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Beyonce

Crazy in love, y'all.
Photo: @riccardotisci17 Instagram

When we first saw the spectacular lineup for Beyonce and Jay Z's On the Run wardrobe, we just had one question: Where's the Givenchy? Thankfully, it only took 12 hours for fashion house head Riccardo Tisci to answer that question with a few Instagrams. The couple's BFF and frequent collaborator—see also: Watch the Throne artwork, and Beyonce's tour wardrobe and Met Gala dresses from the past couple of years—is responsible for at least two creations on this tour.

Beyonce

Crazy in love, y'all.
Photo: @riccardotisci17 Instagram

The black and white American flag dress Beyonce wears is one of Tisci's designs. TBH, I never considered the possibility that our country's flag could make for such a stunning bustle but leave it to Bey and T. to pull off the seemingly impossible. But also, Beyonce can literally make wallpaper look good.

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As you know, the #WORLDSMOSTTALKEDABOUTWEDDING is approaching. But for all that’s being said about it, we know surprisingly little about Kim Kardashian and Kanye West’s upcoming marriage extravaganza. While rumors have been swirling, we can glean that wedding guests are meeting in Paris and then mayyyybe flying from there to Florence where the pair could marry at Fort Belvedere. On Friday, there will be a brunch hosted by Valentino and covered by Vogue then followed by a rehearsal dinner. The next day, Kimye will be officially wed. Everything else we can only guess, from the soundtrack—aside from rumored guest of honor Lana Del Rey—to the vows which *fingers crossed* will be answered with “uh-huh honey.” We’re more preoccupied with the clothing though because when Kanye’s involved, that’s the main attraction. So, we did some sleuthing based on the couple’s whereabouts in Paris this past week and deduced all of the possibilities. Let’s get into it.

SAINT LAURENT

Kanye West, Kim Kardashian

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West at Saint Laurent in Paris.
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When: May 19, 2014
Where: 53 Avenue Montaigne
What it might mean for the wedding: Perhaps Kanye is trying to be “the bigger person” by extending a wedding invite to the fashion house’s head Hedi Slimane. Bonus points for Kanye if that invite comes without stipulation that Slimane can’t attend any other wedding this season. (After Slimane once told Kanye he could attend Saint Laurent’s show only if he didn’t attend any others that season, Kanye was inspired to write “I Am a God.”)

VERSACE

Kanye West, Kim Kardashian

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West at Versace in Paris.
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When: May 19, 2014
Where: 45 Avenue Montaigne
What it might mean for the wedding: Donatella Versace will probably be in attendance. The instinct here is to think that she’d be designing for the couple, their guests of honor, or even the place settings—Versace home is decadent like no other—but considering Kanye’s strict adherence to minimalism as of late, I’m going to rule that out since Versace’s aesthetic is all flash. More likely, they’ll be extending an invitation to Donatella to be their guest for this intimate weekend in reciprocation for her letting the Kardashian clan stay at her Miami home for a week this past March.

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Beyonce

Beyonce at the Met Gala and Riccardo Tisci's sketch.
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The 2014 Met Gala might have been days ago, but the world is STILL talking about Beyonce's red carpet appearance—and not just because Jay Z pretended to propose to her. Her ultra-glamorous getup, consisting of a Givenchy dress and birdcage veil, was easily one of the evening's best couture displays. And judging by the designer sketch Beyonce posted on her website, the ensemble was stunning from the very start.

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Rihanna

No shirt, no problem.
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"No Shirt, No Service" has pretty much become an implied rule in every restaurant and store across the country. But Rihanna has never been one to follow the rules, has she? That's why we were only marginally surprised by her decision to grab dinner in L.A. last night in an outfit that was notably missing a shirt. Rih was just getting back from performing/hanging with Drake on his European tour, so all her favorite tops are probably wrinkled from her suitcase. Or the more likely explanation: She is Rihanna and can do whatever she wants. Either way, she rocked the look so hard that the restaurant's manager probably threw his entire rule book out the window.

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Beyonce

A still from Beyonce's 'Behind The Scenes: Wardrobe' video.Photo: Beyonce's YouTube Channel

In between marveling at Beyonce’s ever-expanding Mrs. Carter wardrobe, we’ve always wondered what her process of collaboration is like with designers, how she ultimately chooses the pieces she wears, and exactly how many hours go into each of them. Thanks to a new video Bey rolled out on her YouTube page last week, now we know!

