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!
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.
Beyonce in her new Versace performance outfit.
True to our prediction, Beyonce’s Mrs. Carter Show wardrobe got a major refresh. Bey didn’t only recruit Givenchy’s Riccardo Tisci to design ***flawless duds for her post-visual album set, she also tapped Donatella Versace. We didn’t exactly see that one coming, though. Tom Ford seemed like a likelier match given the designer’s love of the Carter family (see: the custom heels he made for Blue Ivy, all of the times Bey has worn him, and, of course, his most recent collection, inspired by Jay Z’s song named for him #meta). Although Donatella has pretty much pledged her allegiance to Lady Gaga, let's be real: Who isn’t vying to dress Beyonce?
Hot on the heels of Tom Ford's "knockoff of the knockoff" Molly dresses making their London Fashion Week debut, Beyonce is casting the spotlight yet again in the direction of Jay Z-loving French brand BBP. After performing "XO" at the Brit Awards—her first time back on that stage in 10 years—Bey wore her glittering blue Vrettos Vrettakos dress straight onto the plane. But not before swapping out her Gianmarco Lorenzi heels for sneaker wedges and shrugging on this BBP "Picasso Baby" jacket.
Beyonce wears Alon Livne on The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour.
Photo: Courtesy of Beyonce.com/Splash News
Just when you think you can't get any more excited about Beyonce's headline-making wardrobe The Mrs. Carter Show tour wardrobe, she goes and uploads a bajillion unseen designer sketches of her impossibly high fashion performance outfits. It's enough to make any Bey Stan and/or fashion nerd's head spin! *selects answer D: all of the above* Posted alongside brand new concert snaps, Mrs. Hov unveils a slew of inspired mock-up drawings, from the vibrant red Alon Livne gown with waist-high slits (which BTW gives us grown-up vibes of the orange mini Bey wore for her wind machine dance in the "Crazy In Love" music video) to her SECOND gold nipple outfit of the tour courtesy of Ralph & Russo.
Beyonce wears Emilio Pucci on her The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour.
Photo: Splash News/Courtesy of Emilio Pucci's Facebook
Beyhive, stand up! Our girl Beyonce has officially kicked off her The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour as of last night in Belgrade, Serbia. Thanks to the magic of the interwebz, we're picking up snippets of information about the performance and set list, only further escalating our frenzied anticipation for the tour's stateside homecoming in June. Most importantly (for us anyway), the first night reveal of King Bey's summer tour also means a first look at her Mrs. Carter wardrobe (which, BTW, has just added custom creations from Emilio Pucci, Ralph & Russo, Givenchy, The Blonds, and Vrettos Vrettakos to its already stacked roster). While we're not 100% sure if we're furious that this is spoiling the surprise of the real-deal show or ecstatic that the world wide web affords us the opportunity to eradicate FOMO before even exhibiting symptoms, we're rounding up all the outfits we've seen so far just for you!