Underwood and stylist Emma Trask take PEOPLE behind the scenes of her spectacular stage looks as the country singer's REFLECTION residency picks back up on Sept. 22
Trask, who is also the founder of Malibu Upcycle Atelier THE CHRYSALIS LAB, worked with the Grammy-winning singer to change up her outfits for the show, which Underwood tells PEOPLE is largely the same as it has been. But by changing up the wardrobe, the show feels fresh and new — and perfectly in time to celebrate the release of her Denim & Rhinestones (Deluxe Edition), which is out the same day the residency picks back up. Underwood also announced that her REFLECTION show will extend into 2024, return to the Resorts World Theatre for 18 more shows next year.
Ahead, see all of Underwood's glitz, glam and country-style flair on the Las Vegas stage — and get the details on each of the outfits from Trask herself.
“We first introduced this iridescent jumpsuit to the promo shoot for REFLECTION," stylist Emma Trask tells PEOPLE. "Carrie loved it then and when we decided to refresh some of the looks for the next wave of shows, we brought it back. We transformed it into a romper for the Act 1 opening, setting it apart from the promo look and of course highlighting those incredible legs! We found a really cool Dolce & Gabbana miniskirt made of a similar iridescent fringe that we turned into a capelet. Our go-to jewelry designer for the show, Shannon from Mud Lowery, custom-made some bold AB crystal jewelry and we competed it all with a Western-inspired rhinestone belt and platform ankle boots. The whole look works really well with the giant iridescent jewel set piece that Carrie makes her entrance in.”
“The styling in Act 2 is gold and black, and we decided to add this jeweled body harness that we built this new look around, which is something Carrie and I do a lot when we find something we think will be a great focal point," Trask says. "For Carrie’s Denim & Rhinestones Tour, we had a custom chap boot that became one of our favorite looks, so we thought this would be a good time to play with that silhouette again with a pair of super-flattering pleather fringe chap boots by Azealea Wang that were a perfect fit. We added gold chain detailing and a custom pleather romper overlayed with a metal mesh asymmetrical top to back the jeweled body harness we had originally set out to use. As with all of Carrie’s costumes, we have to make sure things not only fit and look amazing but can hold up under performances and quick changes.”
“I love Carrie in neon — with her coloring, she looks especially amazing in neon pink and green," Trask gushes. "This new look was inspired by a one-of-a-kind star fringe dress designer Kelsey Randal had upcycled from those cute neon stars you put on the ceiling of a kids’ room that glow at night. We built it around a pink sequined Nadine Merabi jumpsuit, which we shortened into a romper and a sequin neon green Bronx and Banco oversized blazer, which we cropped into a bolero leaving a tail. Kelsey added the stars to reflect the vibe of her original dress, adding a rhinestone chain. We completed the look with customized neon pink boots, adding rhinestone fringe and crystal detailing. Once again, Mud Lowery turned out some custom neon and rhinestone rings and earrings to complement the look.”
“I wanted to make something custom for the big 'Something in the Water' finale, using this liquid-look silk organza, which not only looks like water and helps create that dramatic moment, but handles getting wet really well without becoming too heavy for Carrie to move in," Trask says. "We search all over the world for new designers for all of Carrie’s projects and found an incredible designer, Kojak Studio, from Eygpt who we had not worked with before. This gown just fit her and the moment perfectly. We had two full racks of options for Carrie to try for the finale, but she tried this one on first and just knew it was the one — another one her many gifts!"
"For the recent run of shows we added the title track from Denim & Rhinestones, which called for a different vibe from the rest of the act," Trask says. "We already had an extra costume change in that section for 'Love Wins’ and we couldn’t add another complete costume change, so we transformed the gowns into two pieces so the skirt and belt could tear away to reveal the denim look underneath.”
“Collaborating with Carrie and the rest of my team to create these unique, transformative looks is a creative dream come true," Trask shares. "Carrie loves the design process and has a great eye and amazing taste, which makes it all a lot of fun.”
“The violet look was another new addition that would also transform into another look underneath," Trask says.
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“Even though the show has remained pretty much the same in terms of the songs we perform, one of the things we do change up from time to time is the wardrobe, which keeps it fresh and fun," Carrie Underwood, who also recently launched her SiriusXM show Carrie's Country, tells PEOPLE exclusively. "A lot of the looks are created just by adding or taking away pieces, not necessarily full costume changes each time.”
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