Beyonce

A still from Beyonce's 'Behind The Scenes: Wardrobe' video.Photo: Beyonce's YouTube Channel

The behind-the-scenes clip is a fascinating look at all of the glorious clothes in the Mrs. Carter Tour and the stories behind them. As it turns out, Beyonce’s camp reaches out to different designers for sketches, selects favorites from those, and then fleshes out the fabrics and details. For the “Flawless” look that Bey unveiled last month, her team asked Givenchy to create a more “upscale and stage friendly” version of the look, explains fashion stylist Ty Hunter, which resulted in the bedazzled plaid shirt and sequined shorts with a plaid, suspender-y strap.

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Jay Z, Kanye West

Jay Z and Kanye West reunite the Throne at SXSW.
Photo: @jerrylorenzo's Instagram

Don't rub your eyes. The above picture of Jay Z and Kanye West is, in fact, NOT from 2011. Jay and Ye joined forces again LAST NIGHT (March 12) during Austin's SXSW music festival—a Watch the Throne reunion of epic proportions that was only just announced this Monday (March 10). Amidst many of their solo hits—"Tom Ford," "New Slaves," "Izzo (HOVA)," and "Runaway" to name a few—Yeezy and Hov performed Throne classics like "H*A*M," "Who Gon' Stop Me," "No Church in the Wild," "Otis," and of course, "N***** in Paris" for their two-hour, 35-song set. But the music wasn't the only part of the Throne they brought back: They also resurrected their Givenchy performance steez.

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rihanna

SHE does Paris Fashion Week.
Photos: Getty Images/Photoshop: MTV/Gaby Wilson

If you ever went to Disney World as a little kid, then you likely know the unbridled joy of the beloved character's breakfast. As you and your family ordered eggs and bacon, Disney favorites would walk around the restaurant, allowing for photo ops and scribbling signatures in autograph books. It was kind of like meeting your idols (at an age when idolizing cartoons wasn't totally cray). As an adult, one might liken it to Rihanna's first few days of Paris Fashion Week, where she basically buddied up with ALL the best designers for a monster collection of framable photos. (It should also be noted that Rih managed to wear a different shade of lipstick in every single shot, which is just, like, wow. *bows down*)

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Beyonce

Givenchy's sketches and Beyonce wearing the outfit.
Photo: Beyonce.com

Last night in Glasgow, the Mrs. Carter Show audience was treated to performances of new songs from Beyonce’s self-titled opus and, naturally, new costumes. After all, this is the songstress who made a whopping 17 videos for each new song with exponentially more outfits—there was no way she’d skimp on the clothes for her new post-album set. So Beyonce recruited her designer BFFs like Givenchy’s Riccardo Tisci to draw up some new wares for her tour. NBD. (He's responsible for her above “***Flawless” look.)

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Erykah Badu

Erykah Badu and Riccardo Tisci for 'V' magazine.
Photo: V Magazine

Erykah Badu’s relationship with Givenchy keeps getting better. Not only did the neo-soul songstress partly inspire the fashion house’s Afrocentric-meets-Japanese spring collection, she was also tapped to star in their campaign. And it’s one of the better ones of the season, with Badu flawlessly modeling some of the collection’s strongest looks, like the off-the-shoulder beaded mask tapestry and the deconstructed tux kimono with a top hat. In a batch of campaign photos Badu posted to her Facebook page, she also mixes pieces from Spring '14 with ones from past seasons and her signature turban.

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Erykah Badu

Erykah Badu for Givenchy 2014.
Photo: Erykah Badu's Facebook

Honestly, we would have been perfectly happy with the first set of Erykah Badu campaign photos for Givenchy. They're refreshing and statuesque, and though they're few in number, just the fact that EB is fronting this thing is good enough for us. But then (THEN), she posted six new pics on Facebook showing off pieces from the fashion house's Spring/Summer 2014 collection with iconic items from the recent past like the Rottweiler tee, the star collar, and the Pieta print (all magnified by her own natural beauty).

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I love these two as a couple. What a festive way to celebrate two important events in their life. Mariah looks like a dream.

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