Fashion renaissance? How Beyonce's current world tour is like a runway show


Louis Vuitton designed not only her outfits, but also the ones worn by her dancers. Photo: Louis Vuitton

Bow in reverence to one of music’s biggest stars. Beyonce, dubbed “Queen Bey” by fans, returned to the stage in May.

Her first solo tour since 2016, it proved to be nothing short of phenomenal – especially where fashion is concerned.

Beyonce kicked it off in Stockholm wearing a regal Alexander McQueen crystal-embroidered bodysuit and matching ankle boots. The ensemble looked simply explosive.

For that concert, she also worked with Olivier Rousteing, creative director of Balmain, to create a corset look. She paired it with thigh-high black latex boots.

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There were, of course, other fashion labels “named dropped” that night as well – just too numerous for a full commentary.

Beyonce’s ongoing Renaissance World Tour has made stops in Brussels, London, Barcelona, Marseille, Amsterdam and more.

It is currently touring cities in the US, and will complete its schedule in New Orleans by September.

So far, her outfit choices have read like a long calendar list for fashion weeks.

Mugler, Loewe, Courreges, Gucci, Fendi, David Koma, Louis Vuitton, Lanvin, Marine Serre, Schiaparelli, Acne Studios, Valentino, Givenchy, Ferragamo, Elie Saab... and, the list goes on.

It is not just clothes too. Bringing on the theatrics, Beyonce also sported out-there accessories.

Avant-garde headgear and bling helped up the drama of her performances. These really electrified her persona on stage and transformed her shows.

She even partnered with Tiffany & Co. The luxury brand designed custom jewellery that made her stage looks sparkle even more.

Case in point is the audio earpiece she has been wearing, made from 4.5 carats of white diamonds.

If you think that Beyonce has been randomly picking out brands for her performances, think again. Her tour is one well-thought out, elaborate fashion affair.

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For example, she exclusively wore outfits designed by Black designers for her performance that coincided with Juneteenth – June 19, the date commemorating the end of slavery in the US.

And it took at least one year of style planning.

“I started designing this collection over a year ago,” she wrote on Instagram, about wearing looks from her own label, Ivy Park, founded in 2016.

“I was so engulfed in all things Renaissance and was inspired by Studio 54, Bob Mackie and the disco era.”


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