
“I wanted to keep it really clean,” the Los Angeles-based designer told the publication. “Everything is made in such a way that he looks very together when he’s standing still, but he can still move around because Abel likes to move.”
The outfit paid homage to “transformation,” which the designer said has been “the whole tone and message of [The Weeknd’s] album,” called “After Hours.”
The transformation of the singer’s face, from bloodied and bandaged to altered with prosthetics and CGI plastic surgery, has also been a hot topic over the past year-plus — part of “The Character” he created surrounding his album.
The halftime look felt similar to tailored suits The Weeknd has worn in recent appearances, the designer noted to WWD. The 30-year-old, whose real name is Abel Tesfaye, has sported his signature style while performing and attending events with a banged-up face, including at the 2020 VMAs, which saw him with bruises, and the 2020 American Music Awards, where his face was completely wrapped up in bandages.
“The significance of the entire head bandages is reflecting on the absurd culture of Hollywood celebrity and people manipulating themselves for superficial reasons to please and be validated,” he previously told Variety.
While The Weeknd’s face didn’t appear altered for the halftime show, several dancers with bandaged faces and similar outfits surrounded the star at various points during the performance.
As Page Six previously reported, The Weeknd’s halftime show mostly took place in the stands, instead of on the field, to abide by COVID-19 safety precautions.