Be Bey's twin.
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Beyonce and her Mrs. Carter Show tour have been K-I-L-L-I-N-G it in the onstage wardrobe department. Her sparkly bodysuits and badass moto jackets are just adding to the already overflowing pile of reasons why Bey is Queen of our Fashion Universe. But even royals have to step out of their Versace originals every once in a while—you know, to level with us mere mortals. And what could be more relatable than strutting the streets of London in off-the-rack duds?
“I don’t think you’re ready for this jumpsuit” is what Beyonce could be singing during her Mrs. Carter Show tour, if she felt like riffing off the lyrics to “Bootylicious.” This sparkly nude number is the latest addition to Queen Bey’s ever-expanding killer wardrobe. It isn’t exactly the most nude thing we’ve seen Mrs. Carter in—the molded Blonds bodysuit she’s been wearing on stage is a frontrunner—but it is the closest we’ve seen Bey come to Britney’s iconic glittering nude suit from “Toxic” and, man, is she pulling it off.
Sure, many of the Oscars most-anticipated awards are doled out for exemplary acting, but don't forget, it's a night of musical performances, too. Gold statuettes of little bald men are awarded to Best Original Score AND Best Original Song winners, and often, there's time in the ceremony for the nominees to take the stage. As we gear up for Sunday night and the potential return of Pharrell's giant hat *fingers crossed*, we're looking back at some of the best performance outfits in Academy Awards history.
MADONNA IN 1991
Madonna performs at the 1991 Academy Awards.Photo: YouTube
Of course, we have to kick this off with Madonna. Arguably THE best Oscars onstage outfit of all time (IMHO), Madge channeled Marilyn Monroe for her performance of "Sooner or Later" from the Dick Tracy soundtrack.
Madonna performs at the 1991 Academy Awards.Photo: YouTube
She OWNED the stage in a slinky strapless white gown, a white fur stole, glamorous over-the-elbow gloves, and platinum blonde waves.
Versace's original sketch and Beyonce wearing the 'Bow Down' jacket.
Photo: Beyonce's Tumblr
We've been keeping track of Beyonce's Mrs. Carter Show wardrobe to an almost obsessive degree lately. (So have you. Don't try to deny it.) The new custom-made Versace pieces have surpassed all expectations, and the original design drawings posted to Bey's website are such a welcome bonus. Seeing the transition from sketch to stage is pretty remarkable, but we couldn't help noticing an obvious difference between the final product and OG design of that epic "Bow Down" moto jacket. It seems Donatella may have originally wanted the back to read "Bitches Bow Down" but ultimately, a slightly more PG version ended up on the piece.
Driver, roll up the partition, please. I can only watch Beyonce's "Partition" music video in private because this ish is WAY TOO STEAMY. *douses face with a cup of cold water, fans self vigorously* Members of the esteemed BeyHive (of which I am most definitely a part) have been watching this vid—along with the other 16 from her visual album—since late last year, but it just dropped in full for the world wide web to view today! Directed by Jake Nava and styled by B. Akerlund (plus Ty Hunter, obvi), the short follows Mrs. Carter through a VIVID mid-breakfast fantasy sequence.
A still from Beyonce's "Partition" music video.
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We open on King Bey posted up in very Downton Abbey eating quarters, nomming on breakfast and tea (presumably with her hubby Jay Z). She's clad in a crisp Chanel robe, CC certified earrings, black-rimmed Tom Ford cat-eye reading glasses, and a turquoise silk lingerie set with black lace details from La Perla Neglige. Oh, also BRIGHT red lips and nails.
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?
Givenchy's sketches and Beyonce wearing the outfit.
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.)
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 has you covered this Valentine's Day.
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If rapper and pop star valentines won’t cut it for your boo, don’t sweat, Beyonce has you covered. The First Lady of Pop is releasing a Yours & Mine box set just in time for V-Day, and it comes with Beyonce-approved lingerie, so you can tell your loved one, “I just wanna say you’re mine.” We always knew Beyonce was thoughtful, but this box set is another reminder: For $40, you’ll get any combination of his & hers, hers & hers, or his & his undies and can choose from boxers and boyshorts emblazoned with “Yours” and “Mine” (the title of her song with Drake) in her album’s iconic pink font. (SERFBOARDT sweatshirt not included.) Just be sure to order by February 8 to guarantee delivery in time for the holiday.