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“If you got it, flaunt it, boy I know you want it,” cooed Beyoncé in her 2006 hit “Check on It”—and she’s never shied to show us what she’s working with it, whether it’s a baby bump, enviable curves, or a myriad of hairstyles. The world has watched Beyoncé transition from Destiny’s Child’s leading lady to Mrs. Carter. (And the power of Queen Bee was never more evident than the night she casually dropped a fifteen-song, seventeen-video solo album overnight.) Today, Beyoncé kicks off the On the Run tour alongside hubby Jay Z, and naturally, we’re pretty excited to see the costumes. In the meantime, we take a look back at the evolution of Beyoncé’s style and career.
In Her Dereon Jeans
As far as outrageous mixing-and-matching goes, no girl group made quite the impression like Destiny’s Child in the late nineties. When the fresh-faced Beyoncé Knowles, accompanied by (then) members LaTavia Roberson, LeToya Luckett, and Kelly Rowland, debuted the “Bills, Bills, Bills” music video in 1998, the quartet embraced coordination in various iterations of Tina Knowles’ designs. Following some shake-ups in the bandmate department, the “survivors,” alongside new member Michelle Williams, went on to dress thrice as nice—in videos, in concert, and in public appearances.
Queen Bey broke from the girl group in 2001 and went on to achieve multi-platinum status in 2003 with her debut solo album, Dangerously in Love, which boasted an impressive roster of collaborators like Missy Elliott and (the then-hyphenated) Jay-Z. For the 2003 tour, as well as her subsequent Beyoncé Experience tour, onstage Queen Bey literally began sparkling on her own. Silver sequins, metallic fringe, and shimmery body-conscious costumes abounded. All that glittered was Beyoncé. (Above, in Giorgio Armani during her Dangerously in Love tour.)
Drunk in Love
After the pair’s “Bonnie & Clyde” (2002) duet, romance rumors about Bey and rapper Jay-Z began circulating. And after they performed together, they started turning up together. Most notable was their promotional appearance on TRL‘s Spankin’ New Music Week in 2002. No stranger to matching her outfits to those of her co-performers, Bey donned a denim dress in coordination with Jay.
Bey’s ‘Bay on Board
When Beyoncé showed up to the 2011 VMAs draped in a fluid, fiery red Lanvin gown, Twitter was set abuzz—was she concealing a bump? Later that night, Bey, in all her sparkly glory, took to the stage in a Dolce & Gabbana tux, topped with a shrunken sequined blazer. But the spotlight was on her tummy. Bey ended her performance, blazer open, rubbing her tummy and confirming suspicions that Blue Ivy was on board. Performing pregnant? All in a day’s work.
She Woke Up Like This
Beyoncé had no shortage of designer duds during her 2013 Mrs. Carter world tour, which boasted costumes by Emilio Pucci’s Peter Dundas, Dsquared², The Blonds, David Koma (who was recently appointed the creative director of Mugler), and Balmain’s Olivier Rousteing. The endless array of glammed-out wares was just further proof that Bey run the world.
Lately, the evolution of hip-hop is nowhere more apparent than in the clothing choices made by rappers. So far we’ve seen Kid Cudi in a crop top, Young Thug in a leopard peplum dress, and Future in a cascade cardigan. Now Jay Z is hopping on the trend. Yesterday, while strolling around NYC with his wife, Beyoncé, Hov was spotted in a women’s jersey by Rodarte from its current collection, emblazoned with scorpion insignia on the sleeves and an “05″ in the middle of the body.
Not that we should expect him to reach Kanye West levels of fashion risk-taking, but Jay Z’s womenswear cosign feels especially notable. Longtime fans of Shawn Carter are well aware that the rapper has never been one to veer left of center when it comes to his wardrobe. So this move marks a stylistic turn for Jay Z—granted, it’s still a football jersey, so he’s not veering too far off course. Curiously, his first choice wasn’t the Tom Ford jersey inspired by his song named for the designer—although Beyoncé wore the sequin dress version onstage recently, so one can assume Mr. and Mrs. Carter aren’t ready to start sharing clothes just yet.
While you were asleep last weekend, Jay Z and Beyoncé released a faux movie trailer that doubles as a promotional video for their upcoming, co-headlining On the Run tour. Perhaps it’s not surprising that the artist who managed to shoot a whopping seventeen videos in secrecy for her self-titled visual album would put together another massive project under the radar. But that doesn’t make it any less impressive that Bey and Jay were able to film a theatrical, production-quality teaser with cameos from Hollywood heavyweights Sean Penn, Jake Gyllenhaal, Blake Lively, Don Cheadle, Rashida Jones and her sister Kidada, Emmy Rossum, and Guillermo Díaz—all over the course of only three days.
“The funny thing is the name of the song is ‘Run’ and everything about the video was super last-minute and fast,” says stylist Mariel Haenn, who rose to the task of putting together upwards of ten outfits just for Beyoncé on extremely short notice. Haenn, who was recruited for the project by director Melina Matsoukas, came up with a modern take on the couple’s “’03 Bonnie & Clyde” style, swapping out Bey’s beret for a balaclava. Haenn’s detail-oriented approach is evident in everything from Bey’s blood-splattered, white-lace Givenchy suit to the real leather gun holster she wears while dancing for Jay Z in bed. We talked to Haenn, who worked alongside her styling partner Rob Zangardi, about the mad dash to come up with enough outfits, getting the blood just right on the Givenchy suit, and styling with guns.
How was the project explained to you?
It was introduced as a music video but shot as if it was a movie trailer, so it had a much bigger production than a music video, especially with all of the cameos. The director [Melina Matsoukas] is one of my best friends. We’ve worked together a lot, so she wrote the treatment and sent it to me. When we were first talking about it, I was like, “How many outfits do you think?” She was like, “Maybe fifteen”—and she’s known for shooting a lot of looks and focusing on fashion. I didn’t know how we were going to get fifteen looks, but at the end of the shoot we had done at least ten looks just for Beyoncé.
With as many looks as there are, were you surprised by how much time each one got on the screen?
No, because I’ve been doing this for about fourteen years. At the end of the day, songs are only [a few] minutes long.
How did you think about the way that each look would function within its scene?
There’s a story line, so we broke down the setups and talked through what Beyoncé would be doing in each setup and went from there. The overall vibe of the video was kind of gritty, street. It had a little bit of a Western vibe, which is cool because she’s from Texas, so we were able to get a little New York, a little Texas, and a little sparkle in.
How did the Western look come about?
It was a red sequined bandana-print bodysuit with fringe on the back. I was digging through a dirty costume rental shop in L.A. called Palace, and it was shoved in between clothes high up on a rack.
It seems like you pulled from a very wide spectrum of places.
Yeah. She wound up wearing a lot of vintage, some high-end designers, but a lot of less-expensive clothing. The T-shirt she wears is from Nasty Gal. The shorts were from One Teaspoon. There’s a pink plastic skirt that’s from American Apparel. It was a good combination of high and low.
As far as the white Givenchy suit she’s wearing, what was the process like of splattering the fake blood across it?
It’s funny because we were all standing there nervous to do it because once you do it, it’s done. Her mom [Tina Knowles] thought the outfit was so beautiful and was like, “No, don’t ruin it.” But the adding of the blood was amazing and awesome for the concept of the video. I told her, “Those are the kind of pieces that you can frame or put somewhere that will be iconic down the road.” For the process, at first her makeup artist was trying to do it carefully and a little bit at a time, and then Melina said we needed a bit more. So Beyoncé started dumping it on herself and it was working. She just grabbed it and went for it.
So Beyoncé was pretty hands-on.
She trusts Melina and they’ve shot a lot of videos together. Everyone was on the same page, which is great when we were working together for the first time. We had a fitting the night before and figured out looks, so when we saw her on set the next day, we had figured out the outfits she liked. The things that took a little longer were just the basics, like the black leather bra she’s wearing under the fur. We tried a couple different versions of bra tops to wear underneath it. We just wanted to find the perfect one.
Did you work with all of the actors?
Initially Melina asked me to have some stuff on standby, and we dressed Blake Lively, but I believe Emmy [Rossum] brought her cop uniform. Everyone else sort of brought their own thing and we just guided them and gave them pieces if they needed something.
Are there any interesting stories behind the props?
The gun holster Beyoncé’s wearing in the striptease scene is a legitimate holster we purchased with a real gun that’s fixed to use on set. It’s completely legal and the gun doesn’t work. It was really heavy and the leather was really hard. When you’re using legitimate gun holsters and props, it adds a feeling of dangerousness and excitement versus doing fake costumes.
Today in Jay Z and Beyoncé news, the power pair has released a trailer for their upcoming On The Run Tour, which kicks off on June 29. The nearly four minute video clip feels more movie trailer than promo short, and sees the couple unleash their inner Bonnie & Clyde—flashback to 2003—and wreak havoc. The clip boasts an impressive lineup of star-studded appearances (from Blake Lively, Sean Penn, and Jake Gyllenhaal, just to name a few), but we couldn’t take our eyes off Virgil Abloh’s signature Off-White camo jacket, which Jay Z is seen wearing at the 1:05 and 1:33 marks. It was only five months ago that the Chicago-born designer (who also happens to be Kanye West’s creative director) launched his Off-White streetwear label. As if his recent foray into womenswear and weekly contributions to Style Map weren’t enough to stir up buzz, a nod from music’s royal couple will undoubtedly put Abloh on quite a few radars.
When designer Erica Young learned that Beyoncé was a fan of her boudoir-inspired hosiery and bodysuit line, Erica M., she didn’t expect to hear it at a party, let alone from the star herself. The designer had previously sent the singer some of her very sexy, very Bey-worthy pieces at Beyoncé’s request. “I couldn’t have been more starstruck,” the designer told us by phone. “She said she was sorry she hadn’t been photographed in them, because she mainly wore them at home in front of her husband!”
Launched in 2012, the Jay-approved line is comprised of somewhat risqué hosiery and bodysuits, the designs including prints of garters, suspender belts, corsets, and lace (so you don’t have to wear them). Pieces you could imagine on Bey. In fact, it was Beyoncé’s suggestion that Young create all of her signature tights in nude (they are currently available in black). Young is now launching her Fall ’14 collection, which debuts exclusively here. Two new hosiery and bodysuit styles contain patterns such as hearts and leopard print and will be offered in a variety of colors including red and white.
“I focused on redefining the Erica M. woman,” said Young. “She is a working lady who likes to have something a little sexy on underneath to reveal at the end of a long day. She’s strong and walks with a swing in her step.” And now? “I want her to feel more empowered. The evocative pattern placements are designed to feel playful and rebellious, but still elegant.” And if an endorsement from Queen Bey herself isn’t enough, the designer is also working on a Beyoncé-requested catsuit. “It’s still in prototype stages, but it’s daring, to say the least.”