In case your direct-to-brain-from-Beyhive app is broken: rumor has it that when Queen Beyonce plays Super Bowl XLVII this weekend, there will be a special, super-spectacular, long-awaited, brain-detonating performance by Destiny's Child. Should the internet be correct, and should Destiny's Child indeed reunite, you can basically divine their setlist: after Beyonce does her thing, Kelly and Michelle will emerge to fireworks and new song "Nuclear," then they'll bust off a medley of some of their greatest hits, topped off with "Independent Women Part 1," which they must have performed at 365 awards shows during the Year of Charlie's Angels, anno domini. The real stumper is, after more than six years apart...what will they possibly wear? Since their last show together in 2005, they've all done complete style 180s, each going in the direction of higher fashion for their more frequent solo red carpets. (They have also clearly been freed from the girl-group albatross of wearing matching ensembles, racing forth like wild ponies fleeing a burning forest into the life-sustaining clothing racks of their individual personalities. Hallelu, hallelu.)
Hoping for a crystal ball into their potential Superbowl estilo, we spent hours face-deep in YouTube, scouting some of the most memorable costumes the quartet-ternt-trio ever wore live, and breaking them down with our eagle eyes chronologically here. Bonus shadow-styling courtesy Beyonce's mama Tina Knowles, whose manicured hands were in these ladies' boudoirs long before House of Deréon was birthed into the world.
LIKE A TUPAC COWBOY (2000)
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Early DC were ardent aficionados of distressed denim, particularly whilst embellished with rhinestones, embroidery, and creative scissor-work—note in this photo, snapped at London's Hyde Park on New Year's Day 2000, Kelly Rowland's victory-V hem is joined by chopped-off beltloops...because waistlines! Who needs 'em! During the Destiny's Child/The Writing's on the Wall eras, circa '98-'00, they were often set on regular-gal vibes, repping rough-and-tumble home state Texas with workwear like this, while staying true to the strong-woman emittances of their music. Abdominals: it ain't no joke. That said, it's surprising to see LaToya Luckett and Michelle Williams wearing such similar jeans-and-tank-top ensembles, because part of the Destiny's Child mystique, of course, was that they always rocked similar fabrics but wildly different silhouettes. Beyonce's 'Pac bandana tank-top thingamajig is bringing back sharply technicolor memories of the early '00s...when people were prone to wearing (and DIY'ing!) bandana tank-top thingamajigs. #neverforget