Okay, ladies now let’s get in formation. Beyoncé kicked off her sell-out stadium Formation World Tour earlier this year following the surprise Formation music video, a revelatory return to the Superbowl half time performance and the world stopping album/movie, Lemonade. In this post Lemonade world, it is not only Beyoncé’s incomparable talent and live performances that are on everybody’s lips, but also her style. The world has been waiting with baited breath for the tour and, in particular, for the outfits she will be wearing on tour.
Beyoncé has collaborated with renowned designers DSquared2, Balmain, Roberto Cavalli, Gucci and Atsuko Kudo for the tour. Each one of them drawing inspiration from Lemonade’s powerful motifs, themes and Creole influence to help create new looks through bustiers, bodysuits, over the knee boots and a range of tights to maintain Beyoncé’s iconic silhouette whilst pushing her style forward.
After designing Beyoncé’s leather jacket for her Superbowl performance it came as no surprise that DSquared2 would be involved in the tour. Arguably her most iconic silhouette to date, Beyoncé opened her show in the Victorian inspired bodysuit constructed from tattoo lace and a crystal mesh fishnet. Paired with a long sleeve bustier, leather gloves, ruffled, jeweled ankle boots and THE statement piece, the wide brim hat. Bey looked as though she had just walked off of the set of American Horror Story: Coven with the outfit letting the entire audience know that she came to slay, bitch.
Following on with the Victorian theme, Balmain designed a bodysuit constructed with French lace with a floral motif and hand-embroidered with pearls, crystals and glass beads. The ensemble is further embellished with silk ruffles for that extra touch of Louisiana glamour.
Consistency is key and harkening back to her Superbowl performance as well as her idol, Michael Jackson, Cavalli designed yet another bodysuit complete with over the knee velvet boots with a tiger print. Adorned with black crystals and gold metallic thread, the bodysuit creates a militant decadence; perfect for accompanying Beyoncé’s celebration of her culture in the face of those attempting to boycott the songstress.
While Gucci has designed various outfits for this tour, it is the ruched tulle custom bodysuit, complete with puffy shoulders, that is set to stun above the rest. It is the finer details that set this bodysuit apart with its antique rose sequins, pearl embroidered neck and beaded black panther emblazoned proudly across her breast.
And finally, London based designer, Atsuko Kudo came to slay with a sleek bodysuit in contrast to the embellishments, prints and patterns on the rest of her outfits. Fear not however, as the ruffled neckline and puffy shoulders keep it from departing too far from the tour’s aesthetic. Made entirely from bright red latex, this outfit is bold, daring and, like Queen Bey, ***flawless